|MEAC Women's Basketball Recap: Day One||< All News|
|Monday, March 11, 2013|
South Carolina State Defeats Savannah State To Advance In MEAC Tournament
NORFOLK, Va., March 11, 2013 - South Carolina State team defeated Savannah State, 50-35, in the opening game of the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women's Basketball Tournament to advance to the quarterfinal round. The tournament, which runs through Saturday, March 16, 2013, is being contested at the Norfolk Scope, in Norfolk, Va.
Junior Brittany Cochran scored a game-high 16 points to lead South Carolina State. The Lady Bulldogs improved to 20-8 on the season. Senior Fannie Goodwin came off the bench to contribute eight points with a game-high 12 rebounds in the win.
SC State scored the first two points of the game and never relinquished the lead. The Lady Bulldogs went ahead by seven, 12-5, before a free-throw and layup by Jasmine Norman allowed the Lady Tigers to pull within four, 12-8 with 10:30 remaining. South Carolina State increased its lead to eight, 16-8 with 4:10 remaining before enjoying the nine point halftime lead, 23-14.
Savannah State scored the first six points over the first four minutes of the second stanza to pull within three, 23-20 with 16:22 remaining in the contest. South Carolina State regained momentum, using a 7-0 run to take the 30-20 lead at the 13:57 mark. The Lady Bulldogs enjoyed its biggest lead, 18 (47-29) at 5:25 before going on to capture the 15 point win (50-35) to advance to the quarterfinals.
Savannah State was led in scoring by Norman with 13 points. Jazzman Thomas scored seven and Erin Hogue pulled in six rebounds for the Lady Tigers who finished the season at 7-23.
South Carolina State will face Coppin State in the quarterfinal action on Thursday, March 14 at 2:30 p.m.
COPPIN STATE EDGES NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL, 44-41 IN OPENING ROUND
NORFOLK, Va. - Coppin State used a 7-0 run over the final 2:07 of the game on Monday to snatch a 44-41 victory over North Carolina Central in women's basketball action during the opening round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament at The Norfolk Scope.
NCCU (2-28), coming into the game as the No. 12 seed, led by as many as five points on two occasions in the second half. The Eagles secured a 29-24 advantage with 16:47 left in the second half following a free throw by Aja Hoyle.
Fifth-seeded Coppin State (15-15) then used a 7-0 run - one of their two strong second half runs, to take a 31-29 lead with help from a three-pointer by Shawntae Payne and a layup from Amber Griffin.
The game went back and forth until NCCU surged ahead, 40-35, with a jumper from Chasidy Williams and four consecutive free throws by Tisha Dixon.
With 4:32 remaining in the game, CSU turned up its pressure defense, forcing NCCU into three turnovers and two rushed shots with the shot clock winding down in five of its last six possessions. NCCU was limited to just a single point down the final 4:32 of the game, that a free throw from Hoyle.
With NCCU leading 41-37 with 2:07 left, Ashle Craig and Leola Spotwood combined for the final seven points of the game to lead the Eagles of CSU to the win. Spotwood connected on three foul shots down the stretch, while teammate was underneath for two buckets, including one off a put-back from a Dixon missed foul shot.
CSU led most of the first half with help from Payne and Kyra Coleman. NCCU ended the opening half on a 9-0 run with five of those points coming from Hoyle, allowing NCCU to take a 20-18 advantage to the locker room.
NCCU was led in scoring by Hoyle and Dixon with 13 points each. Dixon also added 13 rebounds and two steals.
Payne finished as the only CSU player in double figures scoring, pouring in 13 - including three from beyond the arc, with two assists, a block and a steal in 37 minutes of action. Spotwood chipped in with nine points and seven boards, while Coleman finished with eight.
Coppin State now turns its attention to South Carolina State in a second round matchup. Tipoff is scheduled for Thursday, March 14 at 2:30 p.m.
MORGAN STATE ADVANCES TO MEAC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS
NORFOLK, Va.- Morgan State advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2013 MEAC Men's and Women's Tournament on Monday with a 56-49 win over Maryland Eastern Shore at the Norfolk Scope Arena.
The Lady Bears, the No. 6 seed, will face No. 3 seed Howard Lady Bison in the quarterfinals on Thursday at noon.
Morgan State (13-17) led by five at the half and used a 16-5 run to take a 42-28 lead with 5:07 to play. That was the largest lead of the game for the Lady Bears, who withstood a late Lay Hawks rally to hold on for the win.
Bianca Jarrett led the Lady Bears with 26 points, hitting 13 of her 15 free-throws while going 5-for-19 from the floor. Tracey Carrington added 17 points for Morgan State, and Moneisha Davis grabbed 10 rebounds.
The Lady Bears shot 27.8 percent (15-for-54) from the floor and hit five of their 24 3-pointers.
UMES (8-20), the No. 11 seed, shot 29.3 percent (17-for-58) from the floor and went just 4-for-17 (23.5 percent) from behind the arc.
Shawnee Sweeney led UMES with 15 points.