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Jackson State women run the table in the SWAC regular season again

In the past three seasons, there have been two women’s teams to run through the Southwestern Athletic Conference without losing a game.

Both were Jackson State.

The Tigers defeated Mississippi Valley State 77-59 on Saturday to complete an 18-0 perfect season in SWAC play.

After MVSU took an early 7-4 lead, Jackson State dominated the rest of the way. JSU outscored Mississippi Valley 16-3 over the remaining 4:31 of the first quarter and took a 39-29 at halftime lead.

Jackson State opened the second half on a 9-0 run that ended on a pair of Miya Crump free throws that extended the Lady Tigers’ lead to 48-26 just 2:14 into the quarter. Ja’Leah Hickmon’s layup ballooned the Jackson State lead to its largest margin up that point, at 58-38.

MVSU finished the quarter strong, outscoring JSU 8-2, as the Lady Tigers went 0 of 6 from the floor with a turnover over the last 3:58 of the period.

Early in the fourth quarter, a 3-pointer from Gabby Bunch trimmed the Jackson State lead to 60-49. JSU quickly responded with an 8-0 run to push the lead to 68-49.

Andriana Avent’s layup capped off a 7-2 spurt that pushed the lead to 75-51 with 3:36 left in the game.

Avent’s season-high 24 points and 10 rebounds led the Lady Tigers. Angel Jackson added 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Ti’lan Boler chipped in with 11 points.

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