The Prairie View A&M Lady panthers came up big one more time on Friday night defeating the Southern Lady Jaguars 72-43 at the Toyota center in Houston, Texas. The win puts PVAMU in the SWAC tournament championship game for the fourth consecutive year and five out of the last six seasons. The Lady Panthers (13-17) have won three consecutive SWAC tournament titles.
On Friday night it was Coach Dawn brown's big three that came through in dominating style. Shamiya Brooks (6'4 So. center), Asha Hampton-Finch (6'3" Jr. F) and 6'0" Jr forward Larissa Scott combined for 25 points, 20 rebounds, and 4 blocks
"These three will do whatever it takes to win," said brwon in the postgame press conference. "You couldn't ask for much more then they gave us tonight.
Following a Jeanette Jackson bucket with 11:20 left in the first half, Prairie View's Larissa scott went to work. Over the next 1:24, Scott grabbed three rebounds, blocked a shot and scored giving PVAMU a three point lead and they never looked back.Brooks then grabbed two big offensive rebounds that helped extend the Lady Panthers lead to 19-11. The big three dominated in the paint as the Lady Panthers held a 24-16 edge on points in the paint and outscored Southern 24-6 onsecond chance points.
The Lady Panthers led 34-17 at the break.
Southern's Jasmine Jefferson tried to keep the Lady Jags close with a 9 point, 16 rebound night but it was to no avail.
"It's tough to beat a team three times," Brown continued. "We worked hard to expose their wweknesses and takae away their first option.
Hampton-Finch closed out the win for Prairie View hitting five of six free throws down the stretch. Houston native LaReahn Washington dished out 5 assists and dropped in 9 points before the hometown crowd.
PVAMU will face Texas Southern in the title game, looking to extend its unbeaten streak in tournament play to 12-0 since 2011. The Lady Panthers are 18-2 in SWAC tournament action since 2007.
Tip-off is slated for noon on Saturday.