Senior Danayea Charles’ 11 points helped Southern University Women’s Basketball overcome a slow start in a 51-39 win against Alcorn State on Senior Day Saturday afternoon in the F.G. Clark Activity Center.
Charles, who arrived at Southern after prep career at Helen Cox in New Orleans, scored 11 points - 10 in the third quarter - on 4 of 7 shooting, grabbed four defensive rebounds and dished out three assists.
Freshman Taneara Moore chipped in 10 points and grabbed four rebounds with two blocks as Southern extended their current win streak to five.
But early on the emotions of Senior Day may have factored in the Jaguars slow start against a pesky Alcorn State team.
The Braves opened the game with an 8-2 run, led 10-6 after the first quarter and held a 20-19 lead at halftime before Southern, led by Charles, got going.
Moore scored the opening basket on the third quarter on a feed from Charles to give SU a 21-20 lead. Charles then reeled off the Jaguars next five points, going 1 of 2 at the line and finishing with back-to-back driving layups.
With the game tied at 30-30, Charles closed the door on the Braves, scoring on a mid range jumper, stealing the ball from Charisma Walker that led to another Moore layup and cementing a dominate third quarter with an old-fashioned three-point play to give SU a 38-30 lead.
Southern limited Alcorn State to only nine points in the final quarter and held the Braves to a woeful 31 percent shooting in the second half.
With two games left, Southern is eyeing the program’s second straight Southwestern Athletic Conference regular season title. Southern can clinch a share of three SWAC crown with a Prairie View A&M loss in their final three games or win the title outright by defeating the Panthers in Thursday, March 7 in Prairie View, Texas.
Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m.