Alcorn State Plows into Finals with Blowout
GARLAND, TEXAS - The Alcorn State Lady Braves (14-19) punched their ticket to the SWAC Women's Basketball finals with a dominating 67-41 rout of Grambling State in the first semifinal game of the day at the Special Events Center. The Lady Braves will face the winner of the other semifinal game between Mississippi Valley State and Prairie View A&M.
Alcorn State roared out of the blocks early, jumping out to a 9-0 lead. In fact, Grambling (15-15) was held scoreless until the 15:48 mark when junior center Wymeka Randle rolled in a layup to make it 9-2.
Grambling woke up and closed to within four at 13-9, but the Lady Braves answered with a 15-1 run to build a 28-10 cushion with 4:06 left in the half. The Lady Braves held on to the 18-point lead going into half, holding a 33-15 advantage into the lockerroom.
The Lady Braves blew the game open in the second half as Grambling continued to struggle on the offensive end. Turnovers piled up on the Lady Tigers and they couldn't find the bottom of the bucket. When the carnage was over, GSU had turned the ball over 28 times and they hit only 14-of-58 fieldgoal attempts for 24.1%. Alcorn's largest lead was 30 points, 52-22, with 8:32 left in the game.
Senior guard Kiara Ruffin led the Lady Braves with 15 points. Au-Juvan Andrews added 10 points and six rebounds.
Grambling State was led by guard Cierra Ceazer who finished with 10 points and nine rebounds. Randle had 10 rebounds to go with eight points.