Tigerettes suffer road setback


ALBANY, Ga. (December 4, 2010) –  The Tigerettes' modest two-game winning streak came to a screeching halt Saturday in their 67-48 SIAC road loss to Albany State.

The point total was the lowest for the Tigerettes in 26 games, dating to their 76-43 loss to Georgia College last December.

The Tigerettes, playing on the road for the first time this year, shot a season-worst 29.8% (17-for-57) from the field, including 25% (2-for-8) from three-point range. In addition to their shooting woes, the Tigerettes committed 22 turnovers, and they were outrebounded 49-36.

Subs Jennifer Anoka, who scored 12 points, and Nnenna Eze, who had 12, led the Tigerettes in scoring. Each shot 4-for-9 from the field.

Offensive rebounding was about the only bright spot for the Tigerettes, who fell to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the SIAC. They had 12 offensive boards, which led to 12 second chance points. The Tigerettes' defense forced 20 turnovers, but they were unable to capitalize on them because of their poor shooting. They converted the turnovers into 12 points compared to the 25 points that Albany State scored off the turnovers it forced.

Albany State's perimeter scoring gave the Tigerettes fits. Guard Kourtney Alexander scored 22 points on 8-for-15 shooting. Alexander had three three-pointers among her baskets. Forward Callie Hamilton was 5-for-7 from the field and scored 11 points. Symone Wilkerson, another guard, was 6-for-9 from the field – 3-for-4 on three-pointers – with 15 points. 

The Tigerettes never led after the first five minutes of the game. Albany State went on a 24-9 run starting at the 15:51 mark of the first half to take control of the game. The Tigerettes made a push and cut the lead to under10 points three times before the half ended, but they were behind by 12 points, 36-24 after the first 20 minutes.

Matters did not improve in the second half for the Tigerettes. They crept within eight points of the lead in the first three minutes, cutting the lead to 38-30 with 17:39 left in the game when Amelia Dorton made the first of two free throws. Dorton missed the second foul shot, and Albany State got the rebound.

The Tigerettes got a stop on Albany State possession as Alexander missed a three-pointer. However, Taccara Bivins grabbed the offensive rebound. Hamilton missed a jumper, but Albany State got another offensive rebound, this time by Beneidra Colbert. Hamilton then buried a jumper. Albany State went on to build its lead to 23 points.

The Tigerettes' next contest is an SIAC game against Claflin in Orangeburg, S.C., on Dec. 14, their last outing before the Christmas break. They will participate in the West Florida Tournament in Pensacola, Fla., Dec. 30-31. They open the tournament against West Florida and play the University of the District of Columbia in the second round.

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