PRAIRIE VIEW, TX — The UAPB women’s basketball team went into the half tied with Prairie View A&M 37-37, but took control in the second half to knock off the Lady Panthers 73-63 on the road Monday.
The Lady Lions (6-8, 2-2) had four players score in double figures, led by Zaay Green, who had 17 points, four assists, five steals, and two blocks. Maya Peat tacked on a double-double with 16 points and 21 rebounds and Sade Hudson chipped in as well with 13 points, four assists, and two steals off the bench.
Led by Peat’s nine offensive rebounds, UAPB did a great job crashing the offensive glass, pulling down 20 boards that resulted in 19 second-chance points.
UAPB’s defense held Prairie View A&M to only 38.8 percent shooting from the field, including 24 percent from beyond the arc.
“Confidence. That’s what we’ve tried to pour into each other, and that’s what Maya brought tonight for our team.” Head coach Dawn Thornton remarked on Peat’s performance and the victory. “For her to come out back to back night and grab 21 boards for us is huge, and it goes to show what type of player she is. As a team, we’re just thankful for the opportunity to play. These ladies love each other and they love the game. As long as we play together with the team that we have, it’s really going to be hard for anyone to beat us.”
How It Happened
UAPB started the scoring by going on a 7-0 run to take an early lead with 6:05 left in the first quarter. The Lady Lions then added three points to that lead by the end of the period and entered the quarter break with a 20-10 advantage. UAPB got a great contribution from its bench in the period, as non-starters accounted for five of its 20 total points.
Prairie View A&M rallied to take a 37-32 lead before UAPB went on a 5-0 run starting at the 40 seconds mark in the second period to tie the game at 37, a score that would hold until halftime. UAPB scored five of its 17 total points in the period on second-chance opportunities created by pulling down six offensive rebounds.
The contest remained level after halftime before UAPB went on a 13-0 run, punctuated by a basket from Joyce Kennerson, to grab a 52-39 lead with 6:14 to go in the third. Before the conclusion of the third period, the Lady Panthers had cut into that lead somewhat, but the Lady Lions still entered the fourth quarter with a 58-47 edge. UAPB would seal the win after knocking down three three-pointers in the quarter to score nine of its 21 total points.