The Kentucky State University Thorobrettes have something good going right now.
KSU kept its winning streak intact Thursday night with a 65-57 win over LeMoyne-Owen College in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play at the Exum Center.
“It was a good win —that’s three in a row,” said KSU coach Serena King-Coleman, whose team wore special pink uniforms for its annual “Pink Game.” “As long as we continue to win, hopefully we gain momentum going down the stretch going into the conference tournament and that’s what we want.”
The Thorobrettes (8-12, 4-8) have won a season-high three straight and four of their last five overall after beating the Lady Magicians (3-16, 3-7) for the second time in 11 days. Before the streak, the Thorobrettes hadn’t won back-to-back games since the first week of the season.
“We just come out here and do the same things: We play hard, smart and play as a team,” said KSU junior Ashley Huddleston, who had 15 points off the bench.
KSU led nearly the entire game, pulling away for good midway through the first half — and Huddleston was a big reason why. With the game tied at 20-all, she scored nine straight to make it 29-20. She finished with 11 points for the half.
“Ashley’s really been a missing piece for us. The whole first half of the year she’s been injured,” King-Coleman said. “We know that she makes good decisions and that she’s that other scorer at the guard position.”
LOC pulled within one with over 11 minutes to go in the second half after scoring seven straight to make it 44-43.
But senior Style Harper followed with a 3-pointer that sparked a 13-2 run for the Thorobrettes. Sophomore Taylor Sanders hit one of her three 3-pointers and made another bucket sandwiched around two baskets from junior Brieona Warner. Warner then made a free throw to push the lead to 57-45 with six minutes to go and the Lady Magicians never got closer than seven the rest of the way.
“When we’re finishing we do go on those types of runs, when we’re getting layups and playing defense,” King-Coleman said. “A lot of times when we allow teams to get back into the game, it’s because we go on these long scoring droughts or have mental lapses.”
Along with Huddleston, Sanders also scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds off the bench for KSU. Warner — who was named the SIAC Player of the Week for the second straight week — had nine points, six rebounds and six steals, while junior Shayla Moore added nine points and six rebounds of her own off the bench.
“We were able to pull it together and execute as a team,” Huddleston said. “That’s all that really matters.”
Freshman Tenesha Wright had 15 points and 13 rebounds for LOC. Freshman Ganasua Hall added 12 points — all in the first half.
LeMOYNE-OWEN (57) — Maraja Johnson 2, Teneshia Johnson 7, Tenesha Wright 15, Latrice Sears 6, Brandy Jordan 6, Ashley Attaway 5, Zantrell Brown 4.
KENTUCKY ST. (65) — Ashley Huddleston 15, Nandi Taylor 7, Taylor Sanders 15, Labria Fulmore 3, Shayla Moore 9, Crystal Allen 4, Style Harper 3, Brieona Warner 9.