BENA -- The Devilettes of Mississippi Valley State marched past rival
Jackson State 66-56 on Saturday at the Harrison HYPER Complex in front
of a packed house. The win gives the Devilettes (9-10, 6-2 SWAC) a
chance at snatching the top spot in the SWAC rankings and bragging
rights until the next matchup on Feb. 27.
MVSU controlled nearly
every aspect of the game, forcing the Lady Tigers (7-10, 4-4 SWAC) to
commit 28 turnovers. The Devilettes also got off 25 more shots than JSU.
The day belonged to Lenise Stallings, who led Valley with 22 points
on eight of 14 shots. She hit six of nine attempted three-pointers and
had two steals. Brittney Lakes did her part as well, scoring 17 points
and five rebounds. She hit seven of 13 shots.
JSU started the game
on a 14-4 run, but the Devilettes climbed back into the game on a
Khristina Clemons layup and a three-pointer by Davina Jefferson that
made it 14-10 with 14:11 left in the first half.
Valley took the lead at the 5:41 mark when Stallings knocked down a three-pointer. MVSU led 31-26 at halftime.
Lady Tigers fought back, however, tying the game at 47 on a jumper by
Takeya Felder. A jump shot by Ka'Neisha Smith and another trey by
Stallilngs put the Devilettes back in the driver's seat.
McCarty was the lone JSU player in double-figures with 10 points while
Daria Hester and Dominique Brothern chipped in eight each.
MVSU hit 27 of 71 shots (38 percent), including seven of 24 three-pointers. JSU went 26 of 46 (56.5 percent) from the field.
MVSU will host Grambling State on Monday at 5:30 p.m.