HBCU Sports: Women’s SWAC Basketball Recap for November 13,2017

Grambling State 61, Louisiana-Monroe 52
Box Score

GRAMBLING, La. – Shakyla Hill scored 10 of her team-high 18 points in the first half as the Grambling State University women’s basketball team used a big second-half run to defeat Louisiana-Monroe, 61-52, on Monday night at the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

Grambling State (1-1) led 24-20 at the half, but used an 8-2 run to begin the second half as the Lady Tigers didn’t look back. Louisiana-Monroe (1-1) closed to gap to five points with 4:50 remaining in the fourth quarter, but Grambling State proved to be too much as the Lady Tigers closed out the game on an 11-7 run to pick up their first win.

Hill was 7-of-12 shooting and 4-of-5 from the foul line to finish with 18 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Deja McKinney came off the bench to pour in 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including sinking a pair of clutch 3-pointers in the second half. She also added two rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals in 22 minutes of action. Monisha Neal tallied nine points, a team-high eight boards and five assists.

Gabriella Cortez paced the Warhawks with a double-double of 20 points and 14 boards. Cortez shot 7-of-12 from the field and grabbed 10 of her 14 points on the defensive glass. Arsula Clark added eight points and two boards off the bench.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Alabama State 81, Savannah State 61
Box Score

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Arleatha Gipson led three Alabama State players in double figures as the Lady Hornets ran past Savannah State 81-61 at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome in non-conference action Monday night.

Gipson led Alabama State (1-1) with 13 points off the bench to lead the Lady Hornets to their first win of the season, while Shamyiah Smith added 12. Tatyana Calhoun, a preseason All-SWAC pick, finished with her first double-double of the season with 11 points and 13 rebounds. The Lady Hornets shot 37.7 (26-of-69) percent from the floor, and 37.5 (6-of-16) percent from beyond the arc. Alabama State finished the night shooting 65.7 (23-of-35) percent from the free throw line, while forcing 25 turnovers.

Kaylee Allen led Savannah State (2-1) with 21 points, while Donasja Scott added 16 and Heniaya Moton added 10 in the loss.

Savannah State shot 35.1 (20-of-57) percent from the floor, 41.2 (7-of-17) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 56 (14-of-25) percent from the free throw line.

Alabama State was able to open the game up after falling behind in the first quarter, 19-17, by outscoring Savannah State by 10 in the second. They would open the gap in the second half as they outscored the Lady Tigers 41-29.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

LSU Shreveport 86, Jackson State 85
Box Score

JACKSON, Miss. – Jackson State (1-1) fell just short in a shootout versus LSU Shreveport Monday night, dropping an 86-85 decision at the Lee E. Williams Athletic Assembly Center.

Christina Ellis and Sumer Williams scored 15 points each to lead the Lady Tigers, with Williams pulling down seven boards. Jasmine Redmon and Marneisha Hamer chipped in 12 points a piece. It was another balanced scoring effort for Jackson State, as 11 of its 12 available players scored in the game.

Christina Devers led the Pilots with 32 points and six rebounds, and Sabrina Banks was a rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points and nine boards. Alexis Collins scored 13 points with five rebounds, four assists and three steals, and Destinee Thrash posted 11 points and four assists.

The contest became a tale of two halves, as Jackson State built a 39-34 lead after the first two quarters — over which time Jackson State shot just 31.8 percent from the floor. The Lady Tigers connected on nearly 57 percent of their shots in the second half, but LSU Shreveport outgunned JSU 52-46 during that span. The difference was at the foul line as the Pilots were 22-of-24 from the stripe, while Jackson State made just 12 of its 21 shots from the line.

After a Derica Wiggins free throw put JSU ahead 72-70 with 3:20 left in the game, a Thrash three-pointer handed LSU Shreveport the advantage Jackson State tied it three times over the final stages, but the Pilots iced the contest from the charity stripe, scoring 11 of their last 13 from there.

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