Saturday, March 6, 2010

Day 5 Recaps

Game #20 (5:30) 32nd Annual SIAC Women's Basketball Championship

Benedict College 72,    Stillman College 66

SIAC Basketball Tournament ChampionsThe 32nd Annual SIAC Women's Basketball Championship featured one team that has never won an SIAC women's title and one team that has captured the crown twice.  The eighth seed Lady Tigers of Stillman College entered the championship game never having won the conference title while the number three seed Lady Tigers of Benedict College won titles in 2007 and 2004.

Stillman advanced to the championship after tournament wins over Paine College, Fort Valley State University, and Tuskegee University.  After a first round bye, Benedict defeated Clark Atlanta University and Kentucky State University to advance to the title game.

The start of the championship game was played pretty even until the 14:37 mark when Benedict took a 10-3 lead.  With 12:08 remaining, that lead had expanded to 18-5.  However, an 8-0 run by the Lady Tigers of Stillman made it a 20-13 Benedict lead with 7:27 left.   At the 5:22 mark, Benedict only led by five points, 22-17.

The five point Benedict margin stood until 1:29 left in the half.  Stillman's Alecia Young hit a three point basket, and back-to-back lay ups as the Lady Tigers cut Benedict's lead to two points, 29-27.  At the intermission, Benedict held a 33-29 lead.

In the first half of play, Benedict was 12 of 31 (38.7%) from the floor while Stillman finished with 12 baskets on 38 attempts (31.6%).  The Lady Tigers of Benedict were nine of 15 (60%) from the free throw line in the first 20 minutes while the Lady Tigers of Stillman made three of six (50%) free throws.

The first two points of the second half were scored by the Lady Tigers of Benedict College.  With a four point buffer, 31-27, Benedict continually built on that lead and got it to as many as eight points (39-31) with 17:06 remaining. However, the Lady Tigers of Stillman responded to that deficit by gradually cutting into the Benedict lead.  At the 14:14 mark, the Benedict lead was cut to three points (41-39).

Brittany Jackson (All-Tournament MVP)Benedict rebuffed the charge by Stillman with a 7-0 run starting at the 13:25 mark and ending with a 47-39 lead with 12:36 remaining.  Not to be outdone, Stillman answered right back with a 9-0 run and cut the Benedict lead to four (49-45) with 8:49 left.

From the 8:28 mark to two minutes left, the Benedict lead was never more than five points. With 1:24 left, Benedict's lead was 64-63 with Tamara Rogers shooting two free throws.  Rogers made them both, giving Benedict a 66-63 lead.  On the other end of the floor Siera Dority was fouled and she made two free throws for Stillman making it a 66-65 game.  With 25 seconds left, Alecia Young faced two big free throws for Stillman to keep the deficit at one point.  She made one of two and Benedict led 68-66.  Afterwards, Benedict's Charvez Holmes was fouled by Stillman.  She connected on both free throws and Benedict led by four (70-66) with 22 seconds remaining.

Forced to foul with little time remaining, Rogers went back to the line for Benedict and converted one free throw to make the score 71-66.  Then Shakira Autry took the final trip to the line for Benedict, making one of two free throws as Benedict now led 72-66.

As time expired, the Lady Tigers of Benedict claimed the 2009-2010 SIAC Women's Basketball Championship, 72-66.  The SIAC Championship win was the third of the decade for the Lady Tigers of Benedict and second under head coach Felecia Jenkins.

Brittany Jackson led the Lady Tigers of Benedict in scoring with 23 points.  She also had 14 rebounds.  Bridget Williams and Charvez Holmes added 10 points each in the championship win.

Benedict College 72,    Stillman College 66

Source: SIAC

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