Tigerettes split a pair of home games
TUSKEGEE, Ala. – The Tigerettes, playing at home for the first time in six weeks, split a pair of SIAC games in their first action of the New Year.
The Tigerettes started the New Year with a 52-51 loss against Miles on Jan. 3 after leading by nine points at the half. They bounced back from that disheartening loss with a 74-54 win against LeMoyne-Owen on Jan. 6, thanks to their balanced scoring.
The split leaves the Tigerettes 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the SIAC.
Jennifer Anoka led four double figures scorers with 16 points off the bench against LeMoyne-Owen as the Tigerettes never trailed. Keyonnia Cook and Tequila Martin chipped in with 12 points each, and Nnenne Eze had 11.
Eze also had 10 rebounds for a double to help the Tigerettes to a 54-43 advantage on the boards. Torreece Maxey also had 12 rebounds.
The Tigerettes built a 13-point lead in the first 12 minutes and were in command the remainder of the game. LeMoyne-Owen trimmed the Tigerettes’ lead to five points, 43-38 at 14:08 of the second half. The Tigerettes responded with an 11-4 run and continued to pull away.
The Tigerettes dominated on the interior with 26 points in the paint, compared to 14 to LeMoyne-Owen. Defensively, they forced 20 turnovers, which led to 20 points. Amelia Dorton was responsible for four of the forced turnovers with steals.
The Tigerettes weren’t as successful protecting the lead against Miles. They led 27-18 at the half, but a nearly three-minute scoreless stretch at the end of the game doomed them to defeat. The score was tied 45-all with 5:28 remaining. Shannon Wilson’s fast break layup at the 4:46 mark put the Tigerettes ahead by two points, 47-45. However, they didn’t score again until Eze buried a jumper with 1:49 left, ending a 7-0 Miles run
The Tigerettes had a chance to take the lead with 1:10 after getting a stop on Miles’ ensuing possession. Dorton rebounded the ball after Sammeika Thomas missed a three-pointer for Miles, but Martin missed a three-pointer that would have given the Tigerettes the lead.
Eze made it a one-point game on a jumper with 30 seconds remaining, and neither team scored again.
The Tigerettes were victimized by 12 second-half turnovers that led to 12 points for Miles after leading at intermission. Miles didn’t have any points off seven turnovers by the Tigerettes in the first half. The Tigerettes led by 10 points twice in the first half, but they were unable to extend their leads.