|MEAC Women's Basketball Recap: Day Two||< All News|
|Tuesday, March 12, 2013|
NORFOLK, Va., March 12, 2013 - Tierra Hawkins scored a game-high 16 points to help lead No. 9 seed Delaware State to a 55-44 win over No. 8 seed Bethune-Cookman in women's action of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament at the Norfolk Scope in Norfolk, Va.
With the game tied at 35 with 8:29 remaining in the second half, Delaware State (10-20) embarked upon a 10-0 run that pushed the Hornets out in front for good. Tasia Bristow connected on the game's lone three-pointer to put the Hornets up 40-35, followed moments later by a pair of free throws from Kianna D'Oliveira to extend the lead at 45-35.
Bethune-Cookman (12-17) took the lead to open the second half following a quick basket from Terrenisha Hollis.
The two teams exchanged leads over the course of the next four minutes until DSU pushed forward to a 33-28 advantage after a Hawkins layup with 13:01 left.
The Wildcats came back to knot the game at 35 on the strength of a pair of layups from Sharnese Neal and Deja Gibson, concluding with a foul shot from Neal.
B-CU was led in scoring by Neal's 12-point, four-rebound performance. Shakeyia Colyer added nine points, and Hollis chipped in with eight.
Hawkins led all scorers with 16, finishing a double-double effort with 12 rebounds. She added two assists and a block. Assisting Hawkins was Keyanna Tate with eight points and seven rebounds.
The Hornets advance to face top-seeded Hampton on Wendesday, March 13 at Noon.
Brown Leads Norfolk State Past Florida A&M, 72-55
NORFOLK, Va., March 12, 2013 - Ebony Brown scored a game-high 23 points and made a strong defensive contribution to help 10th-seeded Norfolk State top No. 7 seed Florida A&M 72-55 in an opening round game of the 2013 MEAC Women's Basketball Tournament at Norfolk Scope.
The Spartans (7-21) advance to face No. 2 North Carolina A&T in a 2:30 p.m. quarterfinal on Wednesday.
Brown was 8-of-13 from the floor and 5-of-8 from 3-point range in tallying her third-highest scoring total of the year. Her second-highest was a 24-point outing in an overtime loss to Florida A&M (11-19) on March 4.
But perhaps her biggest contribution came on the defensive end of the floor. She was tasked with guarding MEAC scoring leader Jasmine Grice, who scored a school-record 42 points in the Rattlers' win over NSU last week. Grice, who was averaging 22.0 points per game coming in, finished with 13 points Tuesday, including just three in the first half. She was 5-of-14 from the floor.
Brown scored five of NSU's first seven points, then NSU used its size advantage inside to go on a 9-1 run midway through the first half. Spartan post players Rachel Gordon, Batavia Owens and Quineshia Leonard all scored inside, and Aivah Parham had a three-point play in the run, which gave the Spartans a 25-14 lead with 6:08 left in the half.
The second half was all Brown. She scored 18 points and hit four 3-pointers in the stanza. All four treys came in an eight-minute stretch of the second half that saw NSU widen its lead to 16. The advantage would grow to as many as 20 in the closing minutes.
Owens added 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Gordon had 13 points and Leonard 10. The trio also combined for 25 rebounds, with Owens and Leonard both grabbing nine. Guard Recca Trice had a season-high 13 assists for NSU, and shot 57 percent (28-of-49) from the floor, which was the team's second-best effort of the season. The Spartans were also 6-of-9 from 3-point territory (66.7 percent).
Kimberly Sparkman scored 19 points on 6-of-21 shooting for FAMU. She was 4-of-15 from 3-point range. Grice added 13 points and Jamie Forman had eight points and 11 rebounds for the Rattlers, who shot 24.7 percent (18-of-73) as a team.