GARLAND, Texas (AP) -- Latia Williams scored 24 points, including nine in row to put Prairie View ahead to stay as the Lady Panthers rallied for a 63-50 victory to win their second consecutive Southwestern Conference tournament championship Saturday night.
The Lady Panthers (17-15) trailed by as many as 11 points early in the second half before finally going ahead 46-45 when Williams made two free throws with 7:57 left.
By the time Williams made a put-back basket while being fouled and added the free throw with 5 minutes left, Prairie View was ahead 53-45 and well on way to its second NCAA tournament under second-year coach Toyelle Wilson.
It will be Prairie View's fourth NCAA appearance overall.
Kiara Etienne added 15 points for Prairie View, which beat regular-season champ Mississippi Valley State in the semifinals to get into the tournament title game.
Carolinsia Crumbly had 16 points to lead Alcorn State (14-20), which got to the tournament final by winning three games in four days. The Lady Braves lost four of their last five games in the regular season, including a home game against Prairie View in the finale a week ago.
Prairie View entered the SWAC tournament as the No. 5 seed, but got to its fifth title game in six games with wins over No. 4 seed Alabama State and top-seeded Mississippi Valley State.
Like last year, the Lady Panthers had to overcome a double-digit deficit to win the SWAC tournament championship game. But they didn't wait until the very end this time.
Wilson's team trailed Southern 44-36 with 5:13 to go in last year title game before ending the game with 12 straight points for a 48-44 win.
By that point this year, Williams had already put Prairie View in front to stay.
Crumbly's 3-pointer with 4:46 left in the first half broke an 18-all tie, starting a 12-2 run for the Lady Braves.
There was a nifty move along the baseline by Crumbly for a reverse layup in that spurt that ended when Asia Reid made a free throw with 1:05 left for a 30-20 lead.
Prairie View quickly cut its deficit in half on a 3-pointer by Etienne and two free throws by Larissa Scott.
But Crumbly made a bank shot at the buzzer and then had the first basket after halftime to push the Lady Braves' lead to 34-25. A layup by Au-Juvan Andrews less than a minute later made it 36-25.
Alcorn was up 42-34 when Andrews made a jumper with 13:27 left in the game.
After Williams' personal 9-0 run, the Braves never got closer than seven points.