Lady Tigers suffer another SWAC loss

It was a tale of two halves during the Lady Tiger basketball game Monday. GSU played one of its best halves of the season, then were outscored 37-21 in the second half, as the Panthers of Prairie View cruised to a 66-50 victory on Monday night.GSU (1-14, 0-5 in SWAC) decreased in almost every statistical category in the second half. They shot 48 percent in the first half but a mere 32 percent from the field in the second.

They also shot 40 percent from 3-point range in the first half and didn’t make a single 3-pointer in the second half.

The Lady Tigers did not get to the free throw line and committed too many turnovers. GSU had 32 turnovers while PV had only 18.

The Panthers also were more aggressive, getting to the free throw line 42 times compared to GSU’s 19.

“We played hard in the second half,” said coach David “Rusty” Ponton. “But we didn’t play with any intensity and didn’t play aggressively.”

The Lady Tigers were led by Kristen Harper’s 14 points and five rebounds, and Gabrielle Fleming’s 10 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Prairie View (9-7, 4-0) came out in the second half firing on all cylinders, breaking the game open with a 14-0 run. They shot 52 percent from the field, 33 percent from the 3-point line and committed only eight turnovers.

The Panthers got a big boost from Cadence Thomas, who had 16 of her 19 points in the second half.

GSU will travel to Jackson, Miss., to face the Jackson State Tigers on Saturday. The game starts at 5:30 p.m. The next home game, against Southern, at 1 p.m. Feb. 9, will be televised live on ESPN2.