TSU women wins third straight heading into tournament

Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 3, 2002

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Thea Herring poured in a career-high 25 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Troy State women’s basketball team over Jacksonville, 72-54, in Atlantic Sun Conference play.

Jacksonville (4-22, 3-16 A-Sun), forced to start the game with only five players due to injuries, started out hot, outscoring the Lady Trojans 9-2 in the first five minutes of the game. Jacksonville’s Kat Sungy led the way, scoring five of the team’s first nine.

After getting off to a slow start, Troy State (11-16, 10-10 A-Sun) found the mark connecting for 45 percent shooting in the first half to take a 32-30 halftime lead.

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Troy State junior Chaquita Alexander, a Jacksonville native, started off slow missing her first three shots but recovered to hit four of next seven shots to finish the half with eight points and a team-leading seven rebounds. Alexander finished the game with 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds.

In the second half Herring started to light up the scoreboard. Herring scored 19 of her 25 points in the second half as the Lady Trojans wrapped up the regular season. Troy State now has won the last three meetings against Jacksonville.

The Lady Trojans will be back in action Thursday as they take on Georgia State in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament. Troy State will be hosting the three-day tournament at Trojan Arena. Game times to be announced.