Sunday, January 24, 2016

Texas Southern Lady Tigers continue to roll with SWAC win

HOUSTON, Texas -- The Texas Southern University's Women's Basketball team is officially on a roll as they defeated Mississippi Valley State 76-38.

The win was TSU's ninth straight and padded their undefeated conference record as they moved to 6-0 against SWAC competition.

Head coach Johnetta Hayes-Perry was unaware that the team had reached nine consecutive games and credited her seniors for the hot streak.

She said, "I think my seniors are doing an awesome job of keeping the team united and understand the importance of taking it one day at a time, one practice at a time, and one game at a time."

The Lady Tigers came out of the gates firing against MVSU. TSU combined hot shooting with stifling defense as they rushed to a 23-7 first quarter lead en route to a 34-22 halftime advantage.

In the second half, the Lady Tigers ran away with the game and turned the contest into a route. For the game, TSU shot 45 percent from the field, including 36 percent from three-point land and knocked down 85 percent of their free-throws.

The Lady Tigers leaned heavily on their veteran leadership to guide them to a victory. Senior guard, Brianna Sidney, led the way for the Tigers as she scored 19 points, on 6 of 10 shooting, including 2 of 4 from the three-point line and 5 of 5 from the charity stripe.

After the game, Sidney deferred the praise and said "My teammates opened up shots for me all game."

One of the reasons Sidney got open looks all night was because senior center Keiana Vines drew so much attention in the paint. Vines was a force down low all game as she contributed 18 points and 4 boards.

She was also instrumental in the team's dominance on the defensive side of the ball as the Lady Tigers held MVSU to a meager 29 percent shooting from the field.

The Lady Tigers look to extend their winning streak to ten games as they welcome the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lady Lions to Houston on Monday night at 5:30 pm at the HPE Arena.



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