Lady Lions cold in defeat


Arkansas-Pine Bluff lost out on an opportunity to knock off the SWAC’s best team in women’s basketball.

Five Alabama A&M players scored in double figures Tuesday night in a 73-62 victory over UAPB at H.O. Clemmons Arena. With the win, the Lady Bulldogs (5-9, 4-0 SWAC) remain the only undefeated team in conference play. UAPB (5-8, 1-2), which had won three of its last four before Tuesday, hit only 27.1 percent (19 of 70) from the field and trailed by as much as 68-44. UAPB guard Lakendra Marsh had a game-high 20 points along with four assists, Chi Chi Okwumabua added 16 points and seven rebounds, and Cassidy Wright scored 10 points.

Alabama A&M had better success shooting from the field, hitting 27 of 56 shots for 48.2 percent. Brittney Strickland led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points, followed by Alyssa Strickland with 12, Ebony Johnson with 11 and Jasmine Sanders and NaDra Robertson with 10 each.

Recent Dumas graduate Shabr’an Richardson scored three points in 5 minutes for the Lady Bulldogs.

The Lady Lions never led and fell behind 43-24 with 1:53 left before halftime, but they closed the half with a 6-0 run. UAPB’s reserves did not score a single point in the half, while the Lady Bulldogs’ bench accounted for 22.

Robertson, a Conway product, converted a layup with 3:54 remaining to give the Lady Bulldogs their largest lead. But in the last two minutes, they turned the ball over six times, and the Lady Lions steadily cut into the lead for the final margin.