Tigerettes go big over Clark Atlanta 74-52

Aryana Jackson paced three players in double figures leading the Tuskegee University women’s basketball team to their second consecutive victory in conference play, 74-52 over Clark Atlanta Monday night.

Jackson finished the night with a game-high 23 points and recorded four steals for Tuskegee (5-16, 4-9 SIAC), while Rachel Brownlee added 14 points and three assists. The double-digit game for Brownlee extended her consecutive streak to 18 games, and 20 of 21 games this season.

Demetries McNealey added 12 for the Tigerettes. Cheyanne Williams added nine points and eight rebounds, while Halle Bentley grabbed eight rebounds and Tyler Everett seven off the bench.

Tuskegee shot 32.4 (22-of-68) percent from the floor and 23.8 (5-of-21) percent from beyond the arc. They also shot 78.1 (25-of-32) percent from the free throw line. The Tigerettes won the rebounding battle 51-40 and forced 20 Clark Atlanta turnovers.

The Tigerettes put the game away in the first half when they went on a 14-0 run over a span of four minutes. After the two teams were tied at 12-all, Aryana Jackson hit a three-pointer from the wing to put Tuskegee up 15-12 with 3:09 to play in the first quarter.

The run continued for Tuskegee on a Rachel Brownlee layup with 2:13 to play in the quarter, before the Tigerettes connected on seven free throws down the stretch to close the quarter. Jesslyn Mahone hit a 14-footer on the right side with9:38 to play in the half, before the run ended with a Clark Atlanta three-pointer with 7:04 to play in the half and Tuskegee up 26-15.

The three-pointer by the Panthers ended a streak of 6:22 that they were held without a field goal in the first half. The Tigerettes took a 37-18 lead into the locker room and were able to keep the lead in double figures for the remainder of the game, with Clark Atlanta closing to within 15 late in the third quarter.

Mykala Jones led Clark Atlanta (6-17, 4-9 SIAC) with 16 points, while Gia Banks added 12 for the Panthers who finished the night shooting 33.3 (18-of-54) percent from the floor in the loss.

Tuskegee returns to action Thursday night hosting Fort Valley State in a rematch from a game played on the road and won by Fort Valley State on January 28. The game tips off at 5:30 pm at Chappie James Arena.