Lady Trojans pull off two straight wins in A-Sun

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 27, 2002


Latoya Gay scored a career-high 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc to lead the Troy State women’s basketball team to a 52-42 victory over Jacksonville State in Atlantic Sun Conference play Saturday.

Gay also added three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Troy State (5-11, 4-5 A-Sun) finished with seven three-point field goals and 11 steals, including three apiece by Kerri Fiehrer and Haley Konrad.

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After taking a 2-0 lead on a jumper by Fiehrer, JSU (3-14, 2-8) responded with a 4-0 run to claim its only advantage all day. Chaquita Alexander and Fiehrer dropped in four free throws and the Lady Trojans never trailed the rest of the way. TSU took a 25-21 halftime lead, thanks to 12 points off 13 JSU turnovers.

A Latasha Mathis basket cut the TSU lead to two but the Lady Trojans responded with an 8-0 run over the next two minutes to push the lead to double-digits. TSU shot 41 percent from the floor in the second half and held JSU to 21 percent shooting.

Fiehrer scored 10 of her career-high 13 points in the first half. She also led TSU with five rebounds.

Laura Baswell led the Lady Gamecocks with nine points, five rebounds and four steals.

The win over JSU was the Lady Trojans second in as many games.

Alexander scored a career-high 25 points and pulled down six rebounds to lead the Lady Trojans to victory over Samford (1-14, 0-8 A-Sun), 74-58 in Atlantic Sun Conference play on Thursday night, snapping a nine game losing streak.

Sophomore forward Latoya Gay chipped in 15 points, which also broke her career high. Gay and Alexander scored the first 18 points for the Lady Trojans, as they jumped out 36-20 halftime lead.

Troy State came out firing on all cylinders as they increased the lead to 21 with 16:58 to play. The Bulldogs could get no closer than 11 points as Thea Herring continued her excellent play with nine second-half points, finishing the game with 15 points and six rebounds.

The Lady Trojans had lost nine consecutive games before tonight’s game, marking the second time in their modern history that team has lost that many games in a row.

For the game Troy State shot 43% from the field and 62% from the line. Samford shot 40% from the field and 59% from the charity stripe.

Troy State will wrap-up their current three-game road trip on Wednesday when they travel to Macon, Ga., to face the Mercer Bears at 6 p.m. Central Time.