GARLAND, Texas – No. 3 seeded Mississippi Valley State University held off No. 6 seed Alabama A&M to claim a 63-60 win on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Toyota SWAC Basketball Tournament.Lenise Stallings led MVSU (16-14) with 17 points going 3-for-6 from the floor and hitting all eight attempts at the free-throw line.
A’Shanti Weathers recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Jasmyne Sanders chipped in 13 points and Joncyee Sanders registered game-highs with 11 boards and nine assists.
For AAMU, Brittney Strickland led all players with 20 points from 6-of-11 shooting. Jasmine Sanders followed with 11 points and eight boards.
After leading 30-26 at halftime, MVSU grasped a 57-49 advantage with 1:42 left in the game.
AAMU hit six consecutive free throws, including two from Strickland. On the Lady Bulldogs ensuing possession, Strickland connected a three-point basket before Shundray Davis hit a pair from the line to shrink the Devilettes’ lead, 57-54, with under a minute remaining.
However, with under 30 seconds left, Stallings hit four free throws to secure the win for MVSU.
Here are post game comments from Altherias Warmley and members of her team.