By James Vallone
LIVINGSTON, Ala. -- Nikkia Jordan scored 21 points for the home Lady Tigers of West Alabama to hold off the Lady Hawks, 60-46 from Pruitt Hall.
In a low scoring first half, Shorter (11-7, 6-4 GSC) would have a brief lead, 17-16, when Ieshia Alexander would connect on a pair of free throws with 5:09 remaining before the intermission. UWA (9-9, 4-6 GSC) would then go on an 8-2 run to close the half, with Jordan providing six points during the run.
Shorter would start the second half trailing by five points, and would be as close as two points before Jordan – the Gulf South Conference Player of the Week three weeks ago – would will her team to the GSC home victory, with each team being victorious on their home court this season.
Alexander would top the scoring for the Lady Hawks with 16, with Karisma Boykin adding 13 for the only players to reach double digits on the game. Boykin would go 4-for-4 from the free throw line, with Alexander going 3-for-6.
Shelby Farrer would pull in 15 rebounds and record two blocked shots. The 15 rebounds is a single-game high for the Lady Hawks this season, while establishing a new career-high for the senior from Rome.
Jamie Gunter (nine points) and Brittany Weathers (eight points) would help the scoring efforts for the Lady Tigers. Synthea Reed and Gunter would each pull in ten rebounds, helping UWA win the rebounding battle 48-40. The Lady Tigers also took the 25-4 edge in points from the bench - the Lady Hawks received two points each from Tamarr Williams and Lindsey Crawford.
The Lady Hawks came into the game shooting 39 percent from the field, but would only connect on 26 percent from the field and 18 percent from 3-point range. The loss ends a five game winning streak that saw the Lady Hawks claim victories over four GSC rivals – Christian Brothers, North Alabama, Union, and Alabama-Huntsville.
Shorter will return to action on Saturday as the Lady Hawks welcome the West Georgia Wolves to the Winthrop-King Centre for a 2 pm tip-off. These teams met in Carrollton on December 2, with UWG winning in overtime 61-55.