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HBCU Round-up: SWAC Women's Basketball Recaps: Feb. 27

Phinesse Demps | 2/28/2017, 4:30 p.m. | Updated on 2/28/2017, 2:22 p.m.
Derica Wiggins led the Jackson State to its second straight victory by beating the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lady Lions 80-56 in ...
Derica Wiggins led the Jackson State to its second straight victory by beating the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lady Lions 80-56 in Southwestern Athletic Conference action Monday night at the H.O. Clemmons Arena

Alabama State 74, Prairie View A&M 61

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Behind a career-best 35 points from Britney Wright, Alabama State assured itself a top-4 seed in defeated Prairie View A&M 74-61 Monday night.

Wright also grabbed 13 boards for Alabama State (12-14, 11-5 SWAC), who battled Prairie View A&M (11-17, 6-10 SWAC) battled throughout the first half until the Lady Hornets were able to pull away early in the second half. Wright came out of the locker room for the Lady Hornets and scored the first seven points of the half to put Alabama State up by seven at 47-40; however, Prairie View A&M fought back to within a point at 47-46 with 5:36 to play in the third quarter.

The Lady Hornets closed out the third quarter on a 10-2 run over the final five minutes, holding Prairie View A&M without a field goal during the run. The run was extended to 14-3 in the fourth quarter as Alabama State extended the lead to 61-49 with 8:19 to play in the game. Prairie View A&M was able to pull within eight at 68-60 with 2:27 to play, but a pair of seniors – Wright and Damya Toney – scored six consecutive points to push the lead to 73-60 with just 38 seconds to play.

Alabama State finished the night shooting 45.9 (28-of-61) percent from the floor and 26.3 (5-of-19) percent from beyond the arc, while shooting 76.5 (13-of-17) percent from the free throw line. group.

Alexus Parker led Prairie View A&M with 25 points in the loss.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

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Higgins led the Jackson State women's basketball team to its second straight victory by beating the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lady Lions 80-56 in Southwestern Athletic Conference action Monday night at the H.O. Clemmons Arena.

Wiggins came off the bench to lead all scorers with 26 points on an efficient 9-19 shooting from the field. She also went 7-8 from the free throw line to go along with recording four steals. Kierra Adams posted a double-double as she finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds. She went 8-13 from the field.

JSU never trailed in the first half. By the six minute mark the Lady Tigers led 13-5 and increased its lead to 22-12 by the end of the first quarter.

The Lady Tigers 37-17 by the 4:19 mark in the second quarter.

​ JSU was able to cruise the rest of the way for the victory.​

JSU (10-16, 4-12) held a 41-19 halftime advantage. Adams and Wiggins combined to score 25 first half points, going a combined 10-16 from the field. Adams also had nine first half rebounds.