UAPB Women Hoops Beck, Reese, & Green Shine in 75-67 Win Over Alabama A&M To Open SWAC Play


PINE BLUFF, AR – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff women’s basketball team went into the half tied with Alabama A&M 32-32, but took control in the second half to defeat the Bulldogs 75-67 at home Saturday.

The Golden Lions (6-8, 1-0) had three players score in double figures, led by Coriah Beck, who had 16 points, five assists and two steals. Jelissa Reese tacked on 15 points and two steals and Zaay Green chipped in as well with 15 points, six rebounds, eight assists, three steals and two blocks.

UAPB took advantage of fantastic ball movement in Saturday’s game, piling up 18 assists on 25 made field goals. Green’s eight assists paced the Golden Lions.

UAPB’s defense held Alabama A&M to only 20 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

How It Happened
UAPB started off strong, putting together a 19-16 lead heading into the second quarter. UAPB did most of its first quarter damage in the paint, scoring 14 of its 19 points close to the basket.
Alabama A&M rallied to take a 20-19 lead before UAPB went on a 10-0 run starting at the 8:30 mark in the second period, highlighted by a three from Kaila Walker, to take a 29-20 lead. The Bulldogs then battled back to even it up at 32-32 heading into halftime. UAPB was strong from deep in the period, knocking down two three-point shots to account for six of its 13 points.
After intermission, Alabama A&M snatched a 34-32 lead before UAPB answered back by going on an 8-0 run to grab a 40-34 lead with 6:31 to go in the third. Before the third period was over, the Golden Lions added two points to that lead and entered the fourth quarter with a 55-47 edge. UAPB took advantage of seven Alabama A&M turnovers in the quarter, scoring 10 points off of takeaways.
The Golden Lions then held on for the victory in the fourth quarter. UAPB took advantage of its opportunities in the post, scoring 10 of its 20 points in the paint.

Game Notes
» The Golden Lions put on a passing clinic, recording an assist on 72 percent of made field goals.
» UAPB had a great day defensively, holding Alabama A&M to 20 percent from beyond the arc on 15 attempts.
» The UAPB defense forced 25 turnovers.
» The Golden Lions were active in affecting shots on the defensive end, recording seven blocks as a team.
» Coriah Beck led the Golden Lions with 16 points.
» UAPB got a team-high six rebounds from Zaay Green.