|Taylor, Williams Combine To Lead Bethune Cookman To Win Over S.C. State||< All News|
|Tuesday, March 11, 2014|
NORFOLK, Va. --- Chastity Rene Taylor and Kailyn Williams each scored 19 points to lead Bethune-Cookman to a 64-55 win over South Carolina State in the opening round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament at the Norfolk Scope.
The Lady Wildcats (12-17), the Number 7 seed, advance to the quarterfinal round where they will meet North Carolina A&T, the Number 2 seed on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m.
The two teams battled back and forth in a slugfest the first 20 minutes, with each holding a slim lead at one points. The Lady Bulldogs (7-20), the Number 10 seed, held a 28-27 halftime advantage on the strength of 10 points by Kourtney Williams. Taylor led Bethune-Cookman with 11 points in the first stanza.
The game continued to be close through most of the second half with the Lady Wildcats holding onto a slim lead. Then Taylor and Williams helped their team flex as they combined for 10 points during an 11-3 run over a four-minute stretch to all but put away the Lady Bulldogs. After shooting only 35 percent from the floor in the first half, Bethune-Cookman hit on 50 percent (10 of 20) of its shots while also converting on 16 of 21 from the free throw line.
“It was such a slow paced game, a half-court game that really wasn’t in our favor,” said Bethune-Cookman head coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis. “Because of what they were doing, we attacked the basket more and got to the hole. That created a lot of fouls and it helped us pull away.”
South Carolina State had problems getting any flow on offense and ended up shooting only 33 percent in the second half.
“I thought that today we played about 32 minutes of solid basketball,” said S.C. State coach Doug Robertson. “We had some breakdowns throughout the first half, but we were able to sustain long enough in order to stay at a comfortable pace where I wanted us to be. It was just the second half that we broke down in a few areas and that hurt us.”
The Lady Bulldogs were led by Kourtney Williams, who led all scorers with 23 and Mykala, who tallied 11 off the bench.
In addition to Taylor and Williams’ 19 for Bethune-Cookman, Taylor Houston contributed 11. Williams and Kayla Crawford each grabbed 10 rebounds.