Jackson powers No. 6 Clayton State women to hard-fought 60-49 victory over Barton
MORROW, Ga. – December 3, 2011 – When the chips were down for the Clayton State Laker women's basketball team on Saturday, Shacamra Jackson made sure to put them in place.
The sophomore recorded her second double-double of the season as the Lakers pulled out a hard-fought 60-49 victory over visiting Barton at the Athletics and Fitness Center. Clayton State, ranked sixth in this week's USA Today/ESPN Division II Top 25 Coaches' Poll, improves to 6-1 overall. Barton, meanwhile, drops to 4-3.
This was a rematch of last season's second round of the NCAA Division II National Tournament with not near the firepower from that contest. Clayton State shot only 34 percent from the field, including only 23 percent from 3-point range. However, the Lakers limited Barton to only 34 percent shooting from the field and only 1-for-10 shooting from 3-point range.
Jackson was the key. The 6-foot-1 sophomore scored 10 points and grabbed 17 rebounds for the double-double. In addition, she also had two steals and four blocked shots and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Clayton State led by as many as 13 points in the first half, only to have Barton rally. Jannetta Robinson drilled a jump shot at the 1:13 mark to tie game 24-24. But Clayton State got a jump shot from the corner by Drameka Griggs, and a driving lay-up from Brittany Hall as time expired to take a 28-24 lead at halftime.
The game remained tight for much of the second half before Clayton State slowly pulled away. Keona Dixon's lay-up in transition gave the Lakers a 50-44 lead at the 6:15 mark. That was followed by consecutive 3-point baskets by Genesis Kelly and Dixon, increasing the Clayton State lead to 56-46 with 4:41 remaining.
Dixon paced Clayton State with 15 points off the bench on three 3-point baskets. Senior forward Tanisha Woodard added 11 points and moved into fifth place all-time in scoring at Clayton State with 1,050 career points. Kelly and Brittany Hall each added eight points for the Lakers.
As a team, Clayton State shot 88 percent (7-for-8) from the free throw line, and out-rebounded Barton 46-38.
For Barton, Robinson scored 16 points, while Nyeshea Willie scored 15 points with nine rebounds.
Clayton State will take this coming week off for final exams before traveling to beautiful Puerto Rico next weekend for games against P.R.-Rio Piedras and P.R.-Bayamon.