Normal, Ala. – The Alabama A&M Lady Bulldogs basketball team defeated Alcorn State, 64-44, Saturday afternoon in Elmore Gymnasium.
The first minute of action was slightly sloppy, as both teams started the game with multiple turnovers. Things began to settle down as Alcorn hit the first bucket of the game shortly after the 19:00 minute mark. The Lady Braves’ bucket was quickly followed by a made shot by A&M’s Alyssa Strickland.
Play was back and forth for the first ten minutes of the contest as the teams traded baskets. By the second media time out, there were five tied scores and three lead changes as neither team could pull away from the other offensively. At the 10:30 mark, the Maroon & White had a slight three-point advantage at 14-11.
A&M would then closed the half on a nine-five run, to take a 13-point lead into the break, and finished the half shooting 45% on 13-29.
Carrying AAMU in the first half on the boards was Na’Dra Robertson with a game high seven and leading in scoring was Alyssa Strickland with a game high eight points.
The Maroon & White increased their lead by three points in the first five minutes of the second half after a seven-four run. After the first media timeout, the Lady Bulldogs got a lucky break as they played two full minutes with six players on the court unknowingly. It was not until head coach Altherias Warmly signaled Jasmine Sanders to call a timeout that the refs and visiting coaching personal noticed the error, which should have resulted in a technical foul against A&M.
Play continued, and the women’s basketball team increased their lead despite a valiant Lady Braves effort. Alcorn was doomed by a combination of poor shooting and good defense applied by A&M. Alcorn finished the game shooting just 32%, hitting only 15 of 62 baskets. During the last 10 minutes, the Maroon & White lead steadily increased, as the team opened their largest lead of the game (21 points, 52-31) at the 6:42 minute mark.
Alcorn increased their defensive intensity, trying to use the press to force the Lady Bulldogs into turning the ball over. While doing this the Lady Braves were assessed a flagrant foul. After the hard foul by Anastasia Tuset, A&M’s Ebony Johnson was sent to the line. Despite a combination of sub-par shooting percentage, only 46% from both the field and the charity strip, and the Lady Braves pressure, A&M went on to defeat Alcorn State 64-44.
Leading Alcorn was Carolinsia Crumbly with seven points and seven rebounds, Tierra Frost added a team high 11 points.
Four Lady Bulldogs finished with double digits points led by Shundray Davis, and Brittney Strickland who both finished 13.
The Maroon & White will be back in action Monday, January 21st, on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as they host the Jaguars of Southern University at 5:30 p.m.
Courtesy Alabama A&M Media Relations