The Southern women’s basketball team held Alabama A&M to six decks in the second quarter, and the Jaguars controlled the second half by beating the Bulldogs 65-58 at FG Clark Activity Center.
The score was tied 15-15 after one quarter before Southern took a 29-21 halftime lead. Southern extended its lead to 38-25 early in the third quarter, and Alabama A&M didn’t come closer than 10 points before three minutes remained in the fourth.
Neither team shot well, but Southern managed 40 rebounds including 17 on the offensive end. The Jaguars also forced 15 turnovers while committing just eight.
Defensively, Southern held firm when A&M tried to run the ball into post players Dariauna Lewis and Jada Clowers.
“You can give up two but not three when you have a big lead like we did,” South coach Carlos Funchess said. “You make them win. On the other side, we need to score basketball better. I think we left eight or 10 points there.
This victory allows Southern (10-11, 8-2) to retain sole possession of second place in the SWAC standings. It was also Southern’s eighth straight win at home after losing to Alabama A&M (5-15, 4-6) at home last February.
Tyneisha Metcal topped Southern with 18 points. Amani McWain added 11 points and eight rebounds, a total that included two huge offensive rebounds in the final minute as Southern ran out of time.
A&M’s Dariauna Lewis, the reigning SWAC Player of the Week who is averaging double-digit points and rebounds, finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.