It wasn’t always pretty, but the The Albany State women’s basketball managed to secure a win over Miles College Monday afternoon, 49-41.
In a game in which the teams combined for 45 turnovers, the Golden Rams were able to avoid a few of the mistakes that ultimately befell their Golden Bear opponents.
The first ten minutes of the game were a display of the sport that may have given Dr. Naismith pause to invent the game. In that opening frame, the two teams combined for more turnovers, 14, than points scored 9. ASU and Miles shot a collective 4-25 from the field ,as Albany State took a 5-4 lead at the end of the period.
Miles picked up the pace in the second quarter, scoring 16 points in the period. Feliah Greer’s jumper gave the Golden Bears a 6-5 lead and it was an advantage they would push to as much as eight points at 20-12 on Dereseia Randle’s score after an offensive rebound with 2:01 left in the half. Albany State continued to struggle, as they put up just 9 points in the quarter, converting a mere 3 of their 12 field goal attempts.
The third quarter was the defining period of the game. Albany State outscored Miles 25-7 in the period, more than doubling their combined output in the first two quarters and powering the Golden Rams to a 39-27 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Albany State would enjoy as much as 14 point lead on Juanisha Black’s jumper early in the period. Feliah Greer’s jumper with :09 to go , which was as close has the Golden Bears would get. before ultimately falling by eight points at 49-41.
Kashay Hankerson was the lone Golden Ram in double figures with 12 points , adding 5 steals and 4 assists.
Withe win Albany State women’s hoops now (5-8, 2-4 SIAC); they return to action January 7 when they will head to Jacksonville to take on the Tigers of Edward Waters College.