Lady Lions pull away


Lakendra Marsh’s last home game as an Arkansas-Pine Bluff basketball player is one she’ll remember.

Marsh scored a game-high 22 points and hit six of UAPB’s last eight free throws to secure a 70-64 victory over Jackson State on Monday night. Marsh, a senior guard from Smackover, hit 11 of 14 free throws in the game. Six of those free throws came in the final 1:31. After she hit two to tie the game at 64, the Lady Lions (10-17, 6-11 SWAC) got the ball back off a turnover and Marsh was sent to the line again, where she hit two more to give UAPB a two-point lead. The Lady Tigers committed another miscue with 23 seconds left, and Marsh and Jenise Gentry knocked down the last four free throws from there to put the game away.

Marsh got 11 of her points hitting only 4 of 14 from the field, but she hit 3 of 4 three-point attempts. As a team, UAPB struggled from the field, hitting 19 of 54 for 35.2 percent including 3 of 5 from the arc, but made 29 of 41 free throws for 70.7 percent.

Jackson State went 24 for 55 from the field for 43.6 percent, including 3 of 9 threes, but made just 13 of 21 free throws for 61.9 percent.

UAPB had the largest lead at 24-17 with 6:43 left in the first half. Jackson State took its first lead at 32-29 with 1:12 left before halftime and was ahead 34-31 at the break.

The Lady Tigers led by as much as 54-48 with 8:25 left in the game, but the contest was tied five more times before the Lady Lions went ahead for good.

Christina Lasane scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds, and Chi Chi Okwumabua, Jenise Gentry and Carlisha Walker each added seven for the Lady Lions. Demara Howard led Jackson State with 14 points. She was followed by Beatrice Banks and Tiffany Kellum with 13 points apiece and Ayanna Hardy-Fuller with 11.

It was senior night for Asia Rhines-Malone, Miracle Pitts, Marrsh, Gentry and Okwumabua.