JACKSON, MS - The Jackson State women's basketball team halted a two-game losing streak by beating the Prairie View A&M Lady Panthers 62-56 in Southwestern Athletic Conference action Monday night at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. With the win JSU improves to a 9-13, 6-7 record. PVAM falls to a 9-13, 6-6 record.
After trailing for the entire first half, JSU took its first lead of the game (41-40) on an Ayanna Hardy-Fuller layup at the 13:26 mark. Beatrice Banks connected on back-to-back three-pointers to increase JSU's lead to 49-44 with 9:47 left in the game. At the 8:15 mark, Tiffany Kellum made a layup to increase the JSU lead to 52-44.
Over the next four minutes PVAM went on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 56-56. At the 1:23 mark, the Lady Tigers reclaimed the lead (58-56) on a Kellum layup.
Hardy-Fuller led JSU's scoring effort with 18 points on 7-9 shooting from the field. She also pulled down eight rebounds. Bridgette James came off the bench to record a double-double, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Demara Howard added eight points on 4-6 shooting and Tiffany Kellum had seven points on 3-4 shooting.
Jeanette Jackson led PVAM with 18 points, Larissa Scott had 13 and 10 rebounds and Latia Williams chipped in 12.
The game was tied 32-32 at half time. Hardy-Fuller and Howard each had eight points to lead JSU. Bridgette James added seven and five rebounds. Latia Williams led PVAM with 12 points. JSU shot 57.7% from the field (15-26) and PVAM connected at a 41.4% rate (12-29). The Lady Tigers committed 10 turnovers, while the Lady Panthers had five.
Jackson State will return to action Saturday, Feb. 16 to host the Grambling State Lady Tigers in SWAC action at the Lee E. Williams Athletics and Assembly Center. Tip-off is set for 3:00 pm.