Trojans rout Hornets 116-46, earn fifth straight win

Published 10:48 pm Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Trojan women’s basketball team broke the century mark for the first time this season in their 116-46 win over Alabama State on Thursday night in Troy.

The 70-point win for the Trojans is their largest margin of victory over a Division-I opponent in program history.

“It was great to get a win inside Trojan Arena like that,” said head coach Chanda Rigby. “So many players contributed in big ways and the fans were into it. It was a great night all around.”

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The win for the Trojans gives them their fifth straight victory, bringing their overall record to 6-1.

It’s Troy’s best start under Rigby and their best overall start since the 1990-1991 season.

“The expectation to win, it takes a while,” Rigby said. “We have been building that more and more each year. It takes a while to build up expectations for things that haven’t been done before.”

The Trojans took a 57-26 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Trojans led by as many as 32 points in the first half.

The Trojans were outshot in the first half 44 to 48 percent. The Trojans however, doubled the Hornets shots 43-21.

Jasmine Sanders finished the first half with double figures with 13 points, while Amber Rivers had 10.

The Trojan defense forced the Hornets into 19 first half turnovers.

The Trojans led by as many as 70 points in the second half en-route to the lopsided win.

The Trojans finished with 10 different players scoring, including seven who finished with double figures led by Jasmine Sanders who finished with a game high 21 points.

“We feel like we can start most any five,” Rigby said. “We hope they can hold the rope against any team. What we really hope is that our bench can come in and seal the game for us. Tonight, them seeing the ball go in the basket is huge.”

Amber Rivers finished with 17 points, while Jasmine Robinson and Sky’Lynn Homes had 12.

The Trojans will put their five-game winning streak on the line next Tuesday when they host formal conference rival Middle Tennessee State beginning at 6 p.m.