SCOOBA – The East Mississippi Community College Lions prevailed in their MACJC North Division home basketball openers by sweeping Coahoma Community College Thursday night at Keyes T. Currie Coliseum. The EMCC women posted a convincing 90-63 victory, while the Lions completed the sweep by pulling out an 83-79 win in the men's nightcap.
In the women's contest, EMCC's Tyeisha Juhan followed her career-high, 35-point effort in Tuesday's win at East Central with 16 first-half points against Coahoma to stake the home team to a 50-33 halftime advantage. The Lions ran off a dozen unanswered points during a second-quarter stretch that turned a tight three-point contest into a double-digit advantage that would hold up for the remainder of the game.
The Lady Tigers managed to cut the deficit to 14 points (72-58) early in the final period after scoring eight of the quarter's first 10 points. EMCC promptly responded with an 8-0 run to pull away en route to the decisive 27-point triumph.
In moving above the .500 mark for the year at 6-5 overall while also evening their division record at 1-1, head coach Sharon Thompson's EMCC Lions had four players score in double figures on the night. Juhan, a reigning All-Region 23 backcourt performer from Jonesboro, Georgia, finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds to register her third double-double of the season and eighth of her collegiate career.
Freshman Brianna Page, out of West Jones High School, followed with 19 points, while Coahoma transfer Kayla Rogers, from Columbus, recorded her second double-double of the year with a dozen points and 11 boards. Mississippi Gulf Coast transfer Jordanna Morris added 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field in the winning effort.
Dropping to 2-10 overall and 0-2 in division play, the Coahoma women were led by Walneika Holmes' game-high 28 points. Nikkeria Harris followed with 11 points for the visitors.
David Rosinski | Sports Information Director
East Mississippi Community College