Southern cruises to a 71-52 victory over Arkansas Pine Bluff
PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- Senior forward Briana Green recorded her third double-double of the season and the Southern University Jaguars cruised to a 19-point victory on the road over the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in a 71-52 win in the H. O. Clemmons Arena.
Green led all scorers with 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Samantha Duncan chipped in 15 points in a team-high 29 minutes of play. Both players combined to finish a perfect 5 of 5 at the charity stripe.
"I thought it was a total team effort," said head coach Sandy Pugh. "[Skylar O'Bear] was in early foul trouble. Briana made some baskets but it was a total team effort.
"I think Courtney Parsons was solid at the point guard position."
After Tiffany Murdock's layup gave UAPB an early 9-8 lead, Green's jumper sparked a 12-1 Jaguar run over the final 2:31 in the first quarter.
The Jaguars continue their defensive intensity, reeking havoc on UAPB's offense, forcing turnovers and capitalizing on them. SU picked up 18 of its 27 points off eleven UAPB turnovers in the first half, giving them a 22-point halftime lead.
"We were able to control the tempo and maintain our full-court pressure," Pugh said. "The ladies off the bench (Lyric and Jaden) turned in another solid effort."
The Lady Jags bench has been huge all season and tonight was no different. Led by freshman Alyric Scott and sophomore Jaden Towner with eight points each, the Jaguar reserves, who average over 20 bench points during conference play, combined to register 26 points.
Faith Ohanta led UAPB with 13 points in 28 minutes off the bench. Destiny Brewton and Trasity Totten scored eight points each for UAPB.
Southern improves to 5-9 overall, 4-1 in SWAC play while Arkansas-Pine Bluff 3-11 overall, 1-3 in the SWAC.
The Jaguars returns to the hardwood with hopes of extending their winning streak to four straight when they face Mississippi Valley State on MLK Day Monday night at the R. W. Harrison Complex in Itta Bena, Miss.
The game is set for 5:30 p.m.
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