Lady Hornets shoot past Mobile 84-45 in home opener

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (bamastatesports.com) – The Alabama State women’s basketball team took control from the onset and lead wire-to-wire with a sound 84-45 victory against Mobile in their season home opener on Friday night at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.

The Lady Hornets (1-4) were all business as the team ran out to a 33-12 advantage at the end of the first quarter and stayed in command with lights out shooting and a harassing defense.

Alabama State shot a season-high 61.5 percent from the floor, made 29-of-38 from the free throw line and caused 23 Rams turnovers.

“I thought that was a great win,” said ASU head coach Freda Freeman-Jackson.

“It’s been a brutal start on the road for us so it was refreshing to be on our home court and get a win. My girls were extremely tired, but they still did a great job of jumping out to a great start.  Our defense was a big key. Kaihla Carter and Shamyiah Smith both also did a really job of pushing the floor and getting some early offense and easy baskets.   They [Mobile] have a pretty good team…They have two players who average 23 and 25 points per game so I thought we did a really good job of holding them in check.”

Britney Wright shot 7-of-11 from the field and was perfect from both 3-point range (3-of-3) and from the charity stripe (4-of-4) to score a team-high 21 points.  She also snared eight rebounds and dished out four assists.

The Lady Hornets received a big pick up from their guard play as Kaihla Carter shot 6-of-6 from the field including two from downtown to score 18 points and added four assists and two steals.

Damya Toney also provided a scoring boost off the bench with 14 points including a perfect 6-of-6 from the line.

Next, Alabama State will receive a 10-day break from games before traveling to Birmingham to take on Samford on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m.

“We’ll have a day of rest tomorrow and then on Sunday, we’ll get back after it,” said Freeman-Jackson.

“Then, we’ll have our normal preparation for Samford.  They are playing some great ball. They played closed against Georgia Tech and always play great basketball.  They’re hard to defend because they play an international style and can make a lot of 3-pointers.”