Tigerettes blast Lady Rams
TUSKEGEE, Ala. – The Tigerettes flexed their inside muscle Monday night against Albany State at the James Center and continued their early season hot streak with an 82-59 SIAC victory.
The Tigerettes outrebounded Albany State 57-26, and they had a 22-0 advantage in second chance points thanks to the 28 offensive rebounds that they pulled down. The Tigerettes also had a 48-30 edge in points in the paint as they improved to 5-1.
“Overall our inside presence was the best it has been all season,’’ Coach Belinda Roby said.
Junior post player Torreece Maxey was a tower of power inside for the Tigerettes. She had 18 points and 13 rebounds. Roby said Maxey’s performance was a continuation of how she played in recent practices and an intra-squad scrimmage.
“She had great practices every day,’’ Roby said.“ In our scrimmage Saturday she had about 28-30 points. That carried over into the game. We gave them a day off, and she came back and still played well. That’s absolutely encouraging.’’
Nnenna Eze, the Tigerettes other post player, had nine points and seven rebounds. Roby said that when Maxey and Eze both play at the top of their games, the Tigerettes are almost unbeatable.
“Neither one of them understands their importance,’’ she says.“ We expect a double-double every night. That’s asking a lot, but we want that from both of them.’’
The Tigerettes had a three-point lead going into the second half, 35-32. They took control of the game with a 19-4 run that saw them score 12 straight points as they went ahead 54-37 with 12:32 left in the game.. The Tigerettes ended the game with an 18-3 run over the final 4:35.
Roby said in addition to rebounding well, she liked the way the Tigerettes pursued loose balls and the fact that they continued to show signs of improvement on defense. They held Albany State to 30.7% from the field. The Lady Rams shot just 29.6% (8-for-27) in the second half.
However, offensively, she said she would like to have gotten better production from forwards Ameila Dorton, who had six points and three rebounds, and Alannah Vincent, who had 10 points and two rebounds.
“We expect as much out of them as we do the post players,’’ she said. “The truth be known, our strength is inside, not outside. We’re getting there. We still have work to do. However, we can see improvement. Anytime you see improvement, you’ve got a chance.’’
The Tigerettes return to action Dec. 13 with a conference game against Claflin. Roby said she doesn’t expect the Tigerettes to take a step backwards because of the layoff.
“The layoff shouldn’t affect us,’’ she said. “They’ll have a day or two off and a couple of days of conditioning. We’ll fine tune some things and have a full scrimmage Saturday. By then you would have played a game. It’s the same thing. The only difference is you’re competing against teammates.’’