Thorobrettes lose to Benedict 80-64

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Benedict College shot over 50 percent from the field and outrebounded Kentucky State by 10 in women's college basketball action Monday, and that was enough to give the Lady Tigers an 80-64 win at the Exum Center.

"We've had some close games where we've been ahead coming down the stretch," Benedict coach Maurice Bailey said. "The other team would make a run and offensively we didn't execute, and subsequently we ended up losing a couple of games.

"We started fairly strong and finished strong," he added. "When you do that you put yourself in position to win, and we want to be in position to win every game."

KSU's last lead of the game came at 5-3 when Felicia West hit a three-pointer with 16:40 left in the first half. That shot was followed by 12 straight points from Benedict, putting the visitors ahead 15-5.

The Thorobrettes rallied late in the half, and when Shanelle Walker and Kenya Jones hit back-to-back layups K-State was within two points at 28-26.

Once again the Lady Tigers answered, this time with a 10-point run that gave them a 38-26 lead at halftime.

Kentucky State had the lead in single digits for much of the second half, and Yayo Radder's three-pointer with 6:35 left in the game put KSU was as close as it had been the entire half, down by six points at 55-49.

Benedict quickly bumped the lead up to 10 points, 59-49, and with 4:04 remaining the Lady Tigers led 67-52. They also had a 9-0 run in the final 2 1/2 minutes of the game to go ahead by 20 points, 78-58.

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