HOUSTON – The Texas Southern Lady Tigers won their twelfth straight game capturing a 63-59 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff at H&PE Arena. It was a total team effort as Kayla West and Te’era Williams combined to form the one-two scoring punch TSU needed to grind out the win.
West hit 7-of-8 attempts from the free throw line and dished out two assists. Williams scored some much needed buckets over the course of the contest as she went 3-of-6 overall while pulling down three rebounds and distributing six assists leading her team.
Texas Southern got 12 points off the bench as they collectively shot 38 percent from the floor as a team. Arkansas-Pine Bluff shot 37 percent but struggled to get quality looks down the stretch due to Texas Southern’s stifling defense.
“It’s all about playing a full 40 minutes each game,” said TSU head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. “The game of basketball requires you to go all out every second that the game is in play. Our players fought through some adversity tonight but overall I’m really proud of how we competed out there the entire game.”
Arkansas-Pine Bluff managed to take a brief lead midway through the second half but the Lady Tigers were relentless as they battled back to take a 59-58 advantage at the 1:44 mark of the half. Texas Southern wouldn’t trail again from that point as they held on for the victory at home.
Inside the Numbers
Texas Southern tallied a total of six points in transition. The Lady Tigers won the battle inside the paint outscoring UAPB 22-20. TSU got 10 second chance points while UAPB got the edge on the glass 42-32.
Texas Southern will conclude their two-game home stand with a meeting with Mississippi Valley State on Monday, February 18 at H&PE Arena. Tip-off is set for 5:30 pm. The game has been tabbed “Think Pink Night” as the women’s basketball program will look to raise awareness to those affected by Breast Cancer. Mississippi Valley State enters their meeting with the Lady Tigers after winning a 58-53 decision at Prairie View A&M.
Lady Tiger Notables
Texas Southern sits in sole possession of first place in the SWAC with an 12-1 overall conference mark.
The Lady Tigers have won a school record 12 straight contest dating back to January 4th.
*The Lady Tigers broke the school record for wins in a season (15) with their win against UAPB.
Texas Southern Head Coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke needs only five more victories to reach 150 wins for her collegiate career.
*Since becoming a member of the NCAA