The typically powerful offense and tough defense of the Savannah State women’s basketball team was muted on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the 2020 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Championship.
Savannah State, the No. 2 seed out of the East, fell to Tuskegee, the No. 3 seed out of the West, 41-68. Tuskegee reached the quarterfinals after beating Albany State 76-66 on Tuesday in the opening round of the tournament.
The Lady Tigers finish the season 15-8, the best overall record for the program in the last six years. They earned the No. 2 Seed out of the SIAC East Division with a 10-7 conference record during the regular season.
But on Thursday, Savannah State only won one of the three categories that head coach Cedric Baker looks for in every game. “We always concentrate on rebounding, turnover chart and free-throws,” Baker said in a post-game press conference. “We won our free-throw category. I am very well pleased with the fact that we were getting to the line.
Tuskegee pulled down 48 rebounds in the game, including 28 on defense, to the Lady Tigers 34. They also had 15 turnovers to Savannah State’s 22. But Savannah State shot 70% from the charity strip to the Golden Tigers 47% clip.
Savannah State women’s basketball also earned several post-season nods this year. Junior transfer Ta’Kyla Austin was named the SIAC Newcomer of the Year while Heard earned SIAC Freshman of the Year accolades. Gillis, who led the team and the SIAC in scoring this season, was named to the All-SIAC Second Team.