Although Quentori Alford
hit her sixth career double-double and the second on the young season scoring 11 points and pulling down 10 rebounds it wasn't enough to overcome the 60-48 loss to the Tigers of Savannah State Tuesday night at Tiger Arena, in Savannah, Ga.
Alabama State (1-7) once again struggled shooting only 25 percent from the field and a season low 16 percent from the three-point arch. The brightest spot for the Lady Hornets was at the free throw line hitting a total of 68 percent. They hit 17-of-25 from the free strip line.
"We are not doing well right now," said head coach Freda Freeman-Jackson
. "Tonight we just couldn't hit a basketball we shot the ball really poor tonight and this is usually a strong point for us. I am seeing to many droughts during the course of the game and this has got to stop. We have got to play two halves of a basketball game and we just aren't doing that. We were up by one at one point and we stop playing possession basketball and let Savannah State run on us. There were too many times that we could have stayed in this game, but we can't come down the court and miss vital shots that could have kept us in the game."
The first seven minutes of the game Savannah State (5-6) took an eight point advantage over the Lady Hornets. Alabama State started chipping away at the Tigers points going on a 7-0 run with under eight minutes left on the clock the closet Alabama State would get was within one point with 2:27 left in the first half. The two teams battled back and forth before going into the half with the Tigers leading by one (27-26).
"Every time that we get back into the game," Freeman-Jackson stated. "We stop playing, we play hard in the first half getting some good defensive stops, but we have to remember that there are two halves to this game. We missed too many easy baskets and we let Savannah State get to far ahead before we went on a small run of our own. But we can't go four and five minutes without scoring a basket."
The second half looked similar to all of our other second halves this season. Alabama State will come into the second half running the ball and keeping their opponents close. The Lady Hornets were able to take a 41-40 lead their first of the game at the 10:48 mark. With the seventh tie of the game Savannah State took a final lead with under two minutes left in the half before closing out the game 60-48.
"Our biggest problem is that we can't close out and finish the game," said Freeman-Jackson. "There have been too many times that we are able to take the lead or stay in the game and we just stop playing. We are going to have to go back and work some things out, but I feel like we are going to get there and get there soon we will do."
Sophomore Ashley Jones
scored 11 points and pulled down eight rebounds for the Lady Hornets. While Nakiya Smith
added eight points and three rebounds in the loss.
Savannah State's Ezinne Kalu led all scorers with 22 points. She was joined by teammate Erin Hogue with 12 points and 12 rebounds picking up a double-double of her own.
Alabama State will return to the Dunn-Oliver Acadome to face the University of Mobile, on Saturday, December 22. The game time is set for 1 p.m.