ATLANTA, Ga. – After leading most of the first half and late into the fourth quarter, Clark Atlanta wasn’t able to hold off Albany State, falling 64-55 Monday at L.S. Epps Gymnasium.
On Senior Night, the Lady Panthers (7-17, 5-10 SIAC) were up 53-51 after a layup with 4:16 remaining. But the Lady Panthers couldn’t hit another basket the rest of the game. Two Mitchell free throws with 14 seconds left ended a 10-0 run by Albany State (5-18, 3-12 SIAC). It was enough for ASU to manage their second win over the Lady Panthers this season.
It overshadowed a first half in which Clark Atlanta led by 11 after a free throw made it 21-10 going into second quarter. The Lady Panthers held onto the lead, but Albany State had cut into the deficit during the second quarter, pulling to two at 29-27 after ASU’s Ciera Norman hit a jumper with 22 seconds left before halftime.
CAU went into the half leading 30-27, but saw ASU flip the score, going up by eight after an Alexandria James basket made it 38-30 with 4:47 left in the third quarter. CAU pulled back into, outscoring ASU 19-8 to lead 49-46 after a layup with 7:49 remaining. The game stayed close until CAU’s late scoring drought. The Golden Rams closed out its scoring at the free throw line with adding two to secure the victory.
Alexandria James and Ciera Norman led the Golden Rams with 23 points respectively. James hit 12-of-14 free throws while Norman was 10-of-18 from the floor.
Mitchell led CAU with 17 points while grabbing nine rebounds. Miller had 12 points, three rebounds and three assists.
Albany State will next host the Lions of Paine College on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. and then will welcome Benedict College to campus on Saturday, February 22 at 1 p.m. to close out the regular season.