By Tuskegee Athletics
Tuskegee Women’s Basketball Team advances to 12-1 after winning three games in a four game series against WBCA ranked No.23 Benedict College.
The Golden Tigers began the year by beating Miles College in a four game series, this hot streak continued for five more games after beating Allen University, Albany State and Spring Hill college.
In a year riddle with changes, the Golden Tigers have an established scoring core with their quad of upperclassmen players. The core of Ashalia Jackson, India Blakley, Lena Yoonis and JuToreyia Willis combined 51.2 points per game.
While the Golden Tigers are being led by the four in scoring, as a collective the offense recorded as season high for points in a 93-65 victory against Spring Hill College on February 14th.
Jackson led her team to victory in a career high in scoring on February 18th, dropping 36 points and 14 rebounds. The very next game, Blakely scored a career high 28 points in the win against the Tigers.
Even with the Golden Tigers’ high powered offense, the defense has also been a great asset to the team all season long. Following the series against Benedict College on average opponents only scored 58.8 points per game against their defense.
Coach Powell commented on the team’s performance saying: “This team is a really special group.For our preseason to be basically non existent and the way that they have come together and bonded has been amazing to witness. Like every other athletic program out here, there have been a lot of obstacles we’ve had to navigate through. We are finally understanding what it takes to beat a highly competitive program. They understand that the game is about runs and who can withstand the opposing runs. However, we are still learning discipline defensively and how to play through mistakes without letting it completely take us out of focus. We broke an 11 game losing streak verses Benedict with our first win at their place last Thursday night. To win three consecutively, let’s us know that this program is continuing to climb in the right direction. Benedict has not lost back to back games since 2018. We have nothing but respect for the success their program has garnered. The way we have packed these games into about a span of a month and half, proves how bad these ladies wanted to play and were willing to make the necessary sacrifices to do so. Their bodies and minds are very fatigued right now. I couldn’t be more proud of these young women for displaying so much heart. We need to finish out our schedule strong so that we can possibly be a contender for an NCAA regional bid.”
As the Golden Tiger currently sit at a 12-1 record, three opponents remain this season with a single game against Fort Valley State on February 24th and a two game series against Spring Hill College on February 27th and 28th to close out the season.
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