Tigerettes defeat Stillman 51-46

The Tuskegee University women’s basketball team led wire to wire, defeating Stillman College 51-46 in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play at Birthright Alumni Hall Saturday afternoon.

Rachel Brownlee continued her streak of consecutive games in double figures for Tuskegee (4-16, 3-9 SIAC), extending her streak to 17 consecutive games. She finished the game with 17 points on 4-of-13 shooting from the floor, and 9-of-10 from the free throw line. Aryana Jackson finished with 13 points, while Uche Ibebunjo finished with nine points and 10 rebounds and Jesslyn Mahone grabbed eight rebounds.

Stillman (7-12, 4-8 SIAC) was led by Victoria Douglas with a game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Joclyn Ramos collected a game-high 16 rebounds.

Tuskegee led by  as many as seven points on two different occasions in the first quarter,  with the last coming at 13-6 with just over two minutes remaining in the opening stanza. The Tigerettes used a combined 11 points from Brownlee (six) and Jackson (five) in the opening quarter to open the lead.

Stillman scored four consecutive points in the final seconds of the quarter to close to within a pair, before Brownlee was fouled as the clock went off to end the quarter. She calmly stepped to the line and knocked down a pair to push the lead to 14-10 to end the quarter.

The Lady Tigers were able to get as close as a single point when they knocked down a free throw with 2:15 to play in the half. After a turnover on each team, Stillman had a chance to take the lead but missed a lay-up with 1:13 to play in the half. Tuskegee came right down and Brownlee knocked down a jumper as the shot clock expired to give Tuskegee a 24-21 lead with just 38 seconds to play in the half. On the very next possession, Jackson took the ball in for a lay-up (missing the free throw) and gave the Tigerettes a 26-21 lead at the half.

Stillman was able to come out in the third and quickly trimmed the lead to a pair, 26-24, before Brownlee hit back-to-back shots to extend the lead to 30-24. Those two shots started a 9-0 run, culminating with four consecutive free throws for the Tigerettes and gave them their biggest lead of the game at 35-24 with four minutes to play in the third quarter.

The Tigerettes were able to keep lead throughout the fourth quarter, as Stillman got as close as six at 41-35 with 7:32 to play in the game. After a missed Stillman free throw, the Tigerettes got baskets from Jackson and Ibebunjo to extend the lead to 12 (48-36); the biggest of the day for Tuskegee.

Tuskegee returns to action Monday night at home, facing Clark Atlanta University at Chappie James Arena with tip set for 5:30 pm.