MEAC ANNOUNCES WEEKLY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HONORS
Jeff Cunningham  Picture courtesy MEAC
NORFOLK, Va., Feb. 11, 2020—Norfolk State redshirt senior La’Deja James and Bethune-Cookman graduate student Ashanti Hunt were selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Basketball Co-Players of the Week, the conference office announced today. Norfolk State’s Cam Platt-Morris was named Rookie of the Week, while Coppin State sophomore E’Mya Price and North Carolina Central senior Paulina Afriyie shared Defensive Player of the Week honors.    link

Saturday’s MEAC Scores
 
Jeff Cunningham

Bethune-Cookman 62, Maryland Eastern Shore 53
Coppin State 61, South Carolina State 42
Delaware State 61, Florida A&M 53
Norfolk State 64, Morgan State 57
North Carolina Central 86, North Carolina A&T State 80 (2 OT)
Bethune-Cookman 62, Maryland Eastern Shore 53

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- Amaya Scott double-doubled with 22 points and 10 rebounds as Bethune-Cookman won its 10th straight with a 62-53 victory at Maryland-Eastern Shore Saturday afternoon.

The junior was 10-for-11 from the field as she finished one point shy of her career high in recording her sixth double-double of the season and third in the past five games.

Daniella Hatcher added 11 as the Lady Wildcats, who trailed 32-29 at halftime, used a 12-1 run to turn a 37-36 deficit into a 49-40 lead at the end of the third quarter. UMES (5-18, 2-8 MEAC) made just three of 17 field goal attempts in the period.

Ciara Thompson had five points for B-CU, Kiana Williams four points, five rebounds and seven assists and Ashanti Hunt seven rebounds.

Adrienne Jones scored 13 points for the Lady Hawks, who used a 6-0 run to take the halftime lead.

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Coppin State 61, South Carolina State 42

ORANGEBURG, S.C. -- Coppin State's Chance Graham scored a game-high 21 points while making 10 of 14 free throws in a 61-42 victory at South Carolina State on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles have now won two-straight games.

Oluwadamilola  Oloyede was also in double figures for Coppin, finishing with 12 points while Alexandria Hamilton added nine points off the bench.

The Eagles led 14-13 after the first quarter, closing the period on a 10-2 run. They outscored South Carolina State, 19-9 in the second to take a 33-22 lead to the half. After laying virtually even in the third quarter, Coppin pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the hosts 13-6.

Jacquese Alston scored 11 points to lead the Bulldogs.

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Delaware State 61, Florida A&M 53

DOVER, Del. -- Delaware State won on Saturday against conference opponent Florida A&M, 61-53.

The Lady Hornets improved to 11-12 overall and 7-3 in the MEAC. This is the best start for Delaware State in the MEAC since the 2008-09 season, when that team went 11-2 to start conference play.

The Lady Hornets also snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Rattlers, defeating Florida A&M for the first time since a 57-53 victory during the 2012-13 campaign. The Lady Hornets topped the Rattlers in Memorial Hall for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

Tierra Floyd stuffed the stat sheet with a team high 13 points, five rebounds, five steals and three blocks. DeMaurea Moore and Lyric Turner scored nine points each.

Florida A&M made just 22 of 56 shots (39.3 percent), including 5 of 19 (26.3 percent) from beyond the arc.

Shalaunda Burney-Robinson has 26 points and 21 rebounds for the Lady Rattlers, both game highs.

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Norfolk State 64, Morgan State 57

NORFOLK, Va. -- Norfolk State defeated Morgan State 64-57 on Saturday evening in Echols Hall, taking a late lead following La'Deja James' go-ahead layup with 1:28 left in the game.

With the win, the Spartans 9-1 conference record is now their best 10-game start since joining the MEAC.

Both teams entered the final quarter with the score tied 48-48. It was a back-and-forth quarter, with the Bears (12-13, 8-4 MEAC) taking a 56-54 lead following a Chelsea Mitchell jumper with 3:25 left in regulation. Following a Mikaela Jones free throw, theSpartans (15-8, 9-1 MEAC) forced a turnover on the next Morgan State possession.

James answered with a layup to put the Spartans up 57-56 with 1:28 left in regulation, a lead Norfolk State would not relinquish the rest of the game.

The Spartans had three scorers in double-figures, with James' 22 points leading the way. Chanette Hicks finished with 13 points, while adding three rebounds, six assists and five steals. Blaire Thomas scored 16 and came away with six rebounds.

Jones was just shy of a double-double, with eight points and nine rebounds.

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North Carolina Central 86, North Carolina A&T State 80 (2 OT)

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- After missing potential game-winning shots in the final seconds of regulation and the first overtime, North Carolina Central finally pulled away for an 86-80 double overtime win over host and archrival North Carolina A&T State Saturday afternoon in the Corbett Sports Center.

The Eagles received big performances from their top three scorers.

