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Women's Basketball Recaps: February 17

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 02/17/2018
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Grambling State 93, Jackson State 89 (OT)

GRAMBLING, La. - Jazmin Boyd and Justice Coleman combined to score 61 points as the Grambling State University women’s basketball team got back into the win column with a thrilling 93-89 overtime victory over Jackson State in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game on Saturday at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center. 

Grambling State led, 18-15 after one period, but Jackson State took a 38-36 lead into the break. JSU led by just one, 57-56, heading into the final quarter.  Grambling State led by three down the stretch, but a 3-pointer by Chelsea Causey tied the game at 71 and forced overtime.

Boyd paced Grambling State (13-12 overall, 10-4 SWAC) with her career-high 31 points and added three rebounds, four assists and one steal. Coleman tossed in a career-high 30 points, five rebounds and one steal. Monisha Neal chipped in with 16 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals, while Shakyla Hill finished with a double-double of 10 points and 11 assists, with seven rebounds and four steals.

Marneisha Hamer led Jackson State (12-11, 7-7) with 27 points, six rebounds, one assists and one steal. Causey registered a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Christina Ellis added 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Grambling State took a 60-59 advantage on a bucket by Boyd with 7:09 left in the fourth quarter, but Jackson State answered and grabbed a 65-63 lead after a layup by Katie Hunt with 4:03 remaining.

Grambling State took control for the next three minutes and took a 71-67 lead after two free throws by Boyd with 1:52 left, but again Jackson State answered and got buckets by Jasmine Redmon and Causey to tie the game at 71 and force overtime.

In the extra period, Grambling State took an 88-86 lead after a jumper by Neal with 1:19 left and a free throw by Hill pushed the margin to 89-86 with 32 seconds remaining. Jackson State tied the game at 89 after a 3-pointer by Ellis with 13 seconds left, but Grambling State got a layup by Neal and Alexus Williams down the stretch to pick up the victory.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Alabama State 58, Southern 56

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State was able to overcome a fourth quarter deficit to the top team in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) in Southern, coming away with a 58-56 victory Saturday afternoon in Dunn-Oliver Acadome.

Alabama State (8-16, 6-7 SWAC) controlled the majority of the game, as the two teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 47-all. Unlike the last contest in Baton Rouge, the Lady Hornets traded baskets with the Jaguars before a three-point basket by Kenya Pye put Alabama State up by three with 5:01 remaining.

Southern (12-10, 11-2 SWAC) stuck around during the final seconds after the Lady Hornets were unable to convert on late game free throws. Kayla Stephens was able to connect on 1-of-2 free throws to secure the win down the stretch.

Tatyana Calhoun led all scorers with 15 points and eight rebounds on 50 (6-of-12) percent shooting from the floor. Courtney Lee added 11 points and six rebounds off the bench, while Pye collected 10 points on 66.6 (2-of-3) percent from beyond the arc. Stephens narrowly missed a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds on 75 (6-of-8) percent shooting from the charity stripe.

The Lady Hornets finished the night shooting 42.9 (18-of-42) percent from the floor, 58.8 (20-of-34) percent from the free throw line and 25 (2-of-8) percent from beyond the arc, while winning the rebounding battle 54-36.

Briana Green led the Jaguars with 15 points, while Briana Thompson finished with 10.

Southern shot 35.5 (22-of-62) percent from the floor and 7.7 (1-of-13) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 45.8 (11-of-24) percent from the free throw line.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Alabama A&M 74, Alcorn State 63

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Ashlyn Dotson scored 18 points while leading the Alabama A&M women's basketball team to a 74-63 conference win over Alcorn State at Elmore Gym on Saturday evening. The Lady Bulldogs led for nearly the entire contest to earn a victory over Alcorn.

Alabama A&M took an early lead, including an eight-point margin (20-12) at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Bulldogs held on to their lead in the second quarter, extending it to as many as 12 with 2:14 remaining in the quarter. The teams would continue to trade points, which included two three-pointers from the Lady Braves. A layup from Alexandra Johnson would send the Lady Bulldogs into the locker room up, 39-28.

