MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE DOWNS WEST ALABAMA IN GSC ACTION
The Mississippi College women’s basketball team snapped a four-game skid with a 75-72 win over the University of West Alabama on Saturday afternoon in Gulf South Conference play. The win snaps a four-game slide against West Alabama in the series and gives the Lady Choctaws an 6-5 lead in the series. MC improved to 4-5 and 2-4 in conference action while UWA falls to 4-9 and 3-5 in the GSC.
Mississippi College was led by a career-high 23 points from Ashley Minor. The Natchez, Miss., native shot 8-for-11 from the field and became the first player to score 20-plus points since teammate Kelley Allen scored 22 points against Delta State earlier this season. Minor had scored in double figures 24 times in her career in Clinton and six times this season.
Allen poured in 18 points while Lanae’ Bickham added 12 points for her third game in double figures this season. Allen has posted double-digits in seven games this season – the most by any current Lady Choctaw.
Toni Woods paced the Navy and Gold on the glass with seven boards while Allen grabbed six.
Mississippi College shot 47.5 percent from the field in the win – the second highest clip from the floor behind a 49.3 percent shooting night against LeMoyne-Owen earlier this season.
West Alabama was led by Ariel Wilson’s 21 points and eight rebounds.
HOW IT HAPPENED
MC outscored West Alabama in the final three quarters 66-58, including 52-47 in the second half. UWA held a 14-9 advantage after the first quarter.
The Lady Choctaws scored 19 points off of 17 West Alabama turnovers and dominated the Lady Tigers 42-28 in points in the paint.
A back and forth contest throughout, the two squads saw the scored deadlocked 11 times during the 40 minutes of action and 20 lead changes. The last time came with 6:04 remaining in the game at 51-all.
Mississippi College was able to gain the lead for good, 61-60, at the 3:20 mark of the fourth quarter on a layup by Minor. The Lady Choctaws moved their lead out to as many as six points on two different occasions down the stretch.
The Navy and Gold was able to knock down its last 12 free throws in the final quarter to help capture the GSC win. MC shot 70.4 percent from the charity stripe for the game as Allen and Minor connected on 13 of MC’s 19 made free throws for the game.
Mississippi College hosts West Georgia in GSC action on Monday, Jan. 9. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.