SWAC WBB: Bridges double-double leads TSU over rival PVAMU

Story courtesy: TSU, AAMU, JSU Athletics

Texas Southern 79, Prairie View A&M 76

Ataiya Bridges posted a double-double while Te’aire Hambrick was hot from downtown with a 20-point effort as Texas Southern battled to the end in its SWAC opener as they won by a 79-76 margin Monday night inside the Baby Dome.

In true rivalry fashion, the game would come down to the wire as Prairie View A&M answered with a 9-0 surge to regain a 72-71 advantage with 2:53 left. Sensing the game slipping away, Skye Green responded with a huge layup off an assist from Bridges to recapture the lead. PVAMU missed a three-pointer on the ensuing possession and Hambrick made them pay with a trey to lead 76-72 at the 2:14 mark. TSU would turn to its defense and picked up a steal late which led to a free throw from Bridges and a 77-72 margin. Both teams would trade baskets slightly under the one-minute mark as TSU continued to hold serve at 79-74.

With 26 seconds left, PVAMU scored to draw within 79-76 and TSU turned the ball over on a double dribble. PVAMU attempted a game-tying three-pointer with 11 seconds left but the ball rimmed out as TSU would hold on for its first SWAC win of the year.

Bridges led TSU with 22 points, 11 assists and eight steals in 39 minutes of action while Hambrick nailed five three-pointers and dished out six assists en route to a 20-point outing. Britnee Gabriel added 13 points off the bench while Demetrius Lewis pulled down seven boards with three steals.

TSU is back in action on Saturday against Grambling State at 5:30 p.m. inside the H&PE Arena.

Alabama A&M 57, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 47

Alabama A&M (4-2, 2-1 SWAC) recovered from an early deficit as they downed Arkansas – Pine Bluff (2-7, 1-2 SWAC) by a 57-47 score in an NCAA Division I women’s basketball game on Monday, January 11.

Junior forward Dariauna Lewis (Omaha, Neb.) delivered an impressive double-double of 18 points and 13 boards, five off the offensive glass, and added four blocks to lead A&M while senior guard DeShawna Harper (Indianapolis, Ind.) finished with 13 points and seven rebounds.

Senior guard Nigeria Jones (Lincoln, Neb.) added nine points and dished out three assists with a pair of steals and freshman guard Darian Burgin (Cincinnati, Ohio) chipped in with nine points.

Khadijah Brown posted 12 points and hauled in 10 boards, six that came on offense, for a double-double of her own in just 24 minutes to lead UAPB. She was joined by Jazzeem Betha with nine points, five rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals while Nissa Sam-Grant delivered an impressive eight blocks to go with seven caroms. Tyler Pyburn rounded out the top performers with nine points and five boards.

The Bulldogs are back in action when they return home to take on rival Alabama State on Saturday, January 16. Game time for that doubleheader with the men’s program is set for 2 p.m. at Elmore Gymnasium.

Jackson State 62, Southern 42

The Jackson State Lady Tigers improved to 3-1 in SWAC play with a stellar 62-42 victory against Southern on Monday evening. 

Covington had eight points with a team best 2-of-2 from the three-point line at the break. Dayzsha Rogan had seven points and four rebounds midway through the contest.

Ameshya Williams finished with her sixth double-double of the season, tallying 13 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocked shots. 

Dayzsha Rogan led all scorers with 17 points. She also had nine rebounds and two steals. Jariyah Covington finished with 12 points, three rebounds, and five assists. 

As a team, Jackson State finished 22-of-47 from the floor with 45 points in the paint and 28 points off the bench. 

The Lady Tigers won its second SWAC game in a row, improving to 4-5 overall and 3-1 in conference. JSU returns to the court on Saturday, versus Prairie View A&M. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. in Prairie View, Texas.

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