By James Vallone
ROME -- The Lady Hawks took control of the home game versus Albany State, winning the second match up between the teams this season, 81-61. Shorter took control of the game form the opening tip and never trailed.
The Lady Hawks scored the first four points of the game and dominated the first half, having a 22-point advantage while leading at halftime 41-21.
The first half saw the Lady Hawks shoot 48 percent from the floor, while the Lady Rams converted only 36 percent. Ieshia Alexander would score nine of her team-high 14 points in the first half, along with Lynette Harris adding eight of her 12 before the break. The Lady Hawks would also go 13-for-14 from the free throw line in the opening half, on the way to a 78 percent night from the line.
The second half saw Shorter withstand a few runs from Albany State, including an 18-3 run over 5:35 in the middle of the half to bring the lead back down to 13. The Lady Rams would never get any closer for the rest of the game.
Karisma Boykin would propel the team in the second half, scoring all of her 13 points after the break, while going 3-for-4 from the free throw line and adding a game-high eight assists.
Shelby Farrer scored 11 points, while going 5-for-6 from the free throw line, while pulling in six rebounds.
Harris would record a game-high seven rebounds, while blocking two shots and being a perfect 4-for-4 from the line.
Tamarr Williams would add 11 points off the bench for a new career high, connecting on three 3-pointers.
"I was very pleased with tonight's win," said coach Vic Mitchell. "It was definitely one of our most balanced and efficient offensive games of the season with five players in double figures and shooting 50 percent from the field, 78 percent from the free throw line, and having 21 assists on 27 baskets. I am also happy to see Tamarr Williams have a good offensive game; hopefully it will give her some added confidence, as we get deeper into the season. This was a great win for us tonight and now we look forward to playing a very good UAH team on Saturday here at the Winthrop-King Centre."
Albany State would rally in the second half, shooting 62 percent. April Thomas would lead the scoring for the game with 24 points. Lakandra Beeks would score 12 points and pulling in seven rebounds.
The Lady Hawks return to the home court on Saturday as they play host to Gulf South Conference rival Alabama-Huntsville. UAH is on a two game losing streak, having last played on January 19 at North Alabama – losing to the Lady Lions 81-69.