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Grambling State 79, Southern 71

GRAMBLING, La. – The Grambling State University women’s basketball team had three players finish in double figures as the Lady Tigers avenged their early Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) loss to Southern, 79-71, on Saturday night at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information

Grambling State (10-11 overall, 7-3 SWAC), which ended a seven-game win streak for Southern, led, 15-14, after one quarter and took a slim, 38-36, advantage into the break. The Lady Jaguars out-scored the Lady Tigers in the third, 18-15, and held a 54-53 lead through three quarters. Southern (9-10, 8-2) pushed the margin to as many as six points in the final quarter, but the Lady Tigers took advantage of a flagrant foul and out-scored the Lady Jaguars, 26-17, in the fourth to pick up the victory.

Monisha Neal led the way for the Lady Tigers with 18 points, six rebounds and two assists. Shakyla Hill registered 16 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals, while Jazmin Boyd tallied 12 points, four rebounds and one assists.

Briana Green paced Southern with 27 points, seven rebounds, one assist and four steals, while Jaden Towner added 11 points, four rebounds and four steals.

Southern led 54-53 after three quarters and extended the advantage to 63-57 after a Green jumper with 6:31 remaining. However, the Lady Tigers quickly answered and used a 7-0 run, capped by a Boyd layup to grab a 64-63 lead with 3:40 left.

The Lady Tigers kept the foot on the gas pedal as Grambling State pushed the margin to 75-70 after two free throws by Boyd with 43 seconds left.

Southern never recovered as Grambling State got clutch buckets by Hill down the stretch to snap the seven-game win streak by the Lady Jaguars.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Alabama State 70, Mississippi Valley State 62

ITTA BENA, Miss. – Alabama State used a late push in the fourth quarter to pick up the first road victory of the season, defeating Mississippi Valley State 79-62 at the Harrison HPER Complex in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) action.

Tatyana Calhoun led Alabama State (6-15, 4-6 SWAC) with 16 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting from the floor, after missing the majority of the first half due to two early fouls. She finished the night with six rebounds.

Kenya Pye added 14 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the floor, while Shamyiah Smith scored all 13 of her points in the second half including key baskets down the stretch. Kayla Stephens recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in the win, to go along with three assists.

Alabama State finished the night shooting 49 (25-of-51) percent from the floor and 42.9 (3-of-7) percent from beyond the arc, while also shooting 73.9 (17-of-23) percent from the free throw line. The Lady Hornets also win the rebounding battle, 37-35.

The Lady Hornets trailed by as many as nine points in the third quarter with 1:07 to play, but went on a 13-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter ignited by a Smith jumper with 9:38 to play to trim the deficit to 51-45. After a Calhoun lay-up trimmed the deficit to 51-47, Mississippi Valley State would use a lay-up by Kenya Arnold to push the lead to 54-47 with 8:10 to play; but that was the last field goal for nearly three minutes for the Devilettes.

Courtney Lee hit a short jumper with 7:34 to pull the Lady Hornets to within three at 54-51, before Smith hit a lay-up with 5:22 to play to pull Alabama State to within a point at 54-53.

Makayla Bonner connected on a lay-up for Mississippi Valley State with 4:32 to push the lead back to three, however, a lay-up from Calhoun – followed by a free throw – with 4:01 to play tied the game at 56-all. The Lady Hornets took the lead for good on a lay-up from Kayla Stephens with 3:12 to play, and used free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Kristy Parker led Mississippi Valley State (1-21, 1-9 SWAC) with 17 points, while LaKendra Bassett added 13 for the Devilettes who ended the night shooting 34.9 (22-of-63) percent from the floor.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Arkansas-Pine Bluff 57, Alabama A&M 48

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-16, 2-8) withstood a fourth-quarter charge by Alabama A&M and fended off the Lady Bulldogs 57-48 Saturday afternoon during Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) action at the H.O. Clemmons Arena.

