TROY, Ala. – Kourtney Coleman put back a missed layup as the clock expired to give Troy women’s basketball a 90-88 win over Alabama State at home on Sunday. The win stops a four-game losing skid for the Trojans as they get set to host Alabama on Saturday.
Troy (2-6) got a career night from Britney McCloud who scored 26 points to lead all scorers, including 21 in the second half. Brooke Bowie scored 14, but her biggest play came on the defensive end.
With the score tied at 88-88 and less than 30 seconds to go, Alabama State (1-4) had the ball. Bowie drew an offensive foul on ASU’s Quentori Alford to give Troy the ball with eight seconds remaining.
Jasmine Pitts drove the lane for Troy, missing a contested layup, but the rebound came to Coleman who put in the winner as time expired. Officials looked at the play, but it stood.
Coleman finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Ashley Beverly-Kelley rounded out Troy’s four in double figures with 16.
Troy led most of the way down the stretch, but Alabama State tied the score with 1:24 remaining as Coleman’s buzzer beater was Troy’s first basket since the 2:47 mark.
The Hornets were led by Preseason All-SWAC selection Alford who scored 19 points in her first game of the season after being hurt in the Hornets preseason exhibition game.
The game was a physical, back-and-forth battle as the two sides combined to shoot 58 free throws, including 34 by Troy who was 24-of-24 from the line.
Troy’s largest lead was just six points early in the second half as McCloud scored the Trojans first seven points to put Troy up 54-48. McCloud on to score Troy’s first 11 points of the second frame.
The physical tone was set in the first half as Troy shot 22 free throws and Alabama State 14 on their way to a 45-45 halftime score. The Trojans trailed by as many as 11 with 9:49 to go, but used an 11-2 run to tie things up at 32-32 with 5:47 to go.
Troy shot 44.9 percent (31-of-69) from the floor on the day, but struggled from deep shooting just 4-of-21 (19.0 percent). Alabama State shot 45.3 percent (34-of-75) overall and 30 percent (6-of-20) from deep.
Troy returns to the floor when it hosts Alabama on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. at Trojan Arena. The Trojans will have six days off to prepare for their second of three games against SEC opponents this month.
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