GARLAND, Texas — The Arkansas-Pine Bluff women’s basketball team overcame a seven-point deficit at halftime to defeat Alcorn State 50-46 in the first round of the Southwestern Athletic Conference on Tuesday night.
UAPB took its final lead of the game with 1:30 left in the game when Jenise Gentry hit a layup to give the Lady Lions a 46-44 lead. A pair of free throws from Lakendra Marsh gave UAPB a 48-44 lead with 1:03 left to play. After Alcorn State’s Carolinsia Crumbly scored to cut the deficit to 48-46 with 52 seconds left, Gentry hit a jumper with 27 seconds left to give UAPB the 50-46 win.
Gentry led the Lady Lions (12-17) with 14 points on 7 of 10 shooting with four rebounds and an assist. Chi Chi Okwumabua scored 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting and Marsh contributed with 10 points including 4 of 6 from the free throw line.
Crumbly led ASU (2-26) with 10 points on 4 of 10 from the floor and five rebounds.
After shooting 6 of 25 from the floor in the first half, UAPB turned it around in the second making 12 of 22 (54 percent). The Lady Lions were also 3 of 6 from the behind the arch in the second half.
For the game, UAPB was 10 of 19 from the free throw line.
ASU was 19 of 49 from the floor (38 percent) in the game. They made just one three-pointer in the game and were 7 of 14 from the free throw line.
Following a media timeout with 11:37 left to play in the second half, Jazmyne Victorian was able to tie the game for the first time with a jump shot.
Alcorn State quickly took the lead back at 35-33 with 10:58 left but Victorian tied it again with another jumper.
Marsh hit a three-pointer with 7:54 left to give the Lady Lions a 38-37 lead. A lay-up by Okwumabua gave UAPB a 40-37 lead with 7:04 left.
A pair of free throws from ASU’s Tierra Frost cut the deficit to 40-39 with 6:35 left. Crumbly’s three-pointer with 4:51 left tied the game again at 42.
UAPB scored 17 points off turnovers and had 20 points in the paint. ASU out scored UAPB 10-6 with points off the bench. UAPB will play No. 2 seed Southern University today at 3 p.m.