Pearl River Community College has struggled shooting free throws all season, and Thursday night it proved costly in a 63-56 loss to Hinds in women’s basketball action at Utica.
The Lady Wildcats (8-3 overall, 1-3 in division) dropped their second straight game in the South Division. Hinds improved to 9-3 and 2-2.
Pearl River came into the game shooting less than 60 percent from the foul line, and had its worst free-throw shooting night of the season against the Lady Bulldogs, hitting just 6 of 18 foul shots.
Nevertheless, PRCC led 29-28 at halftime and 48-43 after three quarters. But Hinds went on an 15-4 run over the first five minutes of the fourth quarter to take the lead, and held off the Lady Wildcats the rest of the way, as Pearl River was just 2 of 10 from the line in the final period.
Redshirt freshman Rehema Franklin led Pearl River with 15 points. Freshmen Adyn Strickland, Charisma Walker, Cotoria Blackmon and Destiny Williams each had 8 points for the Lady Wildcats, and Williams also had 8 rebounds.
PRCC returns home to battle East Central at 5:30 p.m. Monday at M.R. White Coliseum, then the Lady Wildcats travel to Gulf Coast on Thursday.
PRCC BASKETBALL SUMMARY
Thursday at Poplarville
Hinds 63, Pearl River 56
PRCC 12 17 19 8 – 56
Hinds 16 12 15 20 – 63
PEARL RIVER (8-3, 1-3 in South Division): Adyn Strickland 8, Charisma Walker 8, Rehema Franklin 15, Tyasia Willis 5, Cotoria Blackmon 8, Kyla Malone 2, Destiny Williams 8 (8 rebounds) Tiara Robins (7 rebounds), Shelanita Starks 2.
HINDS (9-3, 2-2 in South Division): O. Barnes 19, E. Chatman 6, H. Kemp 7, T, Hill 8, I. Davis 4, A. Kemp 9, D. Jorden 2, R. Martin 2, A. Gipson 6.