Lady Bulldogs fall to Texas Southern, 72-56
Normal, Ala. – The women’s basketball team were defeated by the Tigers of Texas Southern (72-56) Saturday afternoon at Elmore Gymnasium. It was Senior Night on The Hill, as the Maroon & White took the time to honor their senior ballers.
Saturday’s game had an extreme fast-paced start. It was evident each team came into the contest determined to win and maintain their current win streak.
The Tigers entered the contest at first place in the SWAC (13-1) and on a 13-game win streak, while the Lady Bulldogs entered on a two-game win streak and fourth in the league at 8-6.
By the second media timeout, the Maroon & White fell behind 17-9, shooting just 25% from the field on 4-17. Upon return to action, the Tigers increased their lead by going on a 10-1 run, growing their advantage to 17 points at 27-10.
Play maintained the same trend for the remaining eight-minutes; the Tigers continued to increase their lead with help from the Lady Bulldogs’ poor shooting. The Maroon & White took a 20-point deficit into the break, trailing 42-22.
Brittney Strickland led the way offensively for A&M with seven points, followed by senior Na’Dra Roberson who had five.
Leading scorer for the Tigers was Teera Williams who pocketed 17 first half points, exceeding her points per game average (11.7) by five, in the first 20-minutes of play. Williams also tallied five rebounds, one off her season average of 6.3.
The Lady Bulldogs came out of the halftime break with a renewed energy. Their defensive intensity skyrocketed with the use of their full court press. In the first five minutes of play, despite increased pressure that forced five TSU turnovers, and increasing their shooting percentage to 38%, A&M could not cut into the Tigers’ lead, which remained at 20-points (49-29).
With just 10 minutes remaining in the contest, the energy in Elmore Gymnasium was at an all-time high. The Lady Bulldogs deployed a successful press defense that forced consecutive Tiger turnovers. This allowed them to chip away at the TSU lead. At the 8:46 mark, the Tiger lead was down to 16 at 52-36.
Head coach Altherias Warmley was forced to call a timeout with just 4:37 remaining on the clock as the Tigers opened their lead back to 20, at 64-46.
Out of the break, Shundray Davis hit a runner down the middle of the lane. The next play Jasmine Sanders swished a three from the top of the key. At the 2:16 mark, the lead was cut again, this time to 17 at 68-51, however the Tigers would not relinquish their lead completely.
The Lady Bulldogs won the second half battle, outscoring the Tigers 34-30; however, it was not enough to overcome the deficit from the first 20 minutes. The Maroon & White had their two-game win streak snapped by the TSU Tigers who won the game 72-56.
Brittney Strickland led the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs with 13, while seniors Shundray Davis and Na’Dra Robertson finished with six and 10 respectively.
Teera Williams who recorded 25 points and eight rebounds led the Tigers in their 14th consecutive win, which sealed for them the regular season Conference title.
This win gives TSU the season sweep over AAMU.
The Maroon & White will be back in action Monday, February 25th when they host Prairie View A&M at 5:30 p.m.
Courtesy Alabama A&M Media Relations