After scoring only four points apiece in her last two games, Smith was huge for the Lady Lions in the second half, helping Wallace State hold off multiple Alabama Southern runs with timely buckets of her own. Smith, a freshman, also collected six rebounds.
“Once again, we had someone new step up and give us big minutes. Some of our women who have been playing well didn’t have a great game tonight, and that’s going to happen,” Burdette said. “The thing is our team pulls for each other. No one pouts or mopes, which is huge for us in a game like this.
“That’s a good basketball team we beat. I’m certain we’ll run across them again during the state tournament.”
Jasmine Coleman finished with eight points and 14 rebounds for the Lady Lions, barely missing out on her fifth double-double of the season. Pearson contributed nine points off the bench, and Jaylan Snowden scored five points and dished out four assists.
Shannon Watts led Alabama Southern with 14 points, while Jasmine McCants had 11.
Wallace State is idle until Dec. 30, when it will head to Memphis and play Arkansas Baptist College and Southwest Tennessee in consecutive days.