The Alabama State women picked up a crucial win on Monday night with a 60-53 victory over Alcorn State on the road.
The win helped the Lady Hornets (8-16) even their Southwestern Athletic Conference record at 7-7, putting them in a three-way tie for fifth place at 7-7. Two of their next three games are against the other two 7-7 teams, beginning with Saturday’s game at home against Prairie View A&M.
The Lady Hornets follow up on Saturday’s game with a Monday home game against Texas Southern, who is running away with the regular-season title at 13-1 after winning its 13th consecutive game on Monday.
“We will enjoy this win, but we’ll have to get back to business on Wednesday and get ready for Prairie View,” ASU coach Freda Freeman-Jackson said. “We are talking about two teams that are coming to our gym who have beaten us out in Texas, so we have to make sure we beat them at home.”
The bottom four teams in the standings (seven through 10) have to play on the first day of the conference tournament in Garland, Texas, with the winners facing the top two teams on the second day, so the Lady Hornets need a strong finish in their final four regular-season games.
In a low-scoring, foul-prone game, Alabama State stayed in the contest despite foul trouble and poor shooting, hitting just 18 percent from the field. The Lady Hornets picked up the shooting in the second half and built a nine-point lead early in the second half before holding on for the win.
“It was a good win for us,” Freeman-Jackson said. “Every time we come to Alcorn, it’s always a difficult game for us, because they are a scrappy type of team and I knew they were going to cause us some problems.”
Kierra Paige led ASU with 17 points, followed by Quentori Alford with 14 points and nine rebounds.