Destiny Brewton led the way for the Lady Lions with 14 points, five rebounds and two steals. Faith Ohanta added 12 points.

Up 42-34 entering the final quarter, Arkansas-Pine Bluff nearly squandered its advantage as Alabama A&M’s DeShawna Harper sparked up the Lady Bulldogs’ comeback attempt with a three-ball to open the period and bring AAMU (8-13, 2-7 SWAC) within five. From there, Kenisha Tharpe powered the Lady Bulldogs, scoring seven points during a 12-5 Alabama A&M run. After Tharpe converted a lay-up that brought the Lady Bulldogs within one with 4:44 left to play, however, the Alabama A&M offense went cold.

From there, Ohanta knocked down one of two free throws, and Brewton converted a tip-in that ultimately allowed UAPB to close the game on a 10-2 run, preserving the win.

Tharpe led AAMU with 12 points and four rebounds. Lauren McKee added 10 points. Nigeria Jones posted 12 rebounds, four assists and four points. Arkansas-Pine Bluff limited AAMU to a 28.6 percent clip from the floor (18-of-63) and outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs 36-21.

Jackson State 94, Alcorn State 69

JACKSON, Miss. – A career night from Christina Ellis keyed Jackson State’s 94-69 victory over Alcorn State Saturday afternoon at the Lee E. Willimas Athletic Assembly Center during Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) play.

Ellis scored a career-high 31 points on 12-of-16 shooting for Jackson State (12-7, 7-3 SWAC). She also added five rebounds, dished out three assists and made three steals. Marneisha Hamer aided the winning effort with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Chelsea Causey scored 11 points and nabbed five boards, and Kaite Hunt chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds.

Jackson State, who shot 55.4 percent from the field (36-of-65), largely controlled matters from the opening whistle as the Lady Tigers opened the game with 10 unanswered points — and 14 of the contest’s first 15 points — to gain the upper hand.

Alcorn State (9-12, 5-5 SWAC) briefly regrouped to cut its deficit to single-digits, but that was short-lived as Jackson State pushed its lead back to double-digits as the opening quarter ended. The Lady Tigers pressed forward from there, leading by at least 11 for the rest of the game and building an advantage as great as 33 at one point.

De’Asia Brown led the Lady Braves with 15 points and grabbed five rebounds. Tia Sanders added 14 points, three steals and two assists. Alexus Freeman scored 11 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished four assists and converted three steals. Alcorn shot just 34.7 (25-of-72) percent from the field in the game.

Prairie View A&M 65, Texas Southern 48

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – Shala Dobbins and La’Neique Nealey combined for 40 points, as the Prairie View A&M duo nearly outscored rival Texas Southern on its own during a 65-48 Lady Panthers win at the William J. Nicks Babydome Saturday during Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) action.

Dobbins scored a game-high 21 points (13-of-13 FT) with six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Nealey notched a double-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds (five offensive), four blocks, three assists and two steals while going 7-of-8 from the floor. Jhyrah Cobb posted 10 points, eight boards and two blocks.

After putting together a 9-3 run to close the first half tied with Texas Southern at 26-26, Prairie View A&M (8-13, 6-4 SWAC) blew the game open during the third quarter, taking control out of the gate. After Joyce Kennerson sank a free throw to bring TSU (12-9, 7-3 SWAC) within three of the Panthers, the trio of Dobbins, Cobb and Nealey keyed a 13-2 run that was capped by a Talisha Presley three-pointer as time expired, giving Prairie View A&M a commanding 53-36 lead heading to the fourth.

Prairie View A&M cruised from there, leading by as many as 25 at one point.

Kennerson, who entered the weekend as the nation’s leading scorer, was held to four points on 1-of-8 shooting. Taylor Robinson led TSU with 11 points, and Kaitlyn Palmer scored 10. The Lady Tigers were harassed into committing 24 turnovers during the game.

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