Tigerettes complete season sweep of Miles to go 13-0 in SIAC
Winning 13 consecutive games and being the final undefeated in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference during conference play has its’ advantages. Namely, if you are able to start the streak at the beginning of conference play, you will likely wrap up first place in the conference with three games that now serve as nothing more than glorified scrimmages between securing first place and entering the SIAC Tournament at the end of February.
Marie McAbee goes up strong for two of her 14 total points to lead all scorers in Saturday night’s contest.
The Tuskegee Tigerettes (16-6 overall) achieved this feat by pulling away from West Division rival Miles College early in the first half Saturday night and opened up a 72-35 victory against the Lady Bears (6-18; 2-12 in SIAC). In the victory, Marie McAbee had a stellar game as she finished with game highs of 14 points and six steals. She also had eight rebounds, which was only surpassed on the home roster by Torreece Maxey, who had nine boards to go with four points. Amelia Dorton also managed to score in double figures, as she totaled ten points while shooting 80 percent from the field (4-of-5).
Senior Night looms large for Belinda Roby’s team on Monday night, but the opponent is LeMoyne-Owen College. The Lady Magicians are on the opposite spectrum of where Tuskegee is in conference play, as the undermanned team has not won a game in conference play so far and only posted two wins all season. Earlier in February, Tuskegee defeated LeMoyne-Owen by a score of 85-40 on Feb. 2 to give their division rival their worst loss of the season.
Tuskegee was already going to likely wrap up the SIAC Championship on Monday, but the lone competitor mathematically eliminated themselves from any shot at first place also on Saturday, as Benedict College saw a seven-game winning streak get snapped at home with Clark-Atlanta posting a 71-70 upset victory in South Carolina. Their conference record dropped to 11-3 (14-12 overall) with two conference games remaining in the regular season.
As the #1 seed in the West, the Tigerettes will begin their play in the SIAC Tournament on Wednesday, February 27th at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time (4:30 p.m. Central time) at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia against an opponent yet to be named. After Monday’s Senior Night game (scheduled for 5:30 p.m.) in the Chappie James Center, TU will wrap up the regular season with two road games against Kentucky State this Thursday and Lane College this Saturday.
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