Sunday, January 10, 2016

KSU Thorobrettes claim 77-73 win over Clark Atlanta

FRANKFORT, Kentucky -- Kentucky State took control of a back-and-forth game in the fourth quarter and held on for a 77-73 win over Clark Atlanta in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's basketball action Saturday at the Exum Center.

Shaia Horton had 21 points and connected on four 3-pointers to lead the Thorobrettes in scoring, while Logan Powell picked up a double double with 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Alexis Stallard chipped in 11 points for Kentucky State, while Clark Atlanta's Mykala Jones led all players with 23 points.

The Thorobrettes were able to overcome a slow start in which they went six minutes without a field goal early on and fell behind 15-9 at the first quarter break. They trailed by as many as nine points in the second quarter, but they closed the half on a 14-5 run over the last 3:25, eventually taking a 32-31 lead to halftime after a 3-pointer by Horton.

After the game went back and forth early in the third quarter, the Thorobrettes took the lead back for good on another 3-pointer by Horton at the 7:32 mark. Still, the victory didn't come easily for Kentucky State. Clark Atlanta pulled within one at 67-66 with 4:20 left, but Powell, Jamesha Mosley, and Brooklyn Sharpey scored on three straight possessions to push the Thorobrettes' lead out to 73-66 with less than a minute to play.

Kentucky State shot 44 percent (28-of-64) from the field and 41 percent (7-of-17) from 3-point range to Clark's 36 percent (25-of-69) overall and 22 percent (2-of-9) from outside. The Thorobrettes also held a 45-35 rebounding advantage.

Kentucky State improves to 9-3 overall and 4-2 in SIAC play with the win, while Clark Atlanta falls to 5-10 overall and 3-2 in the conference. The Thorobrettes return to the court when they travel to Stillman on Thursday.



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