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Bahamian collegiate female basketball players in action

It was a tough afternoon for Bahamian women’s collegiate basketball player Annya Moss as she and the Mississippi Valley State Devilettes (2-5, 0-3 SWAC) fell 69-45 at home to the Alabama State University Hornets (2-0) at the R.W. Harrison HPER Complex in Itta Benna, Mississippi, on Tuesday.

In Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) competition, the Devilettes have now lost three straight games. Over in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Bahamian Head Coach for the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Lady Rebels Yolett ‘Coach Yo’ McPhee-McCuin and point guard Valerie Nesbitt, and the Lady Rebels, fell to the number 14 ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs, 60-56, on the road at the Humphrey Coliseum in Starkville, Mississippi, on Sunday afternoon.

As for Moss, she had a tough afternoon shooting as she finished the game 2-for-10 from the field, ending with five points. It was a tough night for her from three-point territory as she was only able to finish 1-for-6 from deep. She experienced 18 minutes of action.

The junior guard was able to grab three rebounds and come away with one block.

The Bahamian entered the game with 6.14 remaining in the first quarter. Her first made basket came just over two minutes later, when she made a layup to cut the Hornets’ lead to just one point, 7-6, with 4:19 left in the first quarter. The visitors went on a run after that, leading 22-10 at the end of the first quarter.

Moss’ final made basket of the night came in the second quarter when she connected on a three-pointer with 7:45 remaining. The Hornets held a 24-15 lead at that point, and took a 35-23 lead into the half.

The Hornets dominated the Devilettes in the third quarter as they led by as much as 22 points. They coasted to victory as they led by double digits for the entire second half.

Zakiya Mahoney led the home team with 16 points. Jayla Crawford finished with a game-high 18 points for the Hornets.

After shooting 32 percent from the field in the first half, the Devilettes shot just 26.7 percent from the field in the second half. They never led in this game.

Next up for the Devilettes will be another conference matchup, this one against the Alcorn State University Braves (2-5, 2-1 SWAC) on Saturday, January 16 at the Davey L. Whitney Complex in Lorman, Mississippi. Tip-off time is 3 p.m.

It was an impressive performance for McPhee-McCuin, Nesbitt and the Lady Rebels as they played a close game against the Bulldogs. Nesbitt scored a season-high 18 points for the Lady Rebels (7-2, 1-2 SEC) as they fell to the Bulldogs (8-2, 3-1 SEC).

The close loss stopped an upset bid by McPhee-McCuin and her squad.

With 1:00 left in the game, Nesbitt made a layup to cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 58-56. With 29 seconds left, she picked up her only steal of the game. McPhee-McCuin called a timeout to setup a shot to tie or win the game. Donetta Johnson missed the Rebels’ final chance with five seconds remaining in the game. The Bulldogs led by as much as 14 points in the third quarter.

Nesbitt finished the game 6-for-11 from the field in 34 minutes of play. She had four rebounds and three assists in the loss.

Johnson led the way for the Rebels with 25 points. Jessika Carter led the Bulldogs with 19 points.

The Lady Rebels take the court tonight when they play a home game against the University of Missouri Tigers (4-3, 0-2 SEC) at the Pavilion at Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi. The game starts at 6 p.m. local time.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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