Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Hendrix Leads SSU with 17 Points as Tigers Defeats Alabama State 54-39

SAVANNAH, Georgia – Senior guard Kenyata Hendrix led the Savannah State University women's basketball team with 17 points as the Lady Tigers (2-1) defeated Alabama State University (0-3) 54-39 in Tiger Arena Tuesday night.

Hendrix shot 5-for-9 from the floor and added three rebounds, two blocks, a steal and a assists, while senior center Tiyonda Davis added 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting with nine rebounds, six blocks, four steals and two assists.

Senior forward Jeremica Edwards added 11 rebounds, eight points and two steals, while Lauren "Gaby" Moss added eight points and three rebounds.

After a Hendrix made jumper to start the game to give SSU a 2-0 lead with 8:53 remaining in the first quarter, Alabama State scored the next four points to take a two-point lead, 4-2, with 7:44 left. Savannah State scored 10 of the next 15 points to capture a three-point lead, 12-9, but after a Hornet layup to cut the lead to a point, 12-11, with 2:13 remaining, a made free throw by Davis with 1:46 to go gave SSU a two-point lead, 13-11, after one quarter.

The Hornets, who won the Southwestern Athletic Conference Championship last season, scored the first four points in the second quarter to take a two-point lead, 15-13, with 7:48 remaining in the quarter, but Savannah State scored five of the next eight points to take a three-point lead, 18-15, with 6:26 left in the first half. Alabama State scored the next three points to tie the game at 18 with 4:50 remaining, but the Lady Tigers scored eight of the final 10 points to take a six-point, 26-20, halftime lead.

Savannah State scored six of the first eight points of the third quarter to take a 12-point lead, 34-22, with 5:51 remaining in the quarter, but Alabama State scored the final five points of the quarter to cut the lead to seven points, 34-27, after three quarters.

After a Hornet made free throw to begin the fourth quarter to cut the SSU's lead to six points, 34-28, the Lady Tigers scored the next 11 points to increase their lead to 17 points, 45-28, with 6:02 left. Alabama State scored 11 of the next 15 points to cut the lead to 10 points, 49-39, with 2:47 remaining in the game, but Savannah State scored the final five points of the game to win by 15 points.

The Hornets were led by Daniele Ewert with 11 points, Tatyana Calhoun with eight points and seven rebounds and Britney Wright with seven points and six rebounds.

The Lady Tigers return to action in a week with a trip to Ames, Iowa
to face Iowa State University Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. ET.



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