The Savannah State women’s basketball team ended their pandemic shorten 2021 season with a 76-71 home victory over Allen on February 28.
The win gave the Lady Tigers a 5-2 record for the season with both losses coming from Benedict.
SSU started the season with a 81-63 home loss to Benedict on Feb. 11. In that game, Benedict broke open a close game by outscoring Savannah State 30-21 in the fourth quarter. Azhana Maxwell and Nyla Allen both scored 13 for SSU while Bria Gibbs added 11.
On Feb. 17, SSU traveled to Fort Valley State and came away with a 77-71 win as Gibbs had 16 points and 18 rebounds and Armani Heard added 15 points and 11 rebounds. Le’Andrea Gillis scored 14 points and Ta’Kyla Austin chipped in 13.
Savannah State swept Albany State in a weekend series on Feb. 19 & 20 which was played in Tiger Arena. SSU won the first game 85-50 as Gibbs had 17 points and 14 rebounds. Gillis led all scorers with 19 points while Maxwell scored 12 and Heard contributed 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists. The Lady Tigers closed out the weekend with a 74-36 victory over the Rams. Autumn Westmoreland came off the bench to lead the assault with 14 points and nine rebounds. Gibbs added 13 points followed by Maxwell (12) and Austin (10).
After a 81-59 home win over FVSU on Feb. 22 where Maxwell ripped the nets for 27 points, SSU improved to 4-1. Gibbs had 16 points and 17 rebounds while Gillis had 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Heard grabbed ten rebounds.
A trip to Columbia, South Carolina for a rematch with Benedict didn’t got SSU’s way as they came home with a 81-73 setback on Feb. 24. The score was tied at 71 with 3:09 left but Benedict outscored SSU 10-2 the rest of the way. Gibbs had 21 points and nine rebounds while Allen had 17 and Gillis scored 16.
In their season ending win over Allen, Savannah State overcame a 12-point deficit with just under eight minutes left in the game. Down 61-49 with 7:57 remaining, SSU scored 11 straight points during a 16-4 run where they tied the game at 65 with 4:07 left. Allen led 69-68 with 2:25 showing but back-toback 3-pointers by Gillis and Maxwell put Savannah State ahead for good. Gillis had 26 points in the win while Maxwell followed with 24.
Gillis finished the seven game season averaging 15.1 points a game followed by Maxwell’s 14.9 and Gibbs’ 13.9. Gibbs (6.4) and Heard (4.9) were the top rebounders while Allen led the team in assists, averaging 2.9 per game. Maxwell dished out 2.7 assists a night while Heard averaged 2.6. Maxwell also averaged 2.1 steals per game and Gibbs averaged a block each outing.