Tigerettes remain in third place in conference


TUSKEGEE, Ala. – The Tigerettes won two out of three games last week to continue their recent hot streak and remained in the thick of the SIAC championship race.

The Tigerettes began the week beating Paine College 61-49 at the James Center Monday. The win was their sixth in a row. They began a five-game road trip Thursday with a 78-49 loss at second-place Fort Valley State, their most lopsided defeat of the season. The Tigerettes ended the week on a high note Saturday as they won at Albany State 70-68 in overtime.

The Tigerettes, third in the SIAC with an 11-4 record and 14-5 overall, have won seven of their last nine games. However, Coach Belinda Roby is not totally pleased with the way they have played in the early stages of recent games.

“We got to get back on track,’’ she said. “This is February, almost the second week in February. It’s almost tournament time. We need to come out playing sharp. You got to know what you’re doing and what you got to do. That bothers me, even though we were able to win two out of three games. This time of year, that has to change.’’

The Tigerettes’ victory against Paine was their fifth double-digit win during their spell. They went on a 19-6 run midway through the second half and built a 14-point lead, 48-34, after leading 25-23 at the half. Paine was unable to recover from that body shot, and the Tigerettes maintained a double figure lead for the remainder of the game. Their lead grew to 17 points, 55-38, with 5:09 remaining on Rayven Sellers’ jumper.

Alondra Rivers led all scorers with 18 points for the Tigerettes. Nnenna Eze had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Torreece Maxey helped the Tigerettes control the boards with 12 rebounds.

The Tigerettes suffered through their worst shooting performance of the season in their loss to Fort Valley State. The Tigerettes were 12-for-53 (22.6%) from field. Amelia Dorton, who had 10 points, was the Tigerettes’ only double figures scorer. Six of Dorton’s points came at the free throw line. Rivers, who was 3-for-12 from the floor, was the only Tigerette who made more than two field goals.

Fort Valley State built a double-figure lead after the first seven minutes of the contest and continued to pull away. The Lady Wildcats were on top 41-15 at the half. The Tigerettes played Fort Valley State on even terms in the second half – they were only outscored 37-34 – but it was a case of too little too late.

Showing their resiliency two days later, the Tigerettes beat Albany State, despite being outrebounded by 17 boards. They made up for their rebounding deficiencies by forcing 25 turnovers, which they converted into 23 points. Dorton set the tone with five steals.

Neither team was able to take control of the contest, and the score see-sawed back and forth. The widest margin of the game was the eight-point advantage that the Tigerettes held twice in the second half, the last time being 51-43 at the 8:17 mark.

Rivers’ jumper with four seconds remaining sent the game into overtime with the score 62-all.

Albany State scored first in the overtime period. But, the Lady Rams’ 64-62 lead was the only time that they were ahead in the extra session. Maxey’s jumper tied the score again. Rivers made one of two free throws and followed with a jumper after a steal by Demetries McNealey. Rivers’ points put the Tigerettes out front 67-64 with 2:20 remaining. Jennifer Anoka made one of two free throws with 10 seconds left to seal the win after Albany State trimmed the lead to a point, 69-68.

The Tigerettes will play at Claflin on Tuesday, Benedict on Thursday and Paine on Saturday.

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