Junior guard Kieche White led NCCU with a season-high scoring performance for a second straight contest, bucketing 27 points. White made half of her field goal attempts (9-for-18) and 70 percent (7-for-10) of her free throw attempts, including two free throws with 3:17 left in the second overtime to push the Eagles ahead for good.

Freshman wing Anissa Rivera filled up the box score, tallying a career-high 26 points to go along with 12 rebounds, five steals and four blocks. Senior forward Paulina Afriyie also netted a double-double with 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

Cinia McCray led the Aggies with 22 points, including four 3-pointers. Junior Deja Winters made a game-high five 3-pointers on the way to 19 points. Jayla Jones-Pack was a third double-digit scorer for the Aggies with 10 points.

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Monday’s MEAC Schedule
Bethune-Cookman at Delaware State, 5:30 p.m.
Coppin State at Norfolk State, 5:30 p.m.
Florida A&M at Maryland Eastern Shore, 5:30 p.m.
Morgan State at South Carolina State, 5:30 p.m.
 

Eagles Outlast Aggies in Double Overtime

Kevin Buczek   Picture courtesy NCCU
PICTURED: NCCU freshman Anissa Rivera – who notched a career-high 26 points and 12 rebounds, five steals and four blocks in Saturday’s double OT win – battling the Aggies for position on the court (by Kevin Dorsey)
NOTES: NCAA box score with play-by-play attached.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — After missing potential game-winning shots in the final seconds of regulation and the first overtime, the North Carolina Central University women’s basketball team finally pulled awayfor an 86-80 double overtime win over host and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) archrival North Carolina A&T State University Saturday afternoon in the Corbett Sports Center.

The Eagles received big performances from their top three scorers.

Junior guard Kieche White led NCCU with a season-high scoring performance for a second straight contest, bucketing 27 points. White made half of her field goal attempts(9-18) and 70-percent (7-10) of her free throw attempts, including two free throws with 3:17 left in the second overtime to push the Eagles ahead for good.

Freshman wing Anissa Rivera filled up the box score, tallying a career-high 26 points to go along with 12 rebounds, five steals and four blocks. Senior forward Paulina Afriyie also netted a double-double with 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

White and Rivera accounted for 18 of NCCU’s 21 points in the two overtime periods with 10 and eight points, respectively. Rivera posted her fifth double-double of the season. Afriyie, who has scored in double digits in all 11 MEAC clashes so far, leads the Eagles with nine double doubles on the campaign and 26 in her career.

Afriyie scored the first basket of the game with a layup and the Eagles led throughout the first three quarters.

NCCU shot 75-percent (9-12) in the first quarter, including making eight of its first nine shots (88.9%) to pull out to its largest lead of 10 points. White, who scored six points in the opening run, capped the opening surge with a jumper that put the visitors ahead 18-8 at the 2:45 mark of the first quarter.

The Aggies were able to close the deficit several times, but the Eagles still maintained six-point leads at the end of the first three quarters: 21-15 through 10 minutes,34-28 at halftime and 57-51 after three quarters. North Carolina A&T got as close as two points, 24-22, early in the second quarter on a layup by junior Jayla Jones-Pack, but NCCU outscored the Aggies 10-6 for the rest of the period, including a couple hoops by Afriyie.

White and Afriyie paced the maroon and gray at the intermission with nine points apiece. NCCU finished the half firing at 54.2-percent (13-24) precision from the field.

NC Central’s cushion swelled back up to as many as 10 points on two occasions in the third quarter. However, the Aggies used the 3-ball to rally down the stretch. N.C. A&T made 13 treys in the game and the Aggies eight 3-pointer in the second half by senior Cinia McCray gave the Aggies their first lead with just 3:14 left in in the fourth quarter. The hosts maintained a two-point edge going into the final two minutes, but Rivera made a layup at the 1:16 mark for the only basket down the stretch to level the score.

Rivera’s old-fashion 3-point play at the end of the shot clock with 2:51 left in the first 5-minute overtime period put NCCU ahead by five points, 70-65. The Aggies hita couple more 3-pointers to rally back and once again found themselves leading by two points late like in regulation. White had the Eagles response this time with a layup with just 63 seconds left to even the score.

Both teams were again held scoreless in the final minute to send the clash into a second overtime.

The Aggies held a brief 76-75 edge in the second OT on their 13th and final trifecta, but NCCU followed with eight straight points to take over. After White scored the first four points, Rivera hit a dagger 3-pointer to highlight the final surge. It was only the third 3-pointer for NCCU compared to the 13 by the N.C. A&T.

The Eagles took advantage of foul trouble by the NCAT post players by outrebounding the Aggies, 51-41, and outscoring them 42-30 in the paint.

Junior Zaria Atkins chipped in seven points, five rebounds and game-high totals of seven assists and six steals for the victors.

McCray led North Carolina A&T with 22 points, including four 3-pointers. Junior Deja Winters made a game-high five 3-pointers on the way to 19 points. Jones-Pack was a third double-digit scorer for the Aggies with 10 points.

NC Central returns home to host MEAC foe University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Senior Day this coming Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2:00 p.m.