The Lady Bulldogs (10-14, 5-8 SWAC) opened the second half with an 8-2 spurt, but Alcorn responded back with a 9-0 run of their own to get within eight of Alabama A&M. With 1:13 remaining in the third, Dotson's fast break layup pushed AAMU's margin back to double-digits, 56-44, heading into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter saw the Lady Bulldogs stretch their lead to 19, 65-46, with 6:07 on the clock. Alcorn would pull within nine with 1:52 remaining to play, but that was the closest they would get as the Lady Bulldogs secured the win.

Dotson netted 9-of-10 from the field and added two blocks for the Lady Bulldogs. Nigeria Jones (15) and Natalie Collins (14) also scored in double digits for Alabama A&M. Collins led the Lady Bulldogs with eight rebounds and Aubriana Bonner grabbed seven boards and four assists. Jones also led the team with five assists. 

Alabama A&M shot 45.6 percent (26-of-57) from the field, 35.7 percent (5-of-14) from behind the arc and 68 percent from the free throw line. The Lady Bulldogs finished with a 38-33 advantage on the boards.

Jada Hargrove paced Alcorn (10-15, 6-8 SWAC) with 17 points, four rebounds and one assist. Alexus Freeman added 12 points for the Lady Braves.

Courtesy: Alabama A&M Sports Information 

Prairie View A&M 89, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 73

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Shala Dobbins scored a career-high 40 points as Prairie View A&M (10-14, 8-5 SWAC) defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff (5-19, 3-11 SWAC) 89-73 Saturday afternoon during conference action in the H.O. Clemmons Arena.

Dobbins, who added six assists, four rebounds and three steals to her scoring, is the first SWAC player in six-plus years to score 40 points in a single game. Alabama State’s Tanika Jackson scored 42 points in a Dec. 16, 2010 game against Oakwood. The nation’s leader in free throws did much of her damage at the line, going 22-of-23 from the stripe.

A tightly-contested game throughout the first half, Arkansas-Pine Bluff led for much of the second quarter before an 8-1 half-closing run – punctuated by a Dominique Newman three-ball – sent Prairie View into the break with the upper hand.

UAPB regained the lead on a layup from Aiya Hassan, but after Faith Ohanta converted a layup in response to a Newman trey, Dobbins took over, scoring 10 points in the frame to power a 22-9 Lady Panther run that ended the third quarter with PVAMU up 65-53.

The Lady Lions got no closer than seven, as Dobbins scored 15 points and iced matters down the stretch from the charity stripe. Newman added 17 points, four rebounds and three steals for Prairie View. Talisha Presley added 15 points and four assists.

Ohanta led UAPB with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Hassan added 12 points, and Destiny Brewton dished 10 assists and netted eight points.

Texas Southern 72, Mississippi Valley State 53

ITTA BENA, Miss. – Joyce Kennerson scored 29 points in leading Texas Southern to a 72-53 win at Mississippi Valley State Saturday afternoon during Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) action in the Harrison HPER Complex.

Kaitlyn Palmer added 10 points for the Lady Tigers (15-9, 10-3 SWAC), who moved within a half-game of Southern for the top spot in league standings. Texas Southern shot 55.6 percent (30-of-54) from the field, as Mississippi Valley (2-24, 2-12 SWAC) never led in the game.

Kennerson powered the Lady Tigers early on, scoring 10 points in the first quarter as TSU took a 20-16 lead at the end of it. Mississippi Valley stayed within striking distance, but Texas Southern went inside to Taylor Robinson in late stages of the first half, as she scored seven points over the final 2:30 of the period to help Texas Southern take a 40-31 lead at the break.

After a low-scoring third, Texas Southern pulled away with an 11-4 run to open the fourth that pushed TSU’s lead to 17. The Lady Tigers led by at least 14 the rest of the way.

LaKendra Bassett led MVSU with 15 points and seven assists. Kenya Arnold posted 10 points and eight rebounds.