LORMAN, MS - The Jackson State women's basketball team improved to an 8-11, 5-5 record, beating in-state rival Alcorn State 40-34 in Southwestern Athletic Conference action Saturday evening at the Davey L. Whitney Complex. With the loss Alcorn State falls to 1-18, 1-9.
After trailing for most of the game, Demara Howard hit a floater in the lane to give JSU a 32-30 advantage - the Lady Tigers first lead of the game - with 3:14 left in the game. For the next three minutes the two teams traded the lead. With 1:15 left to play Ayanna Hardy Fuller hit the go-ahead basket, giving JSU a 36-34 lead. With 16 seconds left in the game Tiffany Kellum calmly stepped to the line and made two free throws to ice the game for JSU, giving the Lady Tigers a four game winning streak.
Howard recorded her first collegiate double-double to help lead JSU to the win. She finished with a game-high 11 points and 12 rebounds. Kellum also recorded a double-double as she finished with 10 points and a team-high 16 rebounds. Kellum did her damage from the free throw line, going 6-8. She paced the Lady Tigers with a team-high three blocked shots.
Beatrice Banks provided a second half spark for the Lady Tigers, coming off the bench to score eight points on 3-6 shooting. Banks hit JSU's first three-pointer at the 15:28 mark in the second half. Ayanna Hardy-Fuller also provided some offense off the bench for JSU as she finished with seven second half points.
JSU trailed 19-11 at halftime. In the first half the Lady Tigers shot 23.8% from the field (5-21) and committed 19 turnovers. Howard was the team's leading scorer with five points. She also had nine rebounds in the first half.JSU returns to action Monday, Feb. 4 when the Lady Tigers travel to Baton Rouge, LA to face the league leading Southern Lady Jaguars. Tip-off is set for 5:30 pm. The game will be aired on the SWAC Digital Network, via a live video stream. To access the video stream visit swac.org.