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Women's Basketball Recaps: January 15

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 01/15/2018
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Texas Southern 73, Grambling State 63

GRAMBLING, La. – The Lady Tigers of Texas Southern University overwhelmed Grambling State in the fourth quarter Monday to claim a 73-63 win at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

Graduate transfer Taylor Robinson came off the TSU bench to score 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field to help the visiting Lady Tigers pull away from Grambling in the fourth quarter. The 6-foot-4 Robinson scored nine points and pulled in three offensive rebounds in the final period.

Joyce Kennerson poured in a game-high 23 points and Kaitlyn Palmer added 20 points for Texas Southern (8-8), which improved its Southwestern Athletic Conference record to 3-2 with the win. Palmer was 6-of-11 from 3-point range during the game.

Kennerson recorded game highs of five assists and five steals to lead the visiting Lady Tigers. Meanwhile, TSU held Grambling’s Shakyla Hill, who made national news with the NCAA’s first quadruple-double in a quarter-century, to 12 points, four assists and two steals. Jazmin Boyd scored 13 points off the GSU bench for Grambling (7-10, 4-2 SWAC).

A 13-4 TSU run midway through the fourth quarter helped the visiting Tigers pull away from Grambling in what had been a very close game up to that point. Five different TSU players scored during that three-minute stretch, which was capped with a Palmer 3-pointer with 4:12 remaining to put the visitors ahead 66-55.

Texas Southern shot 60 percent (9 of 15) from the floor during the fourth quarter as the visiting Lady Tigers outscored Grambling 24-14. TSU’s inside game was key to claiming the team’s third win in its last four games. The visitors outrebounded Grambling 44-26, and held a 19-8 advantage in second-chance points. TSU also outscored Grambling 34-22 in the paint.
Palmer’s six 3-pointers were the most by a Texas Southern player against another NCAA Division I team since she went 8-of-16 from the perimeter in her TSU debut in the team’s 89-68 win at UTEP in the 2016-17 season opener. Camille Mills and Breasia McElrath scored seven points apiece for Texas Southern. McElrath pulled in seven rebounds, while Mills, TSU’s top rebounder and the second-leading rebounding guard in the SWAC, grabbed six rebounds.

Courtesy: TSU Sports Information

Jackson State 70, Prairie View A&M 61

JACKSON, Miss. - Christina Ellis scored 18 points and nabbed four steals to lead Jackson State (9-6, 4-2 SWAC) to a 70-61 victory over Prairie View A&M (4-12, 2-3 SWAC) in conference play Monday night at Lee E. Williams Athletic Assembly Center.

Jackson State largely controlled matters from the first quarter, taking a 34-28 advantage into the break. Prairie View A&M drew within one after three (49-48), but the Lady Tigers were stronger in the final frame to pull away.

After a lay-up by Marneisha Hamer put JSU up 43-32 with 5:53 left in the third, Dominique Newman buried a three and Jhyrah Cobb scored a lay-up to cut the deficit to single digits. From there, Prairie View managed to get back in it by forcing its way to the free throw line. The Lady Panthers closed the quarter on a 16-6 run, with Prairie View A&M scoring more than half of their points at the charity stripe.

Prairie View opened the fourth quarter with a 5-0 run to take a 54-49 lead, but Ellis converted a close-range basket and Mariah Smelser converted a three-point play to put the Lady Tigers back ahead 56-54. Ellis was the difference down the stretch, scoring six points as Jackson State ended the game on a 14-7 run.

Derica Wiggins scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds in her most extensive action since Jan. 3, from which date she had missed two of Jackson State's prior three games and played sparingly in the third. Hamer added 11 points and five rebounds.

Newman led PVAMU with 16 points, six rebounds and five steals. Shala Dobbins scored 12 points while going 10-of-14 from the line, chipping in four rebounds and four steals.

Alcorn State 80, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 77

PINE BLUFF, Ark . - Arkansas-Pine Bluff stormed back late, but the Alcorn State University women's basketball program held on for an 80-77 victory Monday at H.O. Clemmons Arena.

With less than eight seconds remaining in the game, Alcorn inbounded the ball with a narrow 78-77 lead. Tia Sanders launched it mid-court to Miracle Rushing, who made an uncontested layup to leave the Lady Lions (3-12, 1-4 SWAC) with only :05 to get a shot off. Alexus Freeman burned some time with a quick steal and turnover, leaving the Lady Lions with a desperation heave from their own free-throw line that fell well short.

Rushing led four Lady Braves in double figures with a 21-point, 15-rebound double-double. Freeman followed with 15 points, while Sanders and Jada Hargrove added 13 points each.

The Lady Braves (7-10, 3-3 SWAC) doubled-up on the hosts in the opening quarter, 20-10. Alcorn scored the first seven points of the game on a free-throw, a pair of jumpers, and a layup. The hosts answered with a pair of long balls and a layup to take over 8-7, but a Rushing tip-in ignited a 9-0 run.

Alcorn  pushed its advantage to 18 several times as Freeman knocked down a three at the 4:14 mark (38-20) and Lane stroked a long ball from the left corner with 1:48 to play in the first half (45-27). The Lady Braves led 47-33 at intermission.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff outscored Alcorn in both the third and fourth quarters. The Lady Lions were 5-6 at the free-throw line in the third quarter, allowing the hosts to creep back into the game. UAPB scored 11 unanswered late in the quarter to make it a 61-53 Alcorn lead with :11 on the clock, but De'Asia Brown made both of her shots at the line to push it back to double digits.

The Lady Lions used a 10-2 run that took up more than half of the final 10 minutes of play to pull within 70-65 (4:28). The Lady Braves went back up 76-68 at the 1:24 mark on a Hargrove layup, but UAPB refused to go down without a fight. A Totten three-pointer highlighted a 7-0 swing that made it a one-point game with just :19 left on the clock. Rushing and Noe'll Taylor then traded scores to set up the closing sequence.

Totten totaled 20 points with eight boards to pace the Lady Lions. Also reaching double-digit scoring were Taylor with 11 points and Destiny Brewton with 10 points.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information

Southern70, Mississippi Valley State 54

ITTA BENA, Miss. - Three Southern players scored in double figures as the Jaguars (6-9, 5-1 SWAC) pulled away for a 70-54 conference win over Mississippi Valley State (0-17, 0-5 SWAC) Monday night at R.W. Harrison HPER Complex.

A tight contest at the break, the second half was the difference. Southern outscored the Devilettes 21-12 in the third quarter, providing itself an advantage that held strong the rest of the way.

Briana Green led Southern with 17 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Samantha Duncan added 15 points, and Alyric Scott chipped in 13 points, three assists and three steals.

MVSU led 13-5 early on, but Southern remained in striking distance thanks to ending the first quarter on an 11-4 run. The Devilettes remained in front until there was 4:18 left in the half, where Skylar O'Bear buried a three-pointer to give the Jaguars a 24-23 lead. Southern ultimately took a 30-27 advantage into the break.

Southern remained in front, but after a Desiray Mosley lay-up brought the Devilettes within one (37-36), Green went on a tear, scoring eight points during a 14-3 run by the Jaguars that put them up 12 going to the final quarter, and Southern led by double-digits from there.

Kristy Parker scored 16 to lead MVSU. Mosley added 13 points, and Makayla Bonner scored 11. LaKendra Bassett was limited to six points.