Women’s Basketball Recaps: February 4

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Texas Southern 73, Prairie View A&M 51
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 HOUSTON – Texas Southern downed rival Prairie View A&M 73-51 behind a 21-point effort from Joyce Kennerson on Saturday night.

After taking a 17-16 lead into the second period, TSU (14-7, 8-2 SWAC) opened on a 11-0 run. PVAMU (8-14, 3-7 SWAC) managed to close the gap to 28-22 at the break, but the Lady Panthers struggled offensively in the third quarter, unable to connect on 10 of their 14 shot attempts in the period.

Texas Southern capitalized on the shooting woes, outscoring the Lady Panthers 19-8 to take a 47-30 lead into the fourth. The Lady Tigers coasted from there.

Artavia Ford posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards to go with three blocks and two steals. Jeronia Allen led PVAMU with 16 points as the Lady Panthers struggled from deep, hitting just one of their 16 tries from three-point land.

Alcorn State 74, Jackson State 51
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LORMAN, Miss. – A balanced scoring effort led to Alcorn State’s season-high in points as the Lady Braves downed Jackson State 74-51 Saturday night.

A sluggish start did in the Lady Tigers (7-13, 1-9 SWAC), as Alcorn State’s Brianna Luton outscored JSU by herself (10-8) and Alcorn State scored 19 of the game’s first 21 points, ultimately carrying a 25-8 advantage into the second. JSU was forced to play catchup, but the slow start was too much to overcome.

The Lady Braves (7-14, 7-3 SWAC) were led by Tia Sanders’ 16 points. Luton ended up with 15. Henrietta Wells put in 13 points, eight rebounds, seven blocks and three steals, and Alexus Freeman scored 13 as well.

Kierra Adams of JSU led all players with 19.

Mississippi Valley State 58, Alabama A&M 52
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Ashley Beals continued her recent stretch of torrid play, putting up a 17-point, 18-rebound effort in leading Mississippi Valley State to a 58-52 win over Alabama A&M.

After a low-scoring first half resulted in a 21-19 advantage for the Devilettes (9-12, 6-4 SWAC), Beals scored the first six points of the third to push MVSU’s lead to eight. AAMU (2-17, 0-10 SWAC) would close the gap some, but down the stretch did not have an answer for Beals, who scored eight points and snared eight rebounds in the fourth quarter as MVSU warded off Alabama A&M’s comeback attempts.

Mississippi Valley’s Kristy Parker led all players with 20 points, adding six boards and four assists. Jameica Cobb paced AAMU with 15 points, four rebounds and two steals. Ebony Johnson flirted with a double-double for the Lady Bulldogs with eight points and 13 rebounds.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff 52, Alabama State 51
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A free throw by Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Ashlee Daniel with one second left sank Alabama State 52-51 Saturday night.

The shot was the only point Daniel scored in the game.

Up 30-22 with 8:17 left in the third, Alabama State (8-12, 7-3 SWAC) missed seven of its next eight shots, as UAPB (8-13, 5-5 SWAC) roared out in front with a 19-5 run that took them into the final quarter up 41-35.

UAPB maintained a slim advantage until back-to-back three pointers by Ziara Doe tied the game at 51.Daniel corraled an Ajia Richardson miss and was fouled. She sank the back end of her two free-throw attempts, and a turnover by Daniele Ewert sealed the upset.

Britney Wright and Ewert led ASU with 13 points each, as this marked the first time in seven games that Wright failed to reach the 20-point plateau. Destiny Brewton led UAPB with 15 points, three rebounds, three steals and three assists. Faith Ohanta posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. With the win, UAPB now holds victories over the SWAC’s top two teams in the standings in Texas Southern and Alabama State.