SWAC WBB: Mitchell leads Alcorn past Grambling; ASU now 3-0

Story courtesy: Alcorn, ASU Athletics

Alcorn 61, Grambling 58

Backed by a strong double-double performance from Deja Mitchell, the Alcorn State University women’s basketball team posted a 61-58 win at Grambling State in Southwestern Athletic Conference play inside Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center Tuesday night.

Mitchell put together another big night with 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead all players in both categories. Cayla Obillo added 10 points and both Kirdis Clark and Aja Wheeler tallied six points apiece. In all, Alcorn (2-5, 2-1 SWAC) had twelve players score at least two points. Six players scored at least five points with LaRae Rascoe and Nia McCalphia adding five points apiece. Quintasia Leatherwood had a team-high four assists. Mitchell and Nia McCalphia added three steals apiece.

The Lady Braves took advantage of points off turnovers (25-17) and steals (18-10), along with making 16 more free throws (21-5).

Alcorn went 19-47 (40.4) from the field, 2-13 (15.4) from three and 21-35 (60) from the foul line. Grambling State went 25-57 (43.9) from the field, 3-13 (23.1) from three and 5-12 (41.7) from the foul line. Candice Parramore led the Lady Tigers with 11 points, while Brandi Washington added 10 points. Justice Coleman and Ariel Williams each grabbed eight rebounds, while Alexus Holt had a game-high six assists.  

The Lady Braves will return home this coming Saturday afternoon when they will face Mississippi Valley State beginning at 3 p.m. inside Davey L. Whitney Complex.

Alabama State 69, Mississippi Valley State 45

Alabama State is officially off to its best start to a season in program history after the Lady Hornets ran away with a 69-45 victory at Mississippi Valley State in Southwestern Athletic Conference play Tuesday afternoon at the R.W. Harrison HPER Complex.

The Lady Hornets 3-0 start to the season is their best in program history and the 3-0 start in SWAC play is their best since 2009.

Once again, the junior trio of Jayla Crawford, Ayana Emmanuel and Shmya Ward led the way for Alabama State in the contest. Crawford paced all scorers with 18 points on 6-of-12 from the floor, while Emmanuel put up 13 points.

Ward led the team on the boards, again, pulling down eight rebounds to go along with her 14 points. She was just two rebounds shy of recording her third double-double in as many games to start the year.

Crawford, Emmanuel and Ward have each scored in double figures in all three games of the season. The reigning BOXTOROW National Player of the Week Emmanuel leads the way scoring 19.0 points per game.

The Devilettes (2-5, 0-3 SWAC) were led offensively by Zakiya Mahoney, who scored 16 points in the contest. Diamond Wraggs led Valley with seven rebounds and also contributed 11 points.

The 24-point victory was biggest win by the Lady Hornets in Itta Bena since Feb. 6, 2016, when Alabama State won by 28 (79-51). Alabama State improved to 44-40 all-time against Mississippi Valley and 17-22 on the road against the Devilettes with the win.

Alabama State’s attention will now turn to in-state rival Alabama A&M, who is off to a 2-1 start in SWAC play. The two will meet at T.M. Elmore Gym in Huntsville Saturday at 2 p.m. on the Hornet Sports Network.

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