King Leads Stillman Past FMU in Season Opener

JaMesha King tips off Stillman's 2021-2022 season.

JaMesha King tips off Stillman’s 2021-2022 season.

Women’s Basketball – Sun, Oct. 24, 2021 at 12:30 PM

TALLADEGA, Ala. – For the first time since 2015, Stillman College women’s basketball opened its season with a victory.


Stillman College rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit on Oct. 23 to defeat Florida Memorial University, 63-56, to open the 2021-2022 season and the inaugural Talladega College Women’s Basketball Dream Academy Classic. It was the first known meeting for Stillman against the Miami-based HBCU.

The Tigers shot 22.5 percent in the first 20 minutes of action, but adjusted at halftime to shut down the FMU Lions in the third quarter and open up their offense. After an initial 3-point basket gave FMU a 34-17 lead coming out of the half, Stillman did not allow another basket for more than 11 minutes of action and out-paced the Lions, 15-3, in the third quarter. 

JaMesha King, a junior transfer from Southern Union Community College, led all players by scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in her Stillman debut. She scored 15 in the final 10 minutes of action as Stillman shot 61 percent from the floor in the fourth quarter. King also had two blocks and two steals.

Laneja Warner, a transfer from Coastal Alabama North, also scored double figures in her Stillman debut with 10 points, including eight in the second half. 

FMU was led by Destiny Marin’s 22 points off the bench and 12 points from starter Chantel Barnett.

Stillman (1-0) will return to action in the Dream Academy Classic at Talladega’s Billy Hawkins Center when it meets long-time HBCU foe Fisk University (0-1) on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. It is the first of two-straight meetings between the teams with Stillman scheduled to travel to Nashville, Tennessee on Nov. 2. 

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