Tigerettes run record to 6-1
TUSKEGEE, Ala. – The Tigerettes got a balanced scoring effort and another strong performance from Torreece Maxey as they extended their winning streak to five consecutive games with a 75-66 SIAC victory against Claflin at the James Center Tuesday night.
Demetries McNealy led five double figures scorers with 12 points for the Tigerettes, who improved their record to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the SIAC. Amelia Dorton, Rayven Sellers and Torreece Maxey had 11 points each, and Alannah Vincent chipped in with 10 points off the bench.
“That’s the first game this season that has happened,’’ Coach Belinda Roby said. “I hope we can continue. We have been putting on offensive clinics (in practice), so that can happen.’’
Maxey, who was questionable for the game because of a sore back, also had a game-high 13 rebounds for her second consecutive double-double. She also had a double-double – 18 points and 12 rebounds – in the Tigerettes’ 82-59 victory against Albany State Dec. 5.
“We didn’t know if she was going to play,’’ Roby said. “For her to play like that, if her back hadn’t been bothering her, she could have done even more. She’s getting there.’’
The Tigerettes, playing for the first time in eight days, fell behind by four points in the early going. Maxey made a pair of free throws with 16:51 left in the first half to give the Tigerettes a 9-8 lead, and they never trailed again. The lead grew to 16 points, 40-24, with 3:55 remaining in the half before Claflin (1-6, 1-5 SIAC) went on a 9-0 run to end the period, and the Tigerettes were on top 40-33 going into the second half.
Claflin came within four points of the lead on a number of occasions in the final 20 minutes with the last time coming at the 5:49 mark. The Tigerettes turned back each Claflin surge. They went on a 10-0 to increase their lead to 71-57 with 3:28 remaining in the game and were never challenged again.
The Tigerettes had a strong defensive performance in the second half. They held Claflin to 28.6% shooting from the field (12-for-42). Claflin shot 31% from the field for the game.
The Tigerettes don’t play again until they face Miles in an SIAC contest in Birmingham on Jan. 2.. Their 6-1 start is the best in nearly 30 years. Roby is optimistic that the squad will continue to play at a high level during the second semester when it gets into the heart of the SIAC schedule. She doesn’t anticipate much slippage, given the degree of competition within the team for playing time.
“When you have the competition that we have, it makes the team better,’’ she said. “If we stay healthy and keep all the pieces in place, we’ll be fine.’’
The Tigerettes will remain on campus for practice until Monday before breaking for Christmas, a move that Roby hopes will offset any slippage in conditioning.
“That’s really important,’’ Roby said. “Hopefully, that will sustain them while they’re gone.’’