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Avent scores 17 points and Jackson State women beat Alcorn State 68-44 to win SWAC Tournament title

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Andriana Avent scored 17 points and Jackson State defeated Alcorn State 68-44 on Saturday to cruise to their third Southwestern Athletic Conference title in four years and clinch an NCAA Tournament spot.

The top-seeded Lady Tigers (26-6), who went undefeated in conference play, won their 21st straight game. Their streak started after five consecutive losses to Power 5 programs.

Ti’lan Boler added 13 points and Hayleigh Breland 11. The Tigers shot only 33% overall but made 10 of 28 3-point attempts and outrebounded sixth-seeded Alcorn State 58-37 while blocking 10 shots, including nine rebounds and six blocks from Angel Jackson.

Nakia Cheatham and Kiarra Henderson scored 10 points each for the Lady Braves (12-20).

Jackson State scored the first eight points and led throughout. The Lady Tigers outscored Alcorn State 16-4 in the second quarter for a 33-12 halftime lead. It was 50-23 after three quarters.

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