Tigerettes Eze past Magicians and Panthers

1/23/2011

TUSKEGEE, Ala. –  The surging Tigerettes posted a pair of double-digit SIAC road victories last week and improved their record to above .500 for the first time since the second week of the season.

The Tigerettes began the week with a 73-52 win at LeMoyne-Owen on Jan. 17 and ended it with a 66-53 victory over Clark Atlanta on Jan. 20. The Tigerettes have won four of their last five games. They are 7-6 overall and 5-4 in the SIAC. They haven’t been above .500 since their 69-60 home victory against Clark Atlanta, Nov. 23, made them 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference.

The Tigerettes, who routed LeMoyne-Owen for the second time in 11 days, methodically took control of the contest against the Lady Magicians, leading from start to finish. They outscored LeMoyne-Owen 15-7 over the final 10 minutes of the first half for a 30-22 lead at the intermission. LeMoyne-Owen closed to within a point of the lead, 38-37, with 13:41 remaining in the game. At that point, the Tigerettes went on an 18-2 run that broke the game open.

The Tigerettes dominated the game with their rebounding. They had a 42-26 edge on the glass. They grabbed 14 offensive rebounds, which led to 12 points. In addition, they forced 20 turnovers and converted them into 20 points. Nnenna Eze led the Tigerettes with 16 points.

The Tigerettes dominated the boards again in their victory against Clark Atlanta. Eze had nine rebounds, and Amelia Dorton and Tequila Martin had eight apiece as the Tigerettes enjoyed a 52-42 advantage off the glass.

Neither team shot well from the field. The Tigerettes were 21-for-68 (31%), and Clark Atlanta shot 29% (18-for-62). However, the Tigerettes were 19-for-20 from the free throw line, and that spelled the difference in the contest. The Tigerettes made their final 17 foul shots after Alannah Vincent missed the second of two attempts with 11:44 left in the first half.

The Tigerettes trailed most of the first half. They tied the score at 18-all at the 6:52 mark and were ahead 27-25 when the half ended.

The Tigerettes salted away at the free throw line in the second, going 12-for-12.  Eight of their final 10 points came on foul shots.

Keyonnia Cook led the Tigerettes with 16 points; Eze had 14 and Martin added 10.

Tuskegee will host the Thorobrettes of Kentucky State on Tuesday at the James Center Arena at 5:30 p.m.

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