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Women's Basketball Recaps: February 10

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Release: 02/10/2018
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Grambling State 75, Prairie View A&M 68

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - Kailyn Gideon didn’t attempt a shot for 39 minutes, but her jumper with 42 seconds remaining on Saturday lifted the Grambling State University women’s basketball team to a season sweep of Prairie View A&M, 75-68, in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game at the William J. Nicks Building.

Grambling State (12-11 overall, 9-3 SWAC) used a 17-3 run over a 3-minute and 40-second stretch in the opening quarter and took a 23-20 advantage into the second. The Lady Tigers led by as many as 12 points in the second period and took a 39-29 lead into the break.

Grambling State pushed the margin to 13 points in the third, but Prairie View A&M used a 19-7 run to close out the period with the Lady Tigers holding a slim, 54-53 lead. Prairie View A&M (8-14, 6-5) held the Lady Tigers to without a field goal for over seven minutes in the final quarter, but Grambling State used a 15-6 run over the final five minutes to pick up its fifth straight win.

Shakyla Hill tied a career high with 26 points, on 7-of-14 shooting, with six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Jazmin Boyd added 17 points, including three 3-pointers, with two assists and one steal. Monisha Neal led the way defensively with 10 rebounds.

Shala Dobbins paced the Lady Panthers with 21 points, four assists, three steals and a pair of boards. Talisha Presley tallied 14 points, three rebounds, two steals, one block and one assist, while La’Neique Nealey registered a double-double of 12 points and a game-high 14 boards.

Down 8-4 early on, the Lady Tigers roared back and used a 17-3 run over the next 3:40 to take a 21-11 advantage after a Neal layup. Prairie View A&M managed to close the quarter on a 9-2 run. Grambling State quickly answered and used a 10-2 run over the first five minutes of the second quarter to grab a 33-22 advantage after a Hill jumper with 4:31 left. The Lady Tigers took a 39-29 lead into the half and extended the lead to 47-34 after a jumper by Hill with 8:49 left in the third, but the Lady Panthers battled back and used a 19-7 run to close out the period down one, 54-53.

In the final period, Grambling State went over seven minutes without a bucket from the field, but Prairie View A&M was unable to get some distance and led 64-61 after a Mariah Campbell layup with 3:15 remaining. The Lady Tigers responded in a big way as Grambling State used a 9-2 run over the next two and a half minutes to grab a 70-66 lead after Gideon’s jumper.

The Lady Panthers could not recover as Grambling State got clutch free throws down the stretch by Hill to pick up the win.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Mississippi Valley State 62, Alcorn State 61

LORMAN, Miss. - Kenya Arnold scored four of Mississippi Valley State's final five points -- including a game-winning free throw with two seconds left -- to push the Devilettes (2-22, 2-10 SWAC) past Alcorn State (9-14, 5-7 SWAC) 62-61 Saturday afternoon in Southwestern Athletic Conference action at the Davey L. Whitney Complex.

Kristy Parker led MVSU with 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting and seven rebounds. LaKendra Bassett was a rebound shy of a triple-double with 14 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds and three steals. Sydney Floyd added 15 points.

Tia Sanders apced Alcorn State with 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting from three. Miracle Rushing posted 14 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks. Alexus Freeman scored nine points, dished six assists, grabbed four rebounds and made four steals, but was just 4-of-17 (0-for-9 3-PT) from the field.

Up 47-42 heading to the fourth, Alcorn pushed its lead to eight after Ugochinyere Nwarie sank both ends of a trip to the foul line, making it 53-45 Lady Braves with 7:19 left. The Devilettes struggled to close the gap until Floyd converted a lay-up with 3:25 left to spark a Devilette comeback. From there, Mississippi Valley attacked inside as Bassett made a swipe and converted on the other end, and Parker answered a lay-up from Alcorn's Brianna Tolliver with one of her own.

With 44 ticks left, Arnold drew a foul from Rushing and -- while she missed the second shot of her trip to the stripe -- MVSU corralled the offensive rebound and Arnold scored to make it 60-59. Freeman went 1-of-2 at the line on Alcorn's next possession, and Parker tied it with 13 seconds left before Arnold won it from the line.

Southern 59, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 46

BATON ROUGE, La. - A quick start propelled Southern (11-10, 10-2 SWAC) to a 59-46 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (5-17, 3-9) Saturday afternoon at the F.G. Clark Activity Center during Southwestern Athletic Conference action.

Alyric Scott led the Jaguars with 16 points and five rebounds. Skylar O'Bear, Samantha Duncan and Jaden Towner each scored eight points for Southern.

Faith Ohanta dealt a double-double for UAPB with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Ohanta was 13-of-22 from the foul line, outshooting the Jaguars from the stripe on her own. Malaik Muhammad scored seven points, and Destiny Brewton and Noe'll Taylor added six points apiece.

