With Britney Washington in foul trouble and Cortnei Purnell struggling with her shot, it was up to Briana Green to lead the Southern women’s basketball team’s offense.
She did just that, scoring a game-high 20 points and making 9-of-14 field goals in 36 minutes.
Washington managed 15 points in 24 minutes and Purnell was scoreless after missing all nine of her shots but was a primary factor in Norianna Haynes, the leading scorer in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (21.4 ponts per game), scoring just eight points on 3-of-18 shooting for the Lady Braves.
It all added up to a 66-57 Jaguars victory Saturday afternoon in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Southern (7-2 in the SWAC and 10-8 overall) visits Grambling on Saturday.
Alcorn is 2-7 and 4-15.
“I’m glad I was able to step up and put some points on the board,” Green said. “But I knew when Britney came in she would bring energy and and she would deliver.”
Washington didn’t start the second half after committing her third foul with 3:36 left in the first half.
The Jaguars had a 10-point halftime lead, but the Lady Braves chipped away in the third quarter.
Washington retuned to the game with 7:13 left in the third, but went to the bench again after committing her fourth foul with 1:49 left.
Brianna Tolliver, who scored all 14 of her points in the second half, had six as Alcorn pulled within four points after three quarters.
Shortly after Washington returned in the fourth, Ashtin McNichols made a jumper that got the Lady Braves even at 50 with seven minutes left.
Moments later Washington untied the score with a jumper and she followed with a steal, layup and three-point play for a five-point lead.
“I can’t stand sitting there, especially when my team needs me,” Washington said. “I’m glad I was able to help a little, but Briana was phenomenal.”
After Tolliver made a baseline jumper, Skylar O’Bear answered with a jumper and Washington beat the shot-clock buzzer with a jumper that gave Southern a 59-52 lead with three minutes left.
Moments later Alcorn’s Henrietta Wells and Southern’s Jadea Brundidge were both called for flagrant fouls and ejected for an altercation in which Wells appeared to throw a punch.
The ejections bring an automatic one-game suspension for both players.
Southern coach Sandy Pugh said the Jaguars would appeal Brundidge’s suspension because she didn’t think she deserved an ejection, though she was unhappy with Brundidge’s involvement.
“There’s no place for that in basketball and that goes both ways,” Pugh said. “We’re here to play basketball and personal feelings should not be involved.”
When play resumed Green beat the shot-clock buzzer with a 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 10.
McNichols, who finished with 14 points, made a 3-pointer and Tolliver made a layup cut the lead in half, but Southern’s Ashley Williams made a steal and layup with 1:11 left and scored on another drive to finish with 10 points.
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