Tigerettes take undefeated conference record into SIAC Tournament
Heading into their first game of the SIAC Tournament against the Lady Rams of Fort Valley State University, the Tuskegee Tigerettes managed to not only win the SIAC Championship for the regular season, but also take an undefeated record in conference play with them. Coach Belinda Roby was recently honored as SIAC Coach of the Year for her efforts, as Tuskegee was able to post two more victories in their final two games on the road this season against Kentucky State University and Lane College in Tennessee. The Tigerettes (19-6 overall) have not yet lost a game in the 2013 calendar year, and last suffered a defeat on New Year’s Eve against UNC-Pembroke in a 68-59 setback.
The final week of the regular season began last Thursday in Frankfort, as Tuskegee posted a 78-63 win. Marie McAbee finished this game with a double-double, as she had 18 points and ten rebounds. Nnenna Eze, who was recently selected to the SIAC’s All-Conference Team, also had a double-double as she finished with 14 points and ten boards. Amelia Dorton and Torreece Maxey also scored in double-figures, as both players scored 16 and 11 points, respectively.
Tuskegee then traveled to Oman Arena in Jackson, Tenn. for the final game of the regular season against Lane College, which was played last Saturday. In the 64-51 victory over the Lady Dragons, McAbee once again led the Tigerettes in scoring, as she had 16 points. Dorton scored 13, Kajuanna Rivers added 11, and Eze finished the game with ten points. Rayven Sellers led TU in rebounding, as she finished with eight boards to go with seven points.
Fort Valley State University earned their rematch with Tuskegee after posting a 100-61 victory over Lane College on Monday night in the opening round of the SIAC Tournament. Jayme Gilbert scored a game-high 19 points and was one of five players to score in double figures. The game will be a rematch of the Tigerettes’ 65-57 home victory against the Lady Rams played Jan. 10th. Dominique Collier led Fort Valley with 15 points and eight rebounds in a losing effort, while Eze had 17 points and eight rebounds in the winning cause.
In other SIAC news, Tuskegee’s Jazlyn Fuller was named to the conference’s All-Academic Team. The Ontario, Calif. native earned a 3.51 GPA while majoring in sociology. The winner of Wednesday’s game will play the winner of Clark-Atlanta and the winner of the Claflin-Stillman game that is being played on Tuesday. The semifinal game is scheduled for Friday at 5:30 p.m. EST.
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