NEW ORLEANS – Southern University at New Orleans was able to control the pace in the first half, but Philander Smith exploded offensively over the final 20 minutes to top the Lady Knights 79-60 Saturday afternoon at The Castle.
Terralyn Dominick, the GCAC’s second leading scorer at nearly 19 points per game, scored a game-high 25 points for the Lady Panthers. Dominick nearly had her first career triple-double, adding nine rebounds and seven assists along with four steals to the winning effort. Anqunett Chatt scored 18 points off the bench and Honchea Thornton finished with 16.
SUNO was led by Taiyla Jackson, who posted her third double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Micah Brooks chipped in with 11 points and six boards and Jophiea Irvin added 10 points and six assists in the loss.
The Lady Knights held a narrow 27-25 lead heading into intermission after holding PSC to 27 percent shooting in the first half. Irvin had nine of her 10 in the first 20 minutes to lead the way for SUNO.
SUNO would go up four after an offensive rebound and putback by Jackson early in the third quarter. After that the Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Knights 18-4 over the next five minutes and were up by 10, 43-33 with 3:54 to play in the period. SUNO would fight back with a 9-0 run to close the gap to one, but Philander Smith would end the quarter on an 11-0 run with four different players scoring during that span.
Trailing 42-54 entering the fourth, SUNO opened the final frame with a three-pointer by Julia Alexander, trying to spark one last comeback. Unfortunately for the Lady Knights, that’s as close as they would get. Philander Smith would outscore SUNO, 25-15 the rest of the way to secure their first conference vicotry of the season.
The defeat was the seventh in a row for SUNO (2-7. 0-2 GCAC). They visit crosstown rival Xavier on Monday, Jan. 16. Philander Smith (8-6, 1-1) continues its road swing by visiting Dillard on Monday night.