Tigerettes suffer humiliating losses




TUSKEGEE, Ala. –  The Tigerettes continued their New Year’s swoon despite playing at the James Center for the first time in 2012. They shot 33% from the field and committed 25 turnovers while dropping a pair of SIAC contests and extending their losing streak to three consecutive games.

The Tigerettes were unable to overcome poor-shooting the first half Monday, leading to a 64-57 loss to Stillman. Saturday, they staged an impressive second-half rally before losing to Miles 66-64 on a last-second shot.

The losses leave the Tigerettes 7-4 overall and 4-3 SIAC.

The Tigerettes, who had a six-game winning streak prior to their recent tailspin, were 11-for-40 (27.5%) from the field in the opening 20 minutes against Stillman. Still, they only trailed by five points at the intermission. They were able to stay close thanks to a strong first-half defensive effort that saw them hold Stillman (7-4, 5-2 SIAC) to 33% shooting (11-for-33). Stillman, however, was 6-for-10 from the free throw line. The Tigerettes shot just one free throw, and missed it.

The Tigerettes went ahead 34-33 for their only lead of the second half on Brittany Hawkins’ jumper with 13:12 left in the game. Stillman bounced back to take a nine-point lead at the 4:37 mark. Alondra Rivers’ three-point play with 3:04 left cut the lead to two points, 52-50, and the Tigerettes got to within two points of the lead two more times, the last coming with 1:10 left on Kajuana Rivers’ layup that made the score 57-55. Stillman closed out the game by making five straight free throws.

The Tigerettes erased a 10-point deficit in the final 8:40 against Miles (7-5, 5-3 SIAC), but they were unable to pull out the win.

Neither team led by more than six points through the first 30 minutes of the contest. However, Miles hit the Tigerettes with a 12-2 spurt in a two-minute span and took a 52-42 lead. The Tigerettes responded with a 13-2 run of their own to take a one-point lead with 4:50 remaining. Defense triggered the Tigerettes’ rally as they came up with four steals.

The lead changed three times and the score was tied twice in the final four minutes before Courtney English made the winning bucket on a layup with four seconds remaining.

Dorton and Nnenna Eze each had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Torreece Maxey barely missed a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds. The trio’s dominance on the boards allowed the Tigerettes to enjoy a 21-9 advantage on second chance points. However, the Tigerettes shot just 32% (22-for-66) from the field.


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