Courtesy of Tuskegee University Athletics
TUSKEGEE, Ala. – The Golden Tigers took down Clark Atlanta 64-41 in their Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) opener as well as home opener on Tuesday evening inside Daniel “Chappie” James Arena.
Nadia Thorman-Mckey (Evanston, Ill.) scored a game-high 18 points along with grabbing seven rebounds for Tuskegee (2-2, 1-1 SIAC), who scored 21 points off 24 Clark Atlanta turnovers and never trailed in the game.
JuToreyia Willis (Chattanooga, Tenn.) continued to fill the stat sheet, finishing with 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Meanwhile Brittney Bolin (Trophy Club, Texas) and Arielle McElroy (Bolingbrook, Ill.) both scored seven points, with Bolin also adding four rebounds and three assists, while McElroy added three assists and a pair of rebounds.
The Golden Tigers pushed out to a 6-0 run to start the game within the first three minutes, followed by gaining an eight-point lead later in the frame before Clark Atlanta scored on their last two possessions of to end the first with the score of 12-9.
Thorman-Mckey started the second with four consecutive points in the paint to put Tuskegee up 16-9 with 8:24 in the half, before a response from the Panthers. Later in the quarter up 20-16, a three from McElroy sparked a 9-4 run to close the half with the 29-20 lead.
With seven minutes to play in the third, the Golden Tigers extended their lead to double digits at 33-22 as part of a huge run in the quarter that saw the lead expand to 18 points at the two-minute mark at 44-26.
Starting the final quarter with a 46-32 lead, Tuskegee continued to control the game, eventually gaining a game-high 23-point lead late in the game.
Tuskegee also outscored Clark Atlanta 12-0 in fast break points, 38-14 on points in the paint, and 13-3 in second chance points.
Tuskegee will host Fort Valley State on Saturday afternoon for their second straight SIAC game inside of Daniel “Chappie” James Arena, with tip-off set for 1 p.m.