Women's Basketball Recaps: March 1
Texas Southern 66, Southern 60
BATON ROUGE, La. – Joyce Kennerson scored 22 points, and Taylor Robinson added 18 as Texas Southern downed Southern 66-60 at the F.G. Clark Activity Center Thursday night.
With the win, the Lady Tigers (18-10, 13-4 SWAC) remain in the conversation for the No. 1 overall seed after forcing a tie atop league standings with Southern (14-12, 13-4 SWAC).
TSU roared out of the gate in the first to the tune of a 14-4 run. as Kennerson scored 11 points in the opening period to lead Texas Southern to a 25-15 advantage heading into the second quarter. The Lady Tigers pressed forward, leading by as many as 14 and taking a 43-29 lead into the break.
Southern managed to clamp down in the second half, limiting Kennerson to just three points following intermission. However, despite forcing Texas Southern into 23 turnovers, the Jaguars were never able to overtake the Lady Tigers down the stretch.
In the fourth, Texas Southern – who came into the frame up 57-46 – started slowly as the Jaguars cut into the lead with a 6-0 run. Eventually, Southern’s Briana Green knocked down a jumper to make the game 61-60 with 2:50 left, but Southern’s offense disappeared from there as TSU scored the game’s final five points.
Camille Mills and Chynna Ewing each grabbed 11 boards as Texas Southern outrebounded Southern 46-30 and limited the Jaguars to a 35.7 percent clip from the field (25-of-70). TSU shot 51 percent (25-of-49) from the floor.
Green led Southern with 13 points. Samantha Duncan added 11.
Prairie View A&M 96, Alcorn State 76
LORMAN, Miss. - Shala Dobbins scored 28 points in 26 minutes to lead Prairie View A&M to a 96-76 win over Alcorn State Thursday night at the Davey L. Whitney Complex.
The Lady Panthers improved to 14-14 overall and 12-5 in league play, and with this win – coupled with Southern’s loss to Texas Southern – remains in play for the No. 1 overall seed. Alcorn State (11-17, 7-10 SWAC) is assured the No. 6 seed.
Dobbins dished out seven assists and knocked down 16 of her 20 free throw attempts, putting her at 273 on the season, seven shy of tying the NCAA single-season record for most made free throws in a season.
Dominique Newman aided the Lady Panthers with 21 points and five rebounds. Talisha Presley added 16 points, and Jhyrah Cobb posted a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Alexus Freeman scored 18 points and dished four assists to pace the Lady Braves. Tia Sanders and Jada Hargrove added 10 points each.
After Hargrove tied matters at 47 to open the third, the previously back-and-forth contest ultimately gave way in Prairie View’s favor as Dobbins scored six points over the final 2:49 of the third to power a 10-3 run that put the Lady Panthers ahead 65-55. Prairie View dominated from there, leading by as many as 22.
Alabama A&M 71, Grambling State 64
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Despite Grambling getting a career night from Shakyla Hill, Alabama A&M kept its tournament hopes alive with a 71-64 upset win over the Lady Tigers 71-64 at T.M. Elmore Gymnasium.
Alabama A&M (11-17, 6-11 SWAC) remains in the hunt for the No. 8 seed along with Arkansas-Pine Bluff, who can clinch the final tournament seed with a win over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday. Grambling State (15-13 overall, 12-5 SWAC) came into the contest one game back in the SWAC standings behind Southern and tied with Texas Southern. A win would have gave the SWAC a three-way tie atop the standings as Texas Southern defeated Southern. However, Grambling State remained in third in standings after the loss.
Hill led all scorers with 35 points, on 12-of-24 shooting, and three 3-pointers. She added 12 rebounds, with nine coming on the defensive glass, along with four steals and four assists. Jazmin Boyd tallied 16 points, four boards and three assists.
Nigeria Jones paced Alabama A&M with 22 points and three assists, while Natalie Collins added 12 points. Aubriana Bonner registered a double-double of 11 rebounds and 10 points and Ashlyn Dotson tallied 10 points and eight boards.
Alabama A&M held the advantage for much of the contest, taking a 51-43 advantage in the third quarter after a bucket by Jones, but Grambling State rallied and closed the gap to 55-54 after Jazmin Boyd sank a pair of free throws with 33 seconds left in the period.
Grambling State took a 60-58 lead after a Hill three-point play with 7:50 left and built a 64-58 advantage with 4:43 remaining. However, the Lady Tigers went scoreless down the stretch as Jones buried a three to spark a game-ending 13-0 run for the Lady Bulldogs.
Grambling State Sports Information contributed to this report.
Jackson State 69, Alabama State 50
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Jackson State assured itself the No. 5 seed in the 2018 Southwestern Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament with a 69-50 win over Alabama State Thursday night in the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
Marneisha Hamer led Jackson State (14-12, 9-8 SWAC) with 17 points and seven rebounds. Christina Ellis added 13 points, and D’Asia Mitchell netted 11.
Alabama State – who was without center Tatyana Calhoun for the game – got 14 points from Keimeshia Walker. Courtney Lee and Kenya Pye added eight points each, and Victoria Harvey corralled 14 rebounds. The Lady Hornets (8-20, 6-11 SWAC) are assured the No. 7 seed in the tournament.
After both sides slogged through sluggish starts, the Lady Tigers overwhelmed Alabama State from the midpoint of the first quarter, outscoring the Lady Hornets 16-4 over the ensuing five minutes to take a 21-7 lead to the second quarter.
From there, Jackson State’s lead held strong as Alabama State got no closer than eight via a Walker basket that made the game 41-33 with 5:48 left in the third. The Lady Tigers responded by closing the frame on a 17-7 run, cruising to the win from there.