Duncan and Towner help Southern rally past Alcorn 64-56
Senior guard Samantha Duncan led all scorers as the Southern University Jaguars punctuated the first half of SWAC play with a 64-56 victory over Alcorn State in the F. G. Clark Activity Center Saturday.
The 8-point win extends the Jaguars current win streak to seven games and cements Southern in first place of the conference standings at 8-1.
Duncan finished the night with 14 points and pulled down five rebounds. Jaden Towner added 12 points off the bench while Bri Green chipped in 10 points and dished out five assists. All three players combined for a perfect 8 of 8 from the charity stripe.
Southern's "Forty Minutes of Mayhem" defense forced Alcorn to commit 26 turnovers and Southern picked up 23 points off the Lady Braves miscues. The Jaguars pressure defense have been huge all season forcing opponents to commit over 20 turnovers a game.
The Jaguars bench came through once again, led by Towner and Tiamaya Butler.
With 6:23 remaining in the third quarter, SU held a slim 32-31 lead when Green found a wide open Briana Thompson for a layup to start an 11-4 run over the next four minutes to put the game out of reach for the Lady Braves. The Jags outscored the Lady Braves 20-10 in the third quarter.
Alexus Freeman and Tia Sanders led the Lady Braves with 11 points each. Miracle Rushing finished the night with a game high 14 boards in 35 minutes of play.
Southern improves to 9-9 overall, 8-1 in SWAC play while Alcorn fell to 9-11 overall, 5-4 in the SWAC.
The Jaguars returns to the hardwood with hopes of extending their winning streak to eight straight when they face Grambling State University on Saturday afternoon at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center in Grambling, La.
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