Texas Southern’s Harry “Machine Gun” Kelly was of the greatest scorers in HBCU and NCAA basketball history in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Three-and-a-half decades after his departure it looks like TxSu has another scoring master on its hands.
Joyce Kennerson is setting college basketball on fire, ranked second in Division I women’s basketball in scoring at 25.3 points per game.
— TSU Lady Tigers Basketball (@TSUWomensHoops) December 4, 2017
Kennerson was named SWAC Player of The Week on Tuesday after she averaged 32.0 points and 7.0 steals per game and joined Texas Southern University’s 1,000-point club while leading the Lady Tigers to a pair of wins last week.
For the second time in as many weeks, Kennerson set a new career scoring high as she torched Sam Houston State for 35 points on 13-of-18 shooting; the junior from Port Arthur made five of her eight 3-point attempts against the Bearkats, which included the 3-point basket that pushed her over the 1,000-point mark with 4:31 left to play in the first half. For good measure, Kennerson also recorded a career-high eight steals at Sam Houston State.
In Monday’s contest against Wiley College, Kennerson overcame two quick first-quarter fouls to score a game-high 29 points and lead the Lady Tigers to their first winning streak of the season. Kennerson connected on six of her eight 3-point tries, including three in a row on consecutive possessions in the second half.
For the week, Kennerson shot 69.7 percent (23-of-33) from the field, and drained 68.8 percent (13-of-18) of her 3-point tries. She also averaged 4.0 assists per contest, which included five in the win at Sam Houston State.