Tigerettes pick up two SIAC victories, lose one



TUSKEGEE, Ala. –  It was feast or famine week for the Tigerettes. They registered a pair of lopsided home SIAC victories over Kentucky State and Lane as Coach Belinda Roby emptied her bench in both games and registered her 200th career victory, but lost by double figures on the road against Benedict.

The Tigerettes (9-7, 7-5 SIAC) began the week with a 76-61 victory against Kentucky State on Jan. 25 at the James Center. They followed that win with an 87-49 triumph   against Lane Jan. 27, which gave Roby her 200th victory. The week ended with the Tigerettes losing to Benedict 63-49 in Columbia, S.C. The loss stopped the Tigerettes’ four-game winning streak.

All 13 players on the Tigerettes’ roster saw action in each of the two victories. Twelve Tigerettes played at least eight minutes against Kentucky State with 11 of the 13 who got into the game scoring. Keyonnia Cook led the Tigerettes with 17 points.

All 13 Tigerettes played at least nine minutes in the win against Lane; 11 players scored at least two points, and five scored in double figures. Tequila Martin led the way with 14 points; Torreece Maxey had 13; Jennifer Anoka and Rayven Sellers scored 12 each, and Nnenna Eze had 11 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double.

The Tigerettes heated from the field in the final 11 minutes of the first half against Kentucky State and went on to rout the Lady Thorobreds.

The score was tied 14-14 at the 11:38 mark, the fifth time the game was deadlocked. The Tigerettes, who shot 56% (18-for-32) from the field in the first half, outscored the Lady Thorobreds 30-6 during the remainder of the period for a 44-20 lead at the break, and they never looked back. Cook led the Tigerettes’ surge with 13 points in the last 10 minutes of the half.  

The Tigerettes, who scored 25 points off turnovers, went on to lead by as many as 25 points in the second half before easing up in the final 10 minutes.

The Tigerettes had their highest point total for the past two seasons in their victory against Lane. They also shot a season-best 57% (35-for-61) from the field. The Tigerettes surged to a double-digit lead in the first four minutes of the game and then went on a 19-4 run that completely buried the Lady Dragons.

The Tigerettes, who led 39-20 at the half, couldn’t miss in the second half, shooting an unthinkable 74% (20-for-27) from the field. They led by as many as 43 points.

Lane (3-11, 3-9 SIAC) shot just 22% from the field for the game (16-for-73), the lowest by an opponent this season. The Lady Dragons only made six of 33 field goals in the first half and shots 18%.

The Tigerettes led most of the first half, but were unable to keep pace with Benedict (13-5, 11-3 SIAC) in the final 20 minutes. The Tigerettes led by eight points, 16-8, with 9:16 left in the first half. Benedict tied the score at 24-all and ended the half leading 31-27. They never led in the second half. Benedict’s lead didn’t dip below double digits during the final 13:52.

Jennifer Anoka, who had 14 points, and Nnenna Eze, who had 13, were the Tigerettes’ only double figures scorers.

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