ITTA BENA, Miss. – Faith Ohanta came off the bench to score 13 first half points as her Lady Lions snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 64-59 victory over Mississippi Valley State University in its Southwestern Athletic Conference opener at R.W. Harris Complex.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (3-8, 1-0 SWAC) opened up the game tied at 17 apiece after one quarter of play but distanced itself from Valley (0-13, 0-1 SWAC) with an eight-point cushion at the break. Ohanta finished with the games only double-double, producing 19 points and 10 boards while teammate Malik Muhammad finished with 17 points and five rebounds in the victory. Post player Shawntayla Harris had a solid game down low as she scored six points, eight boards, and four blocks in 25 minutes.
Ohanta was on fire all afternoon as she hit 6-of-7 baskets from both the field and the charity stripe while point guard Destiny Brewton chipped in with seven points, four rebounds and four assists for the Lady Lions.
As a team, the Devilettes were held to just eight points in the third quarter but made a huge comeback attempt, scoring 24 points in the final quarter behind LaKendra Bassett's 18 total points, but it wasn't enough as Mississippi Valley dropped its 13th straight game. Basset also finished with four rebounds, four assists and four steals in the loss.
The Lady Lions basketball team will return to action on Saturday, January 6 as it travels to Huntsville, Ala. to face Alabama A&M University in SWAC action. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.