LORMAN, Miss.— Aja Gibson scored six of her team-high 17 points in the final two minutes, as Southeastern Louisiana’s women’s basketball team rallied past Alcorn State 59-54 Friday at the Whitney HPER Complex.
SLU (7-3) trailed by as many as 15 points in the opening half, before holding Alcorn State (0-8) to 15.6 percent shooting (5 of 32) from the floor in the second half. The win was the Lady Lions’ fourth in their past five games.
Gibson was joined in double figures by guard Elizabeth Styles, who finished with 11 points. Forward Brandi Simmons narrowly missed her seventh double-double of the year, finishing with nine points and nine rebounds.
Styles also paced the Lady Lions with four assists. Simmons and guard Jameika Hoskins led the way defensively with two steals apiece for Southeastern.
ASU guard Tierra Frost led all scorers with 19 points and was joined in double figures by teammates Carolinsia Crumbly and Renelle Richmond with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Southeastern will take a break to celebrate Christmas before facing defending national champion Baylor on Dec. 29 at 7 p.m.
TULANE TO HOST NORTH TEXAS: In New Orleans, the Green Wave returns to action Saturday when it hosts North Texas in Devlin Fieldhouse. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Tulane (7-2) will try to bounce back from a 65-64 overtime loss to Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday.
The Green Wave, which is averages 67.7 points per game, is led offensively by former University High School standout Whitney Bibbins. The sophomore forward leads the Wave with 12.8 points per game.
North Texas (2-7) will look to snap a two-game skid after losing 71-68 to nationally ranked Oklahoma on Dec. 6 and Texas-Arlington 59-50 on Dec. 18.
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 65, NICHOLLS STATE 53: In Logan, Utah, the Salukis extended a seven-point halftime lead with an 18-8 run early in the second half to down the Colonels.
Nicholls (1-7) cut the lead to eight points with less than three minutes left in the game, but couldn’t get any closer.
The Salukis (7-3) outrebounded the Colonels 42-29, and scored 42 points in the paint along with 20 second-chance point tries.
Fred Hunter led the Colonels with 14 points on five of 11 shooting, followed by Dantrell Thomas who scored in 13 points, nine in the second half.
, and made five of six free throws.