Tigerettes claw over .500 with pair of home victories
The Tuskegee University Tigerettes completed their first full week in SIAC going a perfect 3-0 to improve to 7-6 and retain an unblemished conference record at 4-0 heading into Monday night’s game against Claflin University in South Carolina. The 4-0 record makes the TU women the final undefeated team in SIAC play in the 2012-2013 season.
|Fort Valley State University Coach Lonnie Bartley (center) was honored by Tuskegee University Director of Athletics Patric Simon (left) and Director of Marketing, Promotions, Sponsorship and Development James Arrington (right) for his 623 career coaching victories when his team played against the Tuskegee Tigerettes last week. However, the Lady Wildcats were not able to claim that milestone over Tuskegee.
The week began in Albany, Ga. with a 62-53 victory over the Lady Rams of Albany State in a game played Jan. 7. After trailing by seven points in a 30-23 halftime margin, Tuskegee scored 39 points in the second half while shooting 13-of-32 from the field after the intermission (40.6 percent). Amelia Dorton led all scorers with 15 points, making six field goals inside the perimeter and hitting three free throws from the charity stripe. Nnenne Eze had a double-double, with 12 points to go with 12 rebounds while shooting nearly 50 percent from the field (5-for-11). Kajuanna Rivers was the only other Tigerette to score in double-figures, as she had ten points. Meanwhile, Albany State fell to 3-6 after the loss and had a two-game losing streak snapped. Kedeemya Cooper led the Lady Rams in scoring, with 14 points.
Up next for Tuskegee was a game against Fort Valley State University inside the friendly confines of the Daniel ‘Chappie’ James Center played Jan. 10. Lonnie Bartley, the coach of the Lady Wildcats, was honored during halftime of the game for his contributions to FVSU and the SIAC by Tuskegee Director of Athletics Patric Simon. A victory over Tuskegee would have given Bartley his 624th career coaching victory (all at Fort Valley State), making him the winningest HBCU women’s basketball coach in NCAA history. However, Bartley would have to wait two nights later and earn a victory over Stillman College to set that mark, because Tuskegee led wire-to-wire in a 65-57 win.
In the win (which put TU at .500 and dropped Fort Valley to an identical 6-6 record), Eze nearly had another double-double, as she led all scorers with 17 points and tied teammate Marie McAbee for a team-high eight rebounds. McAbee contributed seven points, while Torreece Maxey and Rivers contributed 11 and ten points, respectively.
The week would end with the Tigerettes posting a 64-48 victory Saturday night over Clark Atlanta to drop the Lady Panthers to 5-8 overall and 2-2 in conference play. Tuskegee shot 41 percent from the field (16-for-39) in the game’s opening 20 minutes to take a 38-24 lead, and coasted after halftime, with three TU players scoring in double figures. Maxey led the team in scoring and rebounding, with a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. McAbee was one rebound away from a double-double of her own, with 11 points and nine boards. Alannah Vincent scored ten points to contribute to the winning cause.
Conference play continues on the road tonight in South Carolina before three home games are played at TU, beginning Thursday against Benedict College.
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