After shaking off a slow start to put together a 12-2 run to end the first quarter with a 17-6 lead, the Jaguars pushed ahead thanks to the long ball and extended their lead to 25-8 after taking advantage of a UAPB cold snap where the Lady Lions did not make a field goal for five-plus minutes. Southern led by as many as 21 before UAPB closed the half on a 7-0 run, leaving Southern's lead at 33-19.

Southern remained in control from there, leading by as many as 23 in the fourth. Arkansas-Pine Bluff made a run late, closing the game on a 17-7 run and capitalizing on careless play from the Jaguars, but Southern's lead proved insurmountable.

With the win, Southern remains atop league standings and is the first team to reach the 10-win mark in conference play this season.

Alabama State 55, Alabama A&M 44

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Alabama State avenged an earlier season defeat, walking away with a 55-44 win at rival Alabama A&M Saturday afternoon at the T.M. Elmore Gymnasium in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) contest.

The victory was Alabama State's third in its last four meetings with the Bulldogs after splitting the series this season.

Tatyana Calhoun led Alabama State (7-16, 5-7 SWAC) with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor and 80.0 (4-of-5) percent shooting from the charity stripe. Arleatha Gipson, Victoria Harvey and Courtney Lee each scored eight points, while Harvey chipped in seven rebounds.

Shamyiah Smith also added seven points and six rebounds, while Kenya Pye contributed with four points and six rebounds in the victory.

After trailing 13-10 at the end of the first quarter, the teams traded baskets before Alabama A&M (9-14, 4-8 SWAC) was able to create separation with a 3-point basket to go up 26-19. Though narrowly outscored in the second quarter, the Bulldogs held a 26-21 advantage going into the halftime break.

Alabama State began the third quarter on a 7-2 run, led by Calhoun who scored all her points in the second half, to briefly claim the lead at 35-32 with 6:19 remaining in the frame. The advantage would swing back and forth a few times over the course of the next few minutes before the two teams ended the third quarter tied at 38-38.

Alabama State took over the contest in the fourth, as the Lady Hornets made their first two baskets to open the stanza. Harvey ignited Elmore Gymnasium with a blocked shot and a bucket by Kenya Pye in transition to give Alabama State a 46-40 lead, which forced Alabama A&M to call a timeout. The Lady Hornets continued to find ways to score and opened up a 51-44 lead in which the Bulldogs could not recover.

The Lady Hornets finished the night shooting 43.1 (22-of-51) percent from the floor and 68.8 (11-of-16) percent from the free throw line, and winning the rebounding battle 41-32.

Ashlyn Dotson finished with 15 points, while Kenisha Tharpe had eight. Alabama A&M shot 29.6 (16-of-54) percent from the floor and 15.4 (2-of-13) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 58.8 (10-of-17) percent from the free throw line.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Texas Southern 71, Jackson State 66

HOUSTON - Joyce Kennerson scored 26 points as Texas Southern (13-9, 8-3 SWAC) completed a season sweep of Jackson State thanks to a 71-66 win Saturday evening at TSU’s HPER Arena.

Taylor Robinson aided Texas Southern's winning effort with 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with six boards and three blocks.

Marneisha Hamer, Derica Wiggins and Christina Ellis combined to score 38 points for Jackson State (12-9, 7-5 SWAC). Hamer led the Lady Tigers with 15 points on 3-6 shooting from the field and 9-12 shooting from the free throw line. She also had a team high eight rebounds. Wiggins came off the bench to score 12 points on 4-11 shooting and Ellis, the reigning SWAC Player of the Week finished with 11 points and four rebounds.

In a game where JSU never led, the Lady Tigers cut the Texas Southern lead down to five points or less four times – including on a Kawaii Perry three with 20 seconds left in regulation and on an Ellis layup in the final eight seconds.

Texas Southern opened the game with an 11-0 run and maintained a lead for the rest of the game. Midway through the second quarter JSU cut the lead down to 29-24. TSU held a 36-30 advantage at halftime. Texas Southern outscored JSU by three (17-14) in the third quarter.

JSU opened the fourth quarter with a 6-2 run to make the score 55-50 at the 8:32 left mark. The run was sparked by Derica Wiggins who scored a pair of baskets. With 7:22 left in the fourth a Wiggins jumper cut the lead to 55-52. Moments later Kaitlyn Palmer knocked down a three to push the lead back up to six points (58-52) and JSU would get no closer.

Texas Southern took the regular season series with the win. TSU won the first meeting of the season 77-74 in Jackson (Jan. 13). In that game Ellis scored a then career-high 27 points.

Courtesy: Jackson State University Sports Media