After getting the first win, the second one was not going to come any easier for Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

After getting the first win, the second one was not going to come any easier for Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Prairie View A&M came out with the hot hand and even though it cooled off a little bit, the Panthers beat UAPB 72-52 Monday at H.O. Clemmons Arena.

The Lady Lions were coming off their first win of the year on Saturday against Texas Southern, which snapped a 36-game losing streak. But UAPB coach Cary Shelton said the team lacked intensity at the start of the game.

“Coming off a win, figured we would have more energy,” he said. “The girls are very disappointed and realized one got away. They realize they should’ve brought it from the beginning.”

Prairie View (10-14, 7-6 SWAC) came out firing right away as the Panthers hit their first six three-pointers of the game and had a 35-9 lead with 9:11 left in the first half.

“Prairie View shot the ball exceptionally well at their place against us, and they came into our home at our gym and really lit it up,” Shelton said. “We were sitting on the sideline saying ‘Are you kidding me?’”

UAPB (1-24, 1-13) was able to start cutting into Prairie View’s lead and went on a 13-2 run to end the first half down 41-26 at halftime. Christina Lasane hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to begin the second half, but Prairie View’s lead would not dwindle below double digits for the rest of the game.

UAPB was able to get within 11 points at 57-46 with 7:48 remaining before Prairie View made the next couple of buckets to end the Lady Lions’ comeback attempt.

“It’s not that we couldn’t get over the hump, we just struggled,” UAPB’s Jazmyne Victorian said. “I felt if we had more intensity, defended and got the steals early, then wouldn’t have been down as much as we were.”

Prairie View, which shot 60 percent in the first half, ended the game shooting 52.9 percent (27 of 51) and hit 10-of-18 of its three-pointers.

“Defensively, we were just really inconsistent,” Shelton said. “We had a lot more intensity than we did in the first half, and we defended them.

“We had moments (Prairie View) didn’t scare and we had an opportunity to get back in the game.”

In comparison, UAPB shot 39.1 percent (18 of 46) and turned the ball over 24 times.

“Really disappointed with our execution offensively,” Shelton said. “Turned the ball over and the guards were just standing around. Just bad execution during the course of the game.”

Chi Chi Okwumabua led UAPB with 13 points and Jenise Gentry had 11 points.

For Prairie View, Latia Williams scored a game-high 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out seven assists. Michaela Burton scored 16 points and Kiara Etienne added 13 points.