PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – The Prairie View A&M women’s basketball team capped off their third straight conference victory with a 66-48 win over Jackson State University on Monday evening in William J. Nicks Building.
The game got off to a slow start as both sides struggled from the floor shooting a combined 2-of-11 from field as the contest was knotted at 2-all for a six-minute span. Prairie View made the initial run for the finish line as they found its rhythm minutes later with center Whitney Williams and freshman Siarra Soliz sparking an 11-3 run which earned them an early 13-5 edge at the 10:11 mark.
Forced to take a timeout to stop the bleeding, Jackson State regrouped as they cut its deficit to 18-14 as Takeya Felder managed to trigger a 9-4 spurt by hitting a string of baseline jumpers that kept the Lady Panthers on their heels with 5:55 remaining.
As Prairie View has done all season during times of adversity, which is relying on its defense to answer the opposing team’s swing, the Lady Panthers clamped down defensively and took control of the game. They held Jackson State to just two points over the final five minutes of the half as they built the margin to as much as 21 points (37-16) going into the halftime break.
The Lady Panthers continued their assault in the second half with redshirt sophomore Latia Williams pouring on back-to-back mid-range jumpers to begin the second half. Jackson State would draw as close 19 points at the 9:03 mark but it wouldn’t be enough as Prairie View would cruise the remainder of the way improving to 8-8 on the season and 4-1 in conference play.
Soliz led the way for the Lady Panthers scoring 18 points with two rebounds and a steal. Latia Williams followed with 13 points and six rebounds while Dominique Smith added a double-double performance with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The Lady Panthers hit the road on Saturday, Jan. 22 for a match up at Mississippi Valley State. Tip-off is set for 2:30 p.m.
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