Moorer gets first win as Stillman College coach
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TUSCALOOSA | Making her home debut as head coach of the Stillman College women’s basketball team, C.C. Moorer reached a couple of milestones on Saturday night.
Led by senior forward Alecia Young, the Lady Tigers gave Moorer her first win of the season by beating Clark Atlanta 84-58. The victory also gave Moorer a 1-0 start as a coach in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
“It was major for us,” said Moorer, whose team lost to Jacksonville State and Alabama A&M. “I think that by playing the competition we played it allowed us to come in here and really play with a lot of intensity. They knew that we had to have it. We came in shot the ball pretty well. I think this was the building block that we were talking about.”
Young, a preseason first-team All-SIAC selection, made 10 of 14 shots from the field and scored 22 points. She also collected four rebounds.
Junior forward Jamila McKinnis, who recently earned All-SIAC recognition for her volleyball skills, finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. McKinnis was named to the preseason All-SIAC second team.
Stillman finished with a 60-49 rebounding margin. Senior forward Stojanna Hollis, who scored three points, led the Lady Tigers with nine rebounds.
Stillman, which led 41-24 at the half, expanded its advantage to 64-37 with back-to-back baskets. Jasmon Hazley nailed a 3-pointer, and Brandi Turner converted a steal into a bank shot.
Clark Atlanta’s Catrise Cannady made two free throws, but on the following possession McKinnis found herself open in the lane. Instead of taking the shot, she dished to Young for an easier basket.
Moorer said she liked the display of teamwork. Twelve players saw action for Stillman, and nine wound up scoring.
“These players are very unselfish,” said Moorer, who coached last season at American Christian Academy. “Jamila is the type of player who’s going to find the open player. She’s very smart. When she needs to score, she gets down there and she manages to score.
“Our outside shot didn’t fall as well, but we had those post players in there working very hard. That’s going to open up the outside, once we get those players shooting the basketball.”
Phyllice Eubanks, who also played volleyball for Stillman, finished with 14 points. Hazley made four 3-pointers and scored 12 points. Turner had seven points, five rebounds and four assists. Guard Siera Dority had five points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists.
Jasmine Alston had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Clark Atlanta. Conisha Hicks scored 11 points, collected six rebounds and made five steals.
Stillman shot 45.2 percent from the field, making 33 of 73 attempts. The Lady Panthers shot 29.4 percent (20-for-68).
Stillman plays at home on Monday, facing Concordia at 5:30 p.m.
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