Ariel Brown scored 14 points, while Kiara Farley and Quandra Rodgers each added 11 as the Lady Lions rallied in the second half for a 60-55 win over Kentucky State on Monday night.
After winning just two of 24 conference games last season, Paine (2-3, 2-1) has won two Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games in a row.
“We’re jelling as a team,” Lady Lions coach Willie Adams said. “When you’re losing, you can learn a lot. But when you’re winning, you can learn some things, too.”
Paine opened its home slate at Richmond Academy, playing its fifth game in its fifth different arena this season. The Lady Lions struggled to adapt to their new home, shooting just 38 percent from the floor. But Paine limited the Thorobrettes (1-2, 1-2) to 28 percent shooting. Jasmine Davis led Kentucky State with 14 points.
“Our defense gets better with each game,” Rodgers said. “We just need to keep building on it.”
“We should be strong on defense,” Adams said. “The offense is going to to take some time to come together.”
With Kentucky State holding a 29-26 lead at intermission, Paine opened the second half strong. The Lady Lions tied the game on a couple of quick buckets. Then, Farley made a layup, staking Paine to a two-point lead.
The Lady Lions continued attacking the basket. Brown drove the right side of the lane, banked the ball off the glass as she was fouled and swished the free throw to extend Paine’s lead to 44-40 with 7:26 left.
Later, Rogers scooped in a layup, extending the Paine lead to eight. BreAsia Burns followed with two free throws. The Lady Lions led 52-42 with 4:25 remaining.