ITTA BENA, Miss. - The Jackson State women's basketball team fell a 10-14, 7-8 record, after losing 78-64 to Mississippi Valley State in Southwestern Athletic Conference action Saturday afternoon at the Harrison HPER Complex.
Four Lady Tigers scored in double figures, but it was not enough to overcome Mississippi Valley State. Demara Howard scored a team-high 14 points on 7-12 shooting. She also pulled down five rebounds. Tiffany Kellum, who only needs 27 more points to join the JSU 1,000 point club, scored 12 points on 4-5 shooting from the field. Ekwara Ndongo came off the bench to score 12 points on 5-12 shooting from the field. Ayanna Hardy-Fuller recorded a double-double as she finished with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Alia Frank led Valley with a 15 point and seven rebound effort. Jasmyne Sanders followed with 14 points and Joncyee Sanders and Khristina Clemons each scored 12 points.
In the game, which had only two lead changes, Valley took the lead at the 19:50 mark in the second half, eventually building a 42-37 advantage at the 17:17 mark in the second half.
JSU led 37-36 at halftime. In the first half Kellum led the Lady Tigers with 10 points on 4-5 shooting from the field. Howard and Banks each followed with eight points. JSU shot a blistering 61.5% from the field (16-26) and 50% from three-point range. Valley shot 50% from the field (13-26) and 72.7% from the free throw line (8-11).
In the second half, JSU's shooting from the field cooled, falling to 36% from the floor (9-25). The Lady Tigers also went 0-4 from three-point range in the second half and connected on only 47.4% of their free throws (9-19). Valley connected on 44.4% of its field goal attempts (12-27) in the second half. The Devilettes also went 3-9 from three-point range and made 93.8% of its free throws (15-16).
JSU returns to action Monday when the Lady Tigers travel to Pine Bluff, Ark. to take on the Arkansas Pine Bluff Lady Lions. tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.