UAPB Women’s Hoops Green Flirts With Triple-Double in 70-47 Win Over Alabama State

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MONTGOMERY, AL – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff women’s basketball team kept Alabama State to just 20 percent from 3-point range in a 2-for-10 shooting performance on the way to a 70-47 win over the Hornets on the road Saturday.

The Golden Lions (14-11, 9-3) had four players score in double figures, led by Demetria Shephard, who had 15 points. Jelissa Reese added 12 points and seven rebounds and Zaay Green chipped in as well with a double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds.

Led by Reese’s two offensive rebounds, UAPB did a great job crashing the offensive glass, pulling down 13 boards that resulted in eight second chance points.

UAPB forced 21 Alabama State turnovers in Saturday’s game. The Golden Lions turned those takeaways into 30 points on the offensive end of the floor. Green’s three steals led the way for UAPB.

How It Happened

After falling behind 8-6, UAPB went on a 9-0 run with 4:05 left in the first quarter, culminating in a bucket from Empress Roberts, to take a 15-8 lead. Alabama State then responded to tie things up at 15-15 heading into the second quarter. UAPB did most of its first quarter damage in the paint, scoring eight of its 15 points close to the basket.

Alabama State then took an 18-15 lead before UAPB responding by going on an 8-0 run, highlighted by a bucket from Reese, to take a 23-18 lead. The Golden Lions proceeded to tack on one point to that lead and enjoyed a 34-28 advantage heading into halftime. UAPB forced five Alabama State turnovers in the period and turned them into 10 points.

UAPB wasted no time building on its lead, going on a 6-0 run, punctuated by a three from Kaila Walker, to expand its lead further to 40-28 with 7:17 to go in the third. The Golden Lions held onto that lead for the rest of the frame and entered the fourth quarter with a 49-37 edge. UAPB knocked down two three-pointers in the quarter to score six of its 15 total points.

UAPB kept widening that lead, expanding it to 63-47 before going on a 7-0 run, finished off by Shephard’s layup, to grow the lead to 70-47 with zero seconds to go in the contest, a score which would hold for the rest of the game. UAPB took advantage of six Alabama State turnovers in the quarter, scoring eight points off of those takeaways.

Game Notes

» Zaay Green notched a double-double for the Golden Lions with 12 points and 16 rebounds.
» The Golden Lions held the Hornets to only 34.5 percent shooting from the field.
» UAPB never trailed in the second half on its way to victory.
» UAPB had a stellar day defensively, holding Alabama State to 20 percent from three point land on 10 attempts.
» The UAPB bench came alive by scoring 24 points to its scoring output.
» The Golden Lions turned 21 turnovers into 30 points on the offensive end.
» UAPB had a 47-37 edge on the boards in the win.
» The UAPB defense forced 21 turnovers.
» The Golden Lions were active in affecting shots on the defensive end, tallying five blocks as a team.
» UAPB cleaned up on the offensive glass, collecting 13 offensive boards in the game.
» Demetria Shephard led the Golden Lions with a game-high 15 points.
» UAPB got a game-high 16 rebounds from Zaay Green.