Claflin outlasts Tuskegee women 56-45

12/14/2010

Orangeburg, SC (December 14, 2010) – The Tigerettes, playing shorthanded because of an injury, illness and suspensions, suffered a 56-45 SIAC loss to Claflin University last Tuesday night in Orangeburg, S.C.

The Tigerettes played without starters Tequila Martin, Keyonnia Cook and Shannon Wilson and key reserve Nnenna Eze, who were suspended for disciplinary reasons. Eryn Gray missed the game with the flu, and Alannah Vincent is out with a groin injury.

The suspended players are expected to rejoin the squad when it plays in the West Florida Tournament Dec. 30-31.

The Tigerettes are 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the SIAC following the defeat.Poor shooting doomed the Tigerettes, who came into the game shooting 42% from field. They hit on a season low 29.4% (17-for-58). It was the second consecutive time that they shot under 30% from the field. They shot 29.8% in a loss to Albany State.

The Tigerettes' 17 field goals against Claflin matched the fewest they have made in a game this season. They also only made 17 shots from the field against Albany State 10 days earlier.

In spite of their shooting woes, the Tigerettes played Claflin on even terms in the first half. They never trailed by more than five points in the first 20 minutes. The score was tied five times, including 20-20 at the end of the half.

Half of the Tigerettes' first-half points were scored in the paint; nine more resulted from Claflin turnovers. The Tigerettes held Claflin to 28.6% shooting from the field (8-for-28) in the first half. However, their own inability to make baskets prevented them from building a lead. They led by two points twice, which was their biggest advantage of the first half.

The Tigerettes built a six-point lead in the first five minutes of the second half. Jennifer Anoka sparked a 7-0 run with five points as the Tigerettes surged ahead. However, things started going bad after Camissa Jackson's layup gave them a 33-27 advantage.

The Tigerettes proceeded to miss seven of their next eight shots. Claflin took advantage of their errant shooting to regain the lead 34-33. Rayven Sellers put the Tigerettes back on top 35-34 when she scored on a jumper off a fast break with 11:18 left.

That was the Tigerettes' last lead. They made just three field goals and two free throws the rest of the game. Still, they only trailed by four points in the final minute.

Sellers led the Tigerettes with 12 points. Amelia Dorton and Anoka had 11 points each, and Jackson chipped in with nine. The Tigerettes got virtually no offensive production from their bench. Jazlyn Fuller was the only reserve who scored. Fuller had two points.

The Tigerettes were strong defensively, holding Claflin to 36.4% from the field and forcing 26 turnovers. The Tigerettes also rebounded well as they battled Clafin to a standstill on the boards. Each team had 42 rebounds. The Tigerettes had an impressive 18 offensive rebounds, but they only converted into 10 second chance points.

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