Tigerettes post perfect week


TUSKEGEE, Ala. – The Tigerettes, on a hot streak in 2011, continued their winning ways with a perfect week that included a victory against Fort Valley State, the SIAC leader.

The Tigerettes defeated Paine College 73-60 Jan. 31 in the back end of a two-game road trip; they returned to the James Center Feb. 3 and defeated Fort Valley State, ranked ninth in the NCAA Division II South Region, 76-72 and ended the week with a  75-66 home win against Albany State.

The Tigerettes (12-7, 10-5) are 9-3 since Jan. 1; they have a three-game winning streak and have won seven of their last eight contests.

The Tigerettes had little trouble disposing of Paine, never trailing in a contest that was tied just once – 2-2. They built a double-digit lead in the first eight minutes and were ahead by as many as 16 points before the Lady Lions cut the Tigerettes’ advantage to 36-31 at the half.

They started the second half with a 14-2 run that put the game away. Keyonnia Cook sparked the run with a pair of three-pointers as the Tigerettes streaked to a 50-33 advantage with 14:53 left in the game for their widest margin of the night. The Tigerettes shot 50% (16-for-32) from the field in the second half

Cook led the Tigerettes with 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the field. Tequila Martin had 12 points and Torreece Maxey added 10.

The Tigerettes and Lady Wildcats swapped double-digits in the first half before the Tigerettes took control of the game in the final 20 minutes.

Fort Valley State grabbed a 10-point lead, 13-3, in the first four minutes. However, the Tigerettes outscored the Lady Wildcats 18-8 over the next six minutes to tie the score at 21-all at the 10:33 mark. The Tigerettes  hit Fort Valley State with a 10-0 run and never trailed again. They led 43-37 at the half.

The Tigerettes led by as many as 12 points in the second half before Fort Valley State sliced their lead to four points, 70-66, with four minutes to play. The Lady Wildcats seemed poised to come all the way back, but Martin scored on a layup and Jennifer Anoka tipped in Keyonnia Cook’s missed layup to keep them at bay.

Rayven Sellers led the Tigerettes with 18 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the field. Martin had 16 points, Nnenna Eze 13 and Anoka 10.

The Tigerettes scored 23 points off of 19 Fort Valley State turnovers, and they had 38 points in the paint, which offset Fort Valley State’s 55-41 rebounding advantage.

The week ended with the Tigerettes grinding out a victory against Albany State as they avenged a 67-48 loss to the Lady Rams in December.

Neither team led by more than eight points until the final minutes.  The score was tied seven times. Albany State’s largest lead was six points. That came with 10:21 remaining in the first half when the Lady Rams went ahead 19-13 after the Tigerettes had been on top by as many as six points. The Tigerettes regained the lead by a point twice before the half ended with Albany State out front 34-33.

The Tigerettes recaptured the lead on their first possession when Eze scored on a layup. Albany State came back immediately and took a 3-point lead. The Tigerettes went ahead for good with 16:47 when Maxey made a pair of free throws for a 41-40 lead.

Cook, Martin and Anoka led the Tigerettes with 12 apiece.

The Tigerettes will entertain the Lady Panthers of Claflin University at the James Center Arena on Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m.

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