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Lady Hornets finish season on a sour note

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Dana Hollenquest
Alabama State University Lady Hornet guard DaKiyah Sanders passes the ball out of the backcourt in a game against the Grambling State University Tigers.

On Senior Day at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome on March 9, the Alabama State University Lady Hornets fell to the Grambling State University Tigers 52-47 after a fiercely contested game. This marked the 10th consecutive loss the Lady Hornets suffered.
Two players for the Lady Hornets scored in double digits, with forward Cordasia Harris leading the way with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Guard DaKiyah Sanders contributed five points and three steals, while forward Justina Graham scored 10 points and eight rebounds.
Lady Tigers forward Anijah Grant put up 12 points and seven rebounds in the victory. Guard DeMya Young helped out with 13 points, two steals and three rebounds.
The Lady Tigers jumped out 10-6 before the Lady Hornets went on an offensive tear, using a 14-0 run.
Lady Hornets guard April Hooks assisted on a 2-pointer from Graham. Harris blocked Lady Tigers point guard Jordyn Carter’s shot in the paint.
Harris scored a fast-break bucket off of the block. The Lady Hornets would immediately get possession of the ball as guard Kristian Jackson stole the ball and set up Harris for an easy layup.
The Lady Hornets ended the quarter on top 20-10 and took that momentum into the second quarter.
Jackson would once again record a steal, with Lady Hornets center Anaja Hall picking up two points off the turnover.
Carter would have her layup blocked, this time by Hall. A 3-pointer from Lady Tigers power forward Tiana Gardner cut into the Lady Hornets lead 25-21.
The Lady Hornets were up 27-21 at halftime following Hall’s last-second score at the buzzer.
Things would change for the Lady Tigers following halftime. They used a 6-0 run capped off by a put-back bucket from Grant to tie things up 29-29.
The game was tied at 29-29 with under five minutes remaining in the third quarter. Carter stole the ball from the Lady Hornets and drove to the paint for the easy layup.
A 3-pointer in the corner from Young kicked off a 7-0 run as the Lady Tigers finished the quarter on top 43-33.
The Lady Tigers began to run away with the score as the Lady Hornets went four minutes without scoring.
Jackson found Lady Hornets guard Solangelei Akridge open for a 3-pointer. Grant responded with a score of her own.
Akridge attempted a 3-pointer, but it was no good as Graham came down with the rebound. She tossed it back to Akridge, whose shot hit the rim once again.
Akridge managed to poke the ball free from Grant, but the cold spell would continue as Jackson’s shot did not go in.
The Lady Tigers took a timeout while up 49-47 after Hooks connected on a 3-pointer.
Young was fouled by Harris with 24 seconds remaining. She would make only one of her free throws.
Sanders would turn the ball over, which forced the Lady Hornets to foul to preserve time.
Lady Tigers guard Kahia Warmsley converted both free throws in the final seconds of the game.
The Lady Hornets finished the season 3-26 after making it to the SWAC (Southwestern Athletic Conference) semi-finals last season, where they lost to the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff Lions 71-66.

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