HBCU Round-Up: SWAC Women’s Basketball Recaps: Feb. 20

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Texas Southern 60, Mississippi Valley State 54

HOUSTON – Texas Southern scored the first 14 points of the game Monday and then held back a spirited comeback effort from Mississippi Valley State in a 60-54 win over the Devilettes.

Joyce Kennerson scored 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting and Breasia McElrath scored nine points and pulled in 10 rebounds to lead Texas Southern (16-9), which improved to 10-4 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play.

Ashley Beals, the SWAC’s leading rebounder, led the Devilettes (9-17, 6-9) with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Valley chipped away at TSU’s double-digit lead early in the second period by outscoring the Lady Tigers 9-2 between the 9:31 and 4:00 marks to cut TSU’s lead to 24-21. TSU led 30-27 at halftime.

The visitors briefly reclaimed the lead in a third quarter that featured four ties and four lead changes. TSU reclaimed control with a 6-0 run that was capped with a Kennerson layup to stretch the Lady Tiger lead to 44-38 with 1:55 left in the period. The Devilettes stayed within striking distance in the fourth, but couldn’t get the go-ahead or tying basket. They came close when an errant in-bounds pass was nearly stolen by Kenya Hailey with 13 seconds left, but Hailey was called for a foul on Kennerson as TSU maintained a 56-54 lead.

Courtesy: Texas Southern Sports Information

Prairie View A&M 62, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 57

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – Prairie View A&M snapped Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s six-game win streak in a 62-57 win at the William J. Nicks Building Monday night.Alexus Parker led all scorers with 23 points off the bench on 7-14 shooting from the field.  Tori Carter added 16 points on 7-13 shooting, while La’Sha Haynes stuffed the stat sheet with eight points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two steals.

The Lady Panthers broke slowly out of the gates falling behind 8-2, but closed the quarter on a 10-2 run. PVAMU did not relinquish the lead in the 2nd quarter, as they led by as many as seven on a pair of occasions.

The third quarter opened with the UAPB and PVAMU trading baskets. After three quarters of exciting action Prairie View A&M was clinging on to a 40-38 advantage. UAPB tied the game at 43 in the fourth as Niya Head drained a midrange jump shot.

Later in the quarter Parker would bury a three-pointer to give Prairie View a 52-46 lead with a little more than three minutes remaining.  Head knocked down a three-pointer to make the score 54-53. Parker and Bell would then combine to score the Lady Panthers next seven points to give Prairie View a 60-57 lead with, just 16 seconds left in the final quarter of play.  The Panthers forced UAPB to miss a potential game tying three-pointer, and Parker clinched the victory for the Lady Panthers as she sank a pair of free throws from the charity stripe.

Courtesy: Prairie View A&M Sports Information

Southern 59, Alabama State 53 (OT)

BATON ROUGE, La. – A furious rally by Southern managed to push the Jaguars ahead of Alabama State  59-53 in overtime on Monday night.

Britney Wright finished with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Lady Hornets. She also added three assists, one block and one steal. Daniele Ewert registered 12 points, six boards and one steal as Alabama State shot 17-of-62 (27.4 percent) from the floor and 16-of-26 (61.5 percent) from the foul line.

The Lady Hornets (11-13 overall, 10-4 SWAC) fell behind in the first minute, 4-0, but used a dominating 15-4 run over the final nine minutes of the opening quarter to grab a 15-9 lead as Ewert and Wright accounted for nine of the 15 points. Ultimately, the Lady Hornets took a 28-19 lead into the break and led by as many as 16 in the third

Southern (12-11, 10-5) closed out the third strong and climbed back into the game, using an 11-0 run to close the gap to 37-32 as the Lady Hornets went scoreless for the final five minutes of the period.

The Lady Jaguars continued to cut the deficit as buckets by Green and Purnell trimmed the Alabama State lead to 40-38 and A Miaya Crowder jumper with 3:47 left tied the game at 42. Both sides traded the lead down the stretch before a Wright layup with 26.4 seconds left to tied it at 48. Alabama State’s Kayla Stephens missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer, and Wright’s putback jumper fell short to send the game to overtime.

In the extra period, Southern outscored Alabama State, 11-5, to get the win.

Crowder paced three Lady Jaguar players in double figures with 17 points and nine rebounds. Green and Samantha Duncan recorded 12 and 10 points, respectively, as Southern shot 33.8 percent (21-of-62) and 60.7 (17-of-28) from the charity stripe.

Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information

Alcorn State 71, Alabama A&M 42

LORMAN, Miss. – Brianna Luton notched a career-high 24 points as Alcorn State downed Alabama A&M University 71-42 in its final home game of the regular season Monday evening at the Davey L. Whitney Complex.Alcorn (9-17, 9-6 SWAC) outscored AAMU (2-21, 0-14 SWAC) 42-21 in the second half and 22-6 in the fourth quarter. The Lady Braves ended the contest with a 24-13 edge in points off turnovers and 40-22 advantage on points in the paint.

Junior Miracle Rushing tallied 14 points and nearly converted her second consecutive double-double with nine boards. Senior Henrietta Wells also neared a double-double with nine points and eight rebounds. Junior Alexus Freeman stuffed the stat sheet with seven points, seven boards and a game-high six steals.

Alcorn limited the Lady Bulldogs to a 28-percent mark from the field, the lowest by an opponent this season.

The Lady Braves commenced the first 1:57 of action on a 7-0 run concluded by a layup from Luton. Five different Alcorn student-athletes scored as the Lady Braves later held AAMU scoreless for 4:57 between the first and second quarters to take an early 20-7 lead.

The Lady Bulldogs would string together two six-point runs before the half, which ended in a 26-21 Lady Braves lead.

The second half started as a back-and-forth affair until back-to-back Luton trifectas sparked a 21-0 Alcorn scoring barrage. Luton scored 12 of those points, giving the Lady Braves a 28-point margin that could not be overcome.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information