Jackson’s free throws lift Lady Statesmen
by Andy Collier
Feb 02, 2014 | 818 views | 0 0 comments | 28 28 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In any sport, it can be hard to expect big things out of a freshman when the game hangs in the balance.

In the Gulf South Conference women’s basketball showdown between the No. 11 Delta State University Lady Statesmen and the University of Alabama-Huntsville Lady Chargers, DSU freshman Anissa Jackson had to go to the free throw in the most crucial times during the overtime period. In the overtime period, she went 6-for-6 from the free throw line to help the Lady Statesmen win 65-60 here Saturday afternoon at the Walter Sillers Coliseum.

DSU improved to 15-2 with a 10-1 mark in the GSC, while UAH fell to 10-8 with a 5-7 mark in conference.

With the score tied 51-51, Jackson was fouled and went to the free throw line with 2:55 on the clock. Jackson kept her cool and made both of her shots to put the Lady Statesmen up 53-51. With 2:26 on the clock, Jackson was fouled again and went to the line for a second time. She made both shots on her second straight trip to make the score 55-51. Jackson was fouled again with 1:39 left in the game and went to the line for a third time in the period. Jackson, who went to the line with great poise, made two more foul shots to make the score 57-51.

The Lady Chargers were able to pull to with in 62-60 with five seconds left on the clock, but they could never take the lead.

Jackson finished the game with eight points, going 8-of-8 from the free throw line.

“I was proud of her, because I leaned on her a little bit at halftime,” Delta State head coach David Midlick said about Jackson. “We knew Huntsville was going to try to take away Chelsey (Rhodes) and Seneca (Walton), and we needed to have some other people make some shots. She (Jackson) struggled most of the game, but she did a good job of getting in the lane in the second half. Her, Becca Ruckes and Myiesha Stewart, all three did a good job of scoring off the bench.”

Midlick said Jackson’s personality was perfect for the clutch situations.

“She’s cool, and she thinks she can do it,” Midlick said. “It isn’t a bad thing for a basketball player, and it isn’t a bad thing for a freshman as long she works hard and she sure does.”

Huntsville played a physical game and hung tough with DSU through out the whole contest. UAH led 27-26 at halftime and the score was tied 49-49 at the end of regulation.

“We did not shoot the basketball well,” Midlick said. “Alabama-Huntsville is a very talented team, and they were tournament champs last year. We were fortunate to come out with a win. We had to play well on the defensive end, and I thought we did.”

Walton led the Lady Statesmen for the game with 14 points and 21 rebounds, followed by Chadisty Hickman with nine points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals, Shanae Govan with eight points, five assists and three steals, Jackson with two steals and four rebounds to go with her eight points, Rhodes and Myiesha Stewart with seven points each and Becca Ruckes with six points and six rebounds. Stewart also pulled down eight rebounds. For UAH, Jordan Smith led the way with 19 points and seven rebounds, followed by Jasmine Hammon with 15 points and Kendra Jones with 14 points and seven rebounds.

DSU will be back in action on Monday when the team hosts West Alabama at 5:30 p.m.