Dominique Williams scored a career-high 26 points as Claflin University defeated Tuskegee University, 83-62, in a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) basketball game Saturday at Tullis Arena. The win is the third straight for the Lady Panthers.
The win improved Claflin’s SIAC worksheet to 7-2 and 10-7 overall, while Tuskegee drops to 2-12 and 1-5.
Williams’ production surpassed a previous career best of 20 points against Livingstone College in the season opener. She also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds along with three assists and five steals. For the season, Williams has scored 10 or more points 12 times
Also hitting double digits for the Lady Panthers were Joy Okeke and Jhanice Stokes with 10 points each.
Zakera Chadmon, Ashley Fields and Deja Dickens had nine points apiece for Claflin. Chadmon also dished out a team-high five assists.
Tuskegee was led by Jade Wilson with 24 points and Taylor Miller with 13.
The 83 points scored by Claflin is a season high, surpassing the 75-point total scored against Livingstone (75-62) and Spring Hill College (75-65).
The Lady Panthers increased a 38-35 halftime lead to 50-39 with 2:51 on the clock by scoring 12 of the first 18 points to start the third quarter.
The Lady Panthers fought off a stubborn Tuskegee team in the third by outscoring the Lady Tigers 19-9. The scoring run gave Claflin a 57-42 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
Claflin won the fourth quarter by a 26-20 margin.
In the first quarter, most the scoring was done by Wilson for Tuskegee and Okeke for Claflin. The two combined for over half of the points scored in the quarter.
Wilson was instrumental in the Lady Tigers taking the first quarter with 11 points. Okeke had eight in the quarter for the Lady Panthers.
Wilson capped off an 11-4 run for Tuskegee with a basket, giving the Lady Tigers a 19-13 lead with 1:09 on the clock in the opening period.
The Lady Panthers scored the final four points of the quarter to trial by a bucket, 19-17.
The second quarter saw Williams score 15 points, including a three-pointer to tie the contest 22-22 at the 7:06 mark. The basket started a 10-2 run for the Lady Panthers which gave Claflin the 29-24 lead with just over seven minutes left in the period.
The contest would be tied twice over the last four minutes of the quarter before Claflin took a 38-33 lead at the half.
The Lady Panthers will conclude their three-game homestand Saturday (Jan. 13) against Paine College in an SIAC East Division matchup at 1:30 p.m. The contest will be a part of Greek Day.