Prairie View women upset by Jackson St.

March 15, 2008 7:31:53 PM PDT
Erica Trahan scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Jackson State clinched its first berth in the NCAA tournament in more than a decade with a 63-61 victory over top-seeded Prairie View A&M in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament championship on Saturday. LaSharee Christian finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the No. 2 Lady Tigers, who last made the tournament in 1995.

Jackson State (18-13) built an early comfortable lead, but the Lady Panthers (22-11) went on a 7-0 spurt to tie the game at 38-38 when tournament MVP Trahan briefly went down with an apparent ankle injury.

Prairie View grabbed its first lead with 11:32 remaining on a layup by Dominique Smith, setting off a back-and-forth flurry in which there were six lead changes.

But the Tigers survived that exchange and a flurry of desperation 3s by the Panthers to earn the automatic bid.

Shavonne Smith scored 18 points and Chari Smith added 13 for Prairie View, which was without All-SWAC performer Gaati Werema who sprained her knee in the semifinals.

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