Lady Lions hold off late charge

LORMAN, Miss. — Arkansas-Pine Bluff held off a late charge by Alcorn State and won 50-41 in a Southwestern Athletic Conference women’s basketball game Monday night.

WIth 25 seconds left, Alcorn State (1-14, 1-5 SWAC) had cut the deficit to just 44-41 after a pair of free throws by Tierra Frost. UAPB (6-9, 2-3) then called a timeout.

Chi Chi Okwumabua later made back-to-back free throws to increase the Lady Lions’ lead to 46-41. Christina Lasane made a pair of free throws as well and UAPB led 48-41 with 16 seconds left.

A turnover by Alcorn State’s Cortini Cooper and a missed three-pointer Anastasia Tuset sealed the win for the Lady Lions.

Lasane led the way for the Lady Lions with 13 points, shooting 50 percent from the field and connecting on 5 of 8 free throws. Cassidy Wright and Okwumabua both contributed with 12 points, while Marion Thompson grabbed 11 rebounds.

Frost, of Alcorn State, led all scorers with 20 pointss, and Carolinsia Crumbly had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

It was a low scoring affair between the teams as UAPB led 26-20 by halftime. A couple of layups by Wright and Thompson with less than a minute left, gave UAPB the six-point lead.

The Lady Lions will return home on Saturday to face Texas Southern at H.O. Clemmons Arena beginning at 5 p.m.

Texas Southern (6-9, 3-1 SWAC) rode a three-game winning streak into Monday’s game against Grambling State, with its most recent win coming over Jackson State. Gianne Fleming and Kayla West average 10 points a game to Texas Southern. Teera Williams averages about nine points.