PINE BLUFF, ARK -- Southern University women’s basketball erased an 11-point fourth quarter deficit before falling to Arkansas-Pine Bluff 63-59 Saturday night in the H.O. Clemmons Arena.
Sophomore guard Skylar O’Bear scored 21 points and junior forward Briana Green added 20 points and eight rebounds but it wasn’t enough to prevent SU from losing for the fourth time in five games.
Trailing 50-39 after three quarters, O’Bear ignited a personal 5-0 run after hitting a 3-pointer and a jumper to cut UAPB’s lead to six. After Noe’ll Taylor’s layup gave the Lady Golden Lions 52-44 lead, Southern’s tenacious defense held UAPB without a field goal over the final 7:18.
A pair of Cortnei Purnell free throws sparked a 9-1 SU run punctuated by Green’s game tying free throw at 53 with 3:08 left. But the effort SU expended created a cold spell which allowed UAPB to hold the Jaguars scoreless for 2:28 during a 7-0 run.
Green hit a jumper and reserve Courtney Parson stole a UAPB pass and converted a layup but SU committed a costly turnover after Green’s free throw made it a one-point game with eight seconds remaining. Destiny Brewton’s free throws sealed the win for UAPB, who moved into a tie with SU for fourth in the SWAC standings.
Despite forcing 27 UAPB turnovers, SU struggled offensively shooting 38 percent from the field and went to the foul line eight times. UAPB shot 39 total free throws and connected on 28 to shoot 72 percent.
Three players scored in double figures for UAPB, led by Faith Ohanta, who recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Head Coach Sandy Pugh and the Jaguars will make their debut in Mississippi Valley State’s new on campus arena Monday night at 5:30 p.m in Itta Bena, Miss..