HBCU Round-up: SWAC Women’s Basketball Recaps: Feb. 27

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Jackson State 80, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 56

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Derica Wiggins led the Jackson State to its second straight victory by beating the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lady Lions 80-56 in Southwestern Athletic Conference action Monday night at the H.O. Clemmons Arena.

Wiggins came off the bench to lead all scorers with 26 points on an efficient 9-19 shooting from the field. She also went 7-8 from the free throw line to go along with recording four steals. Kierra Adams posted a double-double as she finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds. She went 8-13 from the field.

JSU never trailed in the first half. By the six minute mark the Lady Tigers led 13-5 and increased its lead to 22-12 by the end of the first quarter. The Lady Tigers 37-17 by the 4:19 mark in the second quarter, and JSU was able to cruise the rest of the way for the victory., keeping their slim postseason hopes alive as current 8-seed Mississippi Valley lost to Grambling earlier.

JSU (10-16, 4-12) held a 41-19 halftime advantage. Adams and Wiggins combined to score 25 first half points, going a combined 10-16 from the field. Adams also had nine first half rebounds.

Niya Head led UAPB (12-16, 9-8) with 13 points.

Courtesy: Jackson State Sports Information

Grambling State 82, Mississippi Valley State 51

ITTA BENA, Miss. – Shakyla Hill notched another double-double as Grambling State downed Mississippi Valley State 82-51 to inch closer to clinching the SWAC regular season championship.

Hill scored 11 points and grabbed 11 boards as Grambling State (15-12, 13-3 SWAC) pulled away on the strength of a dominant second half of play. Up 31-26 at the half, the Lady Tigers outscored MVSU (9-19, 6-11 SWAC) 51- 25 in the second half, including a 10-2 run to open the third quarter. GSU led by double-digits the rest of the way, pushing its lead to as many as 34 down the stretch.

Hill also dished out four assists and nabbed four steals. Jazmine Boyd and Jazmine Torian each scored 12 points for Grambling. Ashley Beals posted a double-double for MVSU with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Kristy Parker added 12 points.

Texas Southern 53, Alabama A&M 39

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Kaitlyn Palmer led a balanced scoring attack as Texas Southern bested Alabama A&M 53-39 Monday night and clinched a top-4 seed in the SWAC Tournament.

Palmer led all players with 19 points on 8-10 shooting (3-3 from three-point range), as Texas Southern (18-9, 12-4 SWAC) used a hot start to propel itself past Alabama A&M (2-23, 0-16 SWAC). The Lady Tigers were led by Palmer, who scored 14 in the first half as AAMU struggled from the field, shooting 8-of-30.

Ebony Johnson made a lay-up for AAMU early in the third to cut it to six, but that was as close as AAMU got, as TSU increased its advantage by as many as 16 at one point.

Joyce Kennerson scored 11 for TSU, and Shamiya Broks and Artravia Ford each scored 10. Jameica Cobb led AAMU with 12 points.

Alabama State 74, Prairie View A&M 61

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Behind a career-best 35 points from Britney Wright, Alabama State assured itself a top-4 seed in defeated Prairie View A&M 74-61 Monday night.

Wright also grabbed 13 boards for Alabama State (12-14, 11-5 SWAC), who battled Prairie View A&M (11-17, 6-10 SWAC) battled throughout the first half until the Lady Hornets were able to pull away early in the second half. Wright came out of the locker room for the Lady Hornets and scored the first seven points of the half to put Alabama State up by seven at 47-40; however, Prairie View A&M fought back to within a point at 47-46 with 5:36 to play in the third quarter.

The Lady Hornets closed out the third quarter on a 10-2 run over the final five minutes, holding Prairie View A&M without a field goal during the run. The run was extended to 14-3 in the fourth quarter as Alabama State extended the lead to 61-49 with 8:19 to play in the game. Prairie View A&M was able to pull within eight at 68-60 with 2:27 to play, but a pair of seniors – Wright and Damya Toney – scored six consecutive points to push the lead to 73-60 with just 38 seconds to play.

Alabama State finished the night shooting 45.9 (28-of-61) percent from the floor and 26.3 (5-of-19) percent from beyond the arc, while shooting 76.5 (13-of-17) percent from the free throw line. group.

Alexus Parker led Prairie View A&M with 25 points in the loss.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Derica W

Higgins led the Jackson State women’s basketball team to its second straight victory by beating the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lady Lions 80-56 in Southwestern Athletic Conference action Monday night at the H.O. Clemmons Arena.

Wiggins came off the bench to lead all scorers with 26 points on an efficient 9-19 shooting from the field. She also went 7-8 from the free throw line to go along with recording four steals. Kierra Adams posted a double-double as she finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds. She went 8-13 from the field.

JSU never trailed in the first half. By the six minute mark the Lady Tigers led 13-5 and increased its lead to 22-12 by the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Tigers 37-17 by the 4:19 mark in the second quarter.

​ JSU was able to cruise the rest of the way for the victory.​

JSU (10-16, 4-12) held a 41-19 halftime advantage. Adams and Wiggins combined to score 25 first half points, going a combined 10-16 from the field. Adams also had nine first half rebounds.