Normal, Ala. - It was the last regular season home game on “The Hill”, as the Lady Bulldogs took on the Panthers of Prairie View A&M. Despite a hard fought game, Alabama A&M fell 54-39.
The Maroon & White came out fired up and ready go; going on a quick 6-3 run in the first four minutes, causing Panther head coach Toyelle Wilson to call her first timeout of the game. After the timeout PV successfully curved A&M’s momentum using a full court press. By the second media timeout at the 11:09 mark, the Panthers took the lead at 12-11.
It was evident that this game would be a fight for 40 total minutes. Both teams entered the game 8-7 in conference play fighting to stay above a .500 win percentage and for solitary possession of SWAC’s fourth position.
A&M received a scare, as senior center Na’Dra Robertson went down behind the play appearing to reinjure her left knee at the 4:07 mark in the first half with the Lady Bulldogs trailing by one at 21-20. Play continued as Robertson was carried off the court to the locker room. It was unsure if she would return to the game.
The Maroon & White regained the lead with less than two minutes remaining (22-21), and took a 24-22 lead into the halftime break.
A&M’s bench play was instrumental in helping regain the lead, as the Lady Bulldog’s bench outscored the Panther bench 10-5.
The second period started where the first left off, back and forth action with both teams playing extremely hard. It was back to a one-point game by the first media timeout in the second period, with A&M leading 30-29.
By this time, it was clear Robertson would not return to play.
The Panthers regained the lead (35-33) at the 13:00 minute mark by again applying a full court man-to-man press. PV called their second timeout of the game with 9:58 remaining, as the team was winded after extending their lead to six at 41-35.
Over the next four minutes, the tide turned in Prairie View’s favor as they went on to increase their lead to nine at 48-39 forcing Lady Bulldog head coach Altherias Warmley to call a timeout. The timeout did little to help the Maroon & White, as the Panthers would only extend their lead in the final minutes of the contest.
The Panthers went on to earn the season sweep of A&M, 54-39, and gained sole possession of fourth place in the SWAC at 9-7. The Maroon & White falls to 8-8 in conference play.
This was the first time ever a Warmley led squad dropped both home contests to the Texas teams PVAMU and Texas Southern in the same season. This also was a season low scoring for A&M
The Maroon & White were led by senior Shundray Davis who tallied 10 points and five rebounds in her final home game on “The Hill”.
Jeanette Jackson led the Panthers to victory collecting 16 points and three rebounds.
Not getting any rest the Lady Bulldogs will return to the hard wood, in two days when they take on the Grambling State Lady Tigers on Thursday, February 28th. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.
Courtesy Alabama A&M Media Relations