Alabama A&M tops Samford in blowout fashion, 72-47

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A dominant performance from Nigeria graduate guard Jones fueled a non-conference road win as Alabama A&M (1-6, 0-0 SWAC) scored a 72-47 back-to-back decision at Samford (3-7, 0- 0 SoCon) in an NCAA Division I women’s basketball game on Thursday, December 9.

Jones exploded to a career record of 28 out of 8 out of 14 on floor shooting, including a perfect 5 out of 5 over the arc and 7 out of 8 on the line to go along with six assists and a pair of steals. That total point surpasses his previous score of 25 set at Jackson State on March 7, 2019.

She was joined by second-year guard Darian Burgin with a near-double double of 11 points and nine career-record rebounds to go with two steals. He equaled his rebound score set at the JSU on March 4, 2021. She wasn’t the only one just short of a double-double with a single carom as senior forward Dariauna Lewis finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and a couple of assist.

Graduate striker Teliyah Jeter added four points and six rebounds, while freshman guard Quantaijah Huffman scored with three of his six eight-point shots with three assists and two steals.

After swapping buckets to start the game, Jones would explode for 11 consecutive points, including three three-pointers, to fuel a 15-6 demonstration run over a 4:14 span. That stretch brought them 17-8 with 3:08 to play before Samford walked away with a couple of layups to get close to under five after the first 10 minutes of action.

However, A&M picked up exactly where they left off, earning a 24-14 lead behind a 7-2 burst in the first 3:27. From there they would maintain an advantage of at least eight points and increase their margin to 13 points on a couple of occasions, including a 35-22 lead at half time.

The Bulldogs would continue to bat on offense to start the second half as they scored seven consecutive points as part of a 9-2 streak to extend to a 44-24 lead just three minutes into the third quarter. Once again they would hold their serve by a margin of 52-32 before SU returned to 16 twice before a 5-0 flurry gave A&M their biggest lead of the night, 59-38, entering the final frame.

Both offenses would suffer a stoppage in the first 2:53 of the quarter as the invisible cover remained on both baskets until Alabama A&M broke in with a couple of free throws and a layup to stretch to a 25-point lead with 5: 38 remaining. A triple from Samford’s top scorer Andrea Cournoyer would have brought them to the scoreboard in the period, but would not alter the result as the Bulldogs took home the win 72-47 minutes later.

Cournoyer fueled Samford’s offense with 16 out of 7 out of 15 shooting points along with five steals and Sanaa Redmond came out with five points, three steals and six assists. Natalie Armstrong added 13 points and six carom and Sussy Ngulefac rounded out the best with eight points and five rebounds.

The Bulldogs face one of their toughest opponents of the season in their next outing as they head to Southeastern Conference Missouri. It will take place in Columbia, Missouri on Sunday, December 12 at 2:00 PM.

Courtesy: AAMU Athletics

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