FORT VALLEY -- The Fort Valley State Lady Wildcats jumped out to a 13-0 lead and were never seriously threatened as they ran their SIAC record to 17-1 on Saturday with a 61-46 win over Albany State.
Yasheeka Jones scored a season-high 17 points and the Lady Wildcats were able to show off their depth, having 10 players play at least 10 minutes in the game.
"Getting an early lead is always a positive," said Jones, a sophomore point guard. "I always try to get my team involved in the game more than I look to score, but (on Saturday) I had the opportunity, and I was able to take advantage of it. I just want to step up and play well for my team.
"I thought we had a good game defensively and that is really what is most important to us."
Albany State was really only able to make a major move once in the game. With FVSU head coach Lonnie Bartley substituting liberally throughout both halves, the Lady Rams cut the FVSU lead to 20-13 near the end of the first half.
But The Lady Wildcats quickly answered, with Jones scoring twice and SIAC player of the year candidate Takesha Riggs hitting a 3-pointer to push the lead back to 13 at halftime. FVSU pushed its lead to 22 in the second half before Albany State made the final score respectable against mostly FVSU bench players.
ASU MEN 80, FVSU 66: The Albany State men were led by Derek Jones' career-high 19 points, and the Rams avenged a double-overtime loss earlier this season.
Teammates Truett O'Neal and James Clark added 12 points each, and Oscar Morris added 10.
The Rams are now 11-12 overall.
"We have always been good enough to play the way we've been playing," Rams coach Chris Cameron said. "It has finally gotten into the guys' heads that this is how we are going to have to play."