Stillman Women Sweep Fisk, Move to 3-0

Women’s Basketball – Thu, Nov. 4, 2021 at 2:25 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It has been nearly two decades since the Stillman College women’s basketball team has started this quickly. The Tigers out-lasted the Fisk University Lady Bulldogs (0-6), 58-56, to start the season 3-0 for the first time since the 2002-2003 campaign. 

The nail-bitter was the second-straight win against Fisk, as Stillman completed the season series sweep of the Bulldogs following a 49-42 win on neutral court at Talladega College on Oct. 24..

Stillman needed nearly two and a half minutes to get on the scoreboard. With 7:33 remaining in the first quarter, Amaria Strong scored a put-back after she collected an offensive rebound, but the opening stanza proved to be a defensive struggle. Jamesha King gave Stillman the lead moments later, but a 7-0 Fisk run helped the Bulldogs open a 10-4 lead with 4:41 to play in the period. Imani Wimbish-Gay converted a pair of free throws less than 30 seconds later, and after the Lady Tigers held the Lady Bulldogs to 0-for-8 shooting during the remainder of the stanza, Hannah Boykin-Williams connected twice in the final 1:08 to pull Stillman even at 10-10 after 10 minutes of play.

The second quarter saw Fisk open on a 14-4 run to build a 24-14 lead, but a basket from King with 6:10 to play in the opening half ignited an 11-0 run from Stillman. During the run, King made four straight buckets, and the Lady Tigers made three free throws to take a 25-24 lead with 2:33 to play. Fisk was able to regain the lead in the final two minutes, but Stillman kept the game close, and at intermission, the Lady Bulldogs’ lead was 32-29.

The Lady Tigers trailed for much of the third quarter, but with 5:21 remaining in the period, Boykin-Williams buried a 3-pointer to help Stillman inch ahead 39-38. A pair of free throws from Stong with 3:19 left in the period pushed the lead to 41-38, but six straight Fisk points gave the Lady Bulldogs the lead back, and heading into the final frame, Fisk led 44-43.

Less than one minute into the fourth quarter, Stillman regained the lead on a traditional 3-point play from Tamia Farris, and the Lady Tigers held the lead for the first four minutes of the period as the defenses controlled play. The teams traded the lead twice in the middle part of the quarter, but with 3:25 to play, King cashed in a feed from Strong to give Stillman the 52-50 lead, and the Lady Tigers did not trail again. A 3-pointer from Wimbish-Gay with 1:50 to go stretched the Stillman lead to five points, and that proved to be enough as Stillman hung on to win the game 58-56.

King led all scorers with 17 points, and she was one of four Lady Tigers to score in double-figures. Boykin-Williams chipped in a dozen, and Strong and Wimbish-Gay added 11 apiece. King reeled in 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season, and she also added three steals and four blocked shots, giving her 13 blocks through three games. Boykin-Williams led the Lady Tigers with four assists.

As a team, Stillman made 23 of 71 (32.4%) shot attempts in the game, but only 1 of 14 (7.1%) from long range. The Lady Tigers were 11-for-16 (68.8%) from the foul line in the game.

Stillman remains on the road this weekend, traveling to Oakwood University in Huntsville on Saturday, Nov. 6 for a 7 p.m. tip.

 

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