The Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lady Lions will host current SWAC leader Alabama State at 4 p.m. today.
Alabama State (4-9, 2-0 SWAC) defeated Grambling State 68-60 Friday night in Montgomery as Quentori Alford led the Lady Hornets with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
UAPB is looking to rebound after dropping a 71-64 decision to Mississippi Valley State in the conference opener at H.O. Clemmons Arena on Wednesday. UAPB (4-7, 0-1 SWAC) had one of its worst shooting performances of the season, making just 20 of 64 from the floor and 4 of 22 from the three-point line.
Head coach Nate Kilbert said afterward that both teams looked a little sluggish.
“I thought our kids did a good job of executing and getting the ball where we wanted to get it,” Kilbert said. “We just didn’t finish plays.”
Senior Lakendra Marsh was just 2 for 10 from the floor and 0 for 4 from the three-point range.
Kilbert said that when Marsh has an off-night like she did on Wednesday, it really limits what the Lady Lions can do offensively.
However, despite their poor shooting, UAPB still had four players finish in double digits. Chi Chi Okwumabua led the Lady Lions with 14 points and freshman Cassidy Wright contributed with 12. Marsh and Asia Rhines-Malone chipped in with 10 each.
Wright has been a consistent scoring leader for the Lady Lions, averaging 11 points per game. She turned the ball over eight times in the loss.
“She will get past that,” Kilbert said. “She just needs to play more conference games, that’s all.
“She knew this game meant something. I’m not worried about Cassidy.”
UAPB had 25 turnovers against MVSU.
One of the major positives for UAPB in its loss earlier this week was the free throw shooting. The Lady Lions finished the night 20 of 22 from the charity stripe.
So far this year, Alabama State has yet to win a game on the road after going 4-8 in such games last season.
Alford and Nakiya Smith both average 10 points a game. Kierra Page averages eight points and two assists per game.