HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A pair of ties and five lead changes in the fourth would end with a game-winning three-pointer with seconds remaining as Alabama A&M (0-5, 0-0 SWAC) dropped a heartbreaking 62-61 decision to Georgia State (3-3, 0-0 SBC) in an NCAA Division I women’s basketball game on Monday, November 22.
Senior forward Dariauna Lewis (Omaha, Neb.) delivered an impressive performance with 23 points, 13 rebounds and a 9-of-10 outing at the foul line to lead the Bulldogs while graduate guard Deshawna Harper (Indianapolis, Ind.) nailed four threes to finish with 21 points along with eight caroms.
Graduate forward Kierra Johnson-Graham (Atlanta, Ga.) posted a solid all-around game with six points, four boards and four assists in 22 minutes and graduate guard Nigeria Jones (Lincoln, Neb.) chipped in with a game-high six assists and freshman guard Jill Harris (Navarre, Fla.) contributed four points and five rebounds.
Down 5-2 in the opening minutes, A&M would put together a 14-4 run fueled by five different scorers and five points by Lewis to flip the script and pull ahead 16-9 by the 2:13 mark. GSU would then respond with an 8-0 run that spanned the quarter break, five of those from Kamryn Dziak, to pull back ahead 17-16 with just 31 seconds gone by in the second.
Over the next 2:14 the teams would exchange the lead three times and deadlock once before the Panthers used a 7-2 stretch to extend to a 26-23 advantage by the 5:11 mark. Six straight points would then put Alabama A&M back ahead by three before a triple by Mikyla Tolivert knotted it up at 29-29. The teams would then trade buckets before heading to the break knotted up at 31-31.
Coming out of the half it would be all Bulldogs over the first 3:44 as Lewis scored four points in a 6-0 burst to retake the lead, but not for long as an 8-2 run brought Georgia State even at 39-39. From there, A&M would score seven of the next 10 points for a 48-42 lead with 1:37 left before a bucket by Tolivert to end the frame sparked a 7-0 stretch that put the Panthers up 49-48 by the 8:20 mark of the fourth.
The teams would then battle through two ties and four lead changes, the last of those being a layup by Lewis that gave Alabama A&M a 61-59 advantage with 1:28 showing on the clock. Over the next minute-plus neither team would capitalize until the Panthers struck with 20 seconds left. That would come in the form of a three-pointer from the wing by Ashley Foster that put GSU 62-61 and a pair of stops at the other end would then seal that one-point victory seconds later.
Foster just missed a double-double with eight points, seven boards and a pair of assists for Georgia State while Taylor Henderson posted a team-high 15 points along with three assists. They were joined by Elexus Bell with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting and Tolivert and Dziak with eight apiece.
The Bulldogs return to being road warriors as they will now play eight straight games away from home before returning to Elmore Gymnasium in the first of January. That stretch will begin with a trip to Murray, Kentucky to face Murray State on Saturday, November 27. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.
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