Women’s Basketball – Sat, Nov. 13, 2021 at 10:05 AM
HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. – Low-scoring, defensive affairs have been the signature of the early season for the Stillman College women’s basketball team. The Lady Tigers have allowed an average of only 50 points through their first five games, and on Friday afternoon their defense again held the line, keeping the Tougaloo College Bulldogs to only a shade over a point per minute of play. Unfortunately for the Lady Tigers, the offense struggled to get going in the second half, and their season opening winning streak was halted at four games.
Stillman (4-1) and Tougaloo (4-4) battled in a back-and-forth affair, but the Lady Tigers shot just 6-for-23 (26.1%) from the floor in the second half as Tougaloo rallied for the 51-50 victory.
Stillman opened the game on a lengthy 10-0 run. The final points of that spurt came on a pair of free throws from Tamia Farris with 5:07 to play in the opening quarter. However, a scoring drought for the Lady Tigers over the final moments of the opening frame allowed Tougaloo to claw back into the game, as the Bulldogs scored the final eight points of the quarter to cut Stillman’s lead to 10-8.
Stillman spent the second frame trying to expand its lead, but got no larger than five points, 16-11, when Devin Lockhart made a pair of charity tosses with 6:45 to play in the stanza. Mikayla Alexander put in a layup for Stillman with 1:13 to go in the opening half for a 27-24 halftime score.
Tougaloo took the lead early in the third quarter, and held it for much of the period. The Bulldogs pushed their lead to as many as six points in the frame, but a 10-2 Stillman run that spanned more than four minutes late in the quarter gave Stillman the lead, 40-38, on a made 3-pointer from Sierra Carter with 49 seconds left in the third, but after a pair of Tougaloo free throws in the final seconds, the game headed to the fourth deadlocked at 40.
Desiree Tyner converted a 3-point play with 6:23 to go in the game that put Stillman ahead 47-44, and that lead held for almost exactly three minutes until a Bulldogs’ triple gave Tougaloo the 48-47 lead. That basket came as a part of a 7-0 Tougaloo spurt, as Stillman went cold from the floor. On their final 16 possessions, Stillman was 0-for-8 shooting with six turnovers. They did earn three trips to the foul line, making 3 of 6 foul shots, but the misses proved key, as Tougaloo held on for the 51-50 win.
Farris was the lone Stillman player to reach double figures offensively, as she poured in 16 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the field and she made 6 of 8 free throws as well. Lockhart grabbed a team-leading seven boards, and Jamesha King added a pair of blocked shots. As a team, Stillman struggled from the floor, making only 15 of 46 (32.6%) of their shot attempts, including just 2 of 7 (28.6%) from long distance. The Lady Tigers made 18 of 31 (58.1%) free throws in the game, and they dominated on the glass, out-rebounding Tougaloo 44-38.
Stillman will remain in Holly Springs on Saturady to meet the undefeated Rust College Bearcats (7-0) at 5 p.m.