Tigerettes edge Stillman and lose to Miles


FAIRFIELD, Ala. – The Tigerettes were 1-for-2 last week in a pair of SIAC road games that were decided in the closing seconds.
They pulled out a 59-56 victory at Stillman Jan. 12 before dropping a 68-67 decision at Miles Jan. 15. The split leaves them 4-6 overall and 2-4 in the SIAC.

The Tigerettes took control early against Stillman, leading by double figures for most of the first half, and they were on top 32-23 going into the second half. They faltered a bit midway through the period and allowed Stillman to cut their lead to three points, 42-39 with 9:41 remaining in the game.

The Tigerettes regrouped, however, and extended their lead to double figures again with 3:19 left. They were still ahead by 10 points, 57-47 with 1:40 remaining, but had to hold off a Stillman rally to secure the victory after missing two free throws and committing three turnovers. Stillman had an opportunity to tie the score and send the game into overtime following a turnover by the Tigerettes with 12 seconds left, but was unable to get a shot to the rim.

The Tigerettes dominated the game before allowing Stillman to get close at the end. They had a 47-13 rebounding edge, forced 18 turnovers and never trailed and held Stillman to 32% shooting from the field. Guard Keyonnia Cook led a balanced offensive effort with 12 points. Rayven Sellers added 10 points and Tequila Martin and Nnenna Eze had nine apiece.

The Tigerettes were unable to hold off Miles down the stretch after overcoming a 12-point first-half deficit and leading by seven points with 3:39 left in the game.

Poor shooting doomed the Tigerettes. Martin’s field goal with 5:33 remaining gave them a 61-57 lead, but they did not make another shot from the floor for the remainder of the game. The Tigerettes were 0-for-6 during that span. They shot just 33% from the field in the second half (7-for-21) after shooting 43% (13-for-30) in the first half.

The Tigerettes were able to maintain their lead by converting five of seven free throws before Miles went ahead 68-66 with 1:07 left. Shannon Wilson had an opportunity to tie the score with nine seconds left but she missed the first of two free throws.

Jennifer Anoka led a trio of Tigerettes who scored in double figures. She had 17 points. Martin had 16, and Eze had 10. Eze also had a game-high 10 rebounds.

The Tigerettes travel to Memphis to meet LeMoyne-Owen on Mon., Jan. 17.

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