Texas Southern’s basketball programs both had an up-and-down week last week.
The Texas Southern Lady Tigers modest six-game winning streak came to halt against their rivals Prairie View A&M, 65-48.
The game was tied at halftime, but a 27-10 third quarter in favor of Prairie View A&M was the difference. Prairie View A&M held the Lady Tigers two-star players, Joyce Kennerson and Kaitlyn Palmer, to 14 points combined.
This was the Lady Tigers’ second time losing to Prairie View A&M this season.
On the bright side, Lady Tigers shooting guard Chynna Ewing returned from an ankle injury. She had six points in the game.
The Lady Tigers had their way with Alabama State earlier in the week with a blowout win, 71-39.
Kennerson and Palmer combined for 49 points in the game, which was more than Alabama State’s entire team. The Lady Tigers shot 42 percent from the field and 37 percent from behind the arc.
The Lady Tigers have one game this upcoming week against Jackson State at home. The Lady Tigers escaped with a three-point win on the road earlier this season.
The Lady Tigers are going to need to bring their “A” game if they want to win this one. Fast-break points in the last time these two teams played each other were the difference.
The Tigers were run off the court by their rival Prairie View A&M, 96-82.
The Tigers didn’t do the small things in this game. The Tigers only had 14 points off turnovers compared the Prairie View A&M’s 21 points. The Tigers’ seven second-chance points were doubled by Prairie View A&M with 14.
Those two stat lines are a 14-point difference, which was the margin that the Tigers lost by.
The Tigers’ Donte Clark had another great game with 27 points, while only taking seven shots from the field.
The Tigers had an easy win earlier in the week over Alabama State, 97-82, on the road.
Alabama State didn’t have an answer for Clark, who had 30 points in the game. The difference in the game was the Tigers’ ability to get to the free-throw line.
The Tigers made 36 free throws compared to Alabama State’s 12.
The Tigers had three players in double figures including Clark. Derrick Bruce had 25 points, while Marquis Salmon added 17 points.
The Tigers have just one game this week against Jackson State.
They were unsuccessful against Jackson State on the road, losing in heartbreaking fashion. In that game, the Tigers couldn’t slow down Jackson State’s bench production.
Jackson State is one of the best teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and the Tigers will have their hands full. The key for the Tigers is ball movement against Jackson State.