Southern (8-8, 7-2) 67, Alcorn State (8-11, 6-3) 62
Baton Rouge – In a battle of first place teams, Southern came out on top knocking off Alcorn State. While the Jaguars took over sole possession of first place of the highly contested SWAC race, Alcorn State slipped into third place. Jamie Floyd and Jessica Thomas had 12 points each to lead Southern. Floyd also had 12 rebounds. Kendra Coleman and Lechell Rush added 10 points apiece for the Jaguars. Kiara Ruffin tallied a game-high 19 points to pace Alcorn State, while Carolinaia Crumbly chipped in 13 points. The Jaguars overcame 28 turnovers in the game behind efficient shooting and domination on the glass. Southern was 24-for-41 from the field (58 percent), including .667 (4-for-6) from 3-point range. The Jaguars outrebounded the Braves 39-22.
Mississippi Valley State (9-10, 6-2) 66, Jackson State (7-10, 4-4) 56
Itta Bena – Mississippi Valley State kept pace with the leaders of the SWAC pack with a win over Jackson State in front of a packed house on Saturday at the Harrison HYPER Complex. MVSU controlled nearly every aspect of the game, forcing the Lady Tigers into 28 turnovers. The Devilettes also got off 25 more shots than JSU. Lenise Stallings led MVSU with 22 points on 8-of-14 shots. She hit 6-of-9 from 3-point range. Brittney Lakes added 17 points and five rebounds. JSU jumped out to an early 14-4, but the Devilettes came back and led 31-26 at halftime. The Lady Tigers fought back to tie the game at 47 with 10:16. However, Ka’Neshia Smith hit a jumper with 9:01 left to key a 19-7 run that put the game away for the Devilettes. Kiana McCarty led JSU with 10 points while Daria Hester and Dominique Brothern chipped in eight each. MVSU hit 27-of-71 shots (38 percent), including 7-of-24 3-pointers. JSU was 26-of-46 (56.5 percent) from the field.
Alabama State (7-10, 4-4) 67, Prairie View (7-12, 4-4) 53
Montgomery – Erica Henderson tied a career high with 18 points to lead Alabama State to a win over Prairie View A&M Saturday evening at the Oliver/Dunn Acadome. Henderson set a career high with five 3-pointers as Alabama State ended a three-game losing streak. Quentori Alford had a double-double scoring 10 points and added 13 rebounds on the game. Danielle Gazaway recorded 11 points in the win as well. The Lady Panthers saw a three game winning streak come to an end as Alabama State beat PVAM at home for the first time since 2006. ASU led 29-22 at the half behind the hot shooting of Ashley Jones, who also finished with career high of 14 points and eight rebounds. The Lady Hornets never looked back as Henderson came out on fire after halftime, scoring 12 of her 18 points after intermission. ASU led by as much as 19 in the second half, dominated the offensive boards 15-3 and outrebound the Lady Panthers 44-20 in the game.
Alabama A&M (9-9, 4-4) 56, Texas Southern (3-15, 2-6) 36
Huntsville – Alabama A&M used a strong second half to blow past Texas Southern and even their record. The Lady Bulldogs only led 25-23 at halftime, but outscored the Lady Tigers 31-13 in the second half to blow the game open. Whiquitta Tobar led the way for A&M with 15 points and five rebounds. Nadra Robertson added 11 points. Gianne Fleming paced TSU with 13 points, while Morgan Simmons added 12.
Grambling (8-10, 4-4) 69, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-19, 0-8) 56
Pine Bluff – Arkansas-Pine Bluff was close to their first win of the season, trailing by a point at halftime. But, the hope fizzled in the second half as Grambling pulled away for the win. GSU held a slim 25-24 lead at the break, but UAPB pulled ahead early in the second half. The Lady Lions led 34-30 with 13:39 left. The wheels came off for UAPB as Grambling went on a 24-9 run to take a 54-43 lead with 7:59 remaining. UAPB didn’t have the gas left in the tank to rally and GSU pulled away. Cierra Ceazer led the way for Grambling with 19 points and seven rebounds. Tonieshwa Mack added 12 points, while Wymeka Randle tallied 11 rebounds. Jenise Gentry topped UAPB with 13 points and nine rebounds. Chigozi Okwumabua contributed 12 points and six rebounds and Christina Lasane finished with 12 points.
Monday’s SWAC Women’s Schedule
Prairie View at Alabama A&M / 5:30
Texas Southern at Alabama State / 5:00
Grambling at Mississippi Valley State / 5:30
Jackson State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff / 5:30