ends regular season with loss
The Kentucky State University women's basketball team fell in the regular season finale to Tuskegee Monday, 66-52, in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action at the William Exum Center. (Post Game Interview)
Junior Jessie Kee (Indianapolis, IN) led the team with 14 points and six rebounds, while junior Amani Williams(Scotch Plains, NJ) added 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Senior Brooke Wallace (Oberlin, OH), who was limited to just 20 minutes due to foul trouble, pulled down a team-high eight boards.
It marked the final home game for seniors Wallace, Vinsetta Covington (Birmingham, AL) and Tara Jefferson(Milwaukee, WI)
After taking a two-point into the second period, Kentucky State was outscored 28-17 over the middle two quarters to trail 44-35 heading into the final stanza. Tuskegee scored eight of the final 10 points over the last four minutes of the third period.
The Thorobreds shot 40 percent in the first half, but couldn't maintain the sharp shooting in the second half - converting just 22.6 percent from the floor.
Kentucky State (13-13 overall, 6-11 SIAC), with both Central State and Spring Hill posting victories, will be the seventh seed in the West Division for the upcoming SIAC Tournament.
half explosion lifts MBB
Trailing by two points at halftime, the Kentucky State University men's basketball team exploded for 53 second-half points to record the 83-67 victory over Tuskegee in the regular season finale at the William Exum Center Monday.
Aggression was definitely the word of the day as the Thorobreds went to the line 42 times, making 32. Senior Ditalion Battle (Cincinnati, OH) was 13-of-14 from the line and senior Kevin Hayes (Detroit, MI) was6-of-10 from the charity stripe. Kentucky State converted 16 free throws in each half.
Battle had his fingerprints all over the 14-2 run early in the second half that gave KSU the lead for good. Back-to-back layups and then an assist on a dunk by senior Austin Sherrell (Detroit, MI) got the crowd and the' Breds rolling.
Another spurt, this one 12-4, gave Kentucky State its first double figure lead of the game as Battle scored eight of the 12 points.
Tuskegee got it deficit down to eight a couple of times, but each time the 'Breds had an answer.
The best moment of the night game with 37 seconds remaining when the senior class of Battle, Hayes, Sherrell and David Jelks (Conyers, GA) were subbed out for the final time at the Exum Center.
Battle finished with his third double-double of the season with 29 points and 10 rebounds, nine of the boards on the defensive end. He added three assists and one steal. Hayes finished with 18 points and three rebounds.
Jelks pulled down nine rebounds, while redshirt junior Felix Wilson (Lexington, KY) added nine points.
Kentucky State (13-13 overall, 11-7 SIAC) finishes tied for third place in the West Division with Lane, but the Dragons hold the tiebreaker, meaning the Thorobreds will be the fourth seed in the upcoming SIAC tournament.
|Eagles Set New Scoring High in Thriller over
|Bison Rally past NCCU with Big Fourth Quarter
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Junior guard Shontai Totten led the North Carolina Central University women’s basketball team with 15 points, five assists and two steals in an 80-70 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) road loss at Howard University Monday evening.
The Bison, who trailed after each of the first three quarters, outscored the Eagles 24-9 in the fourth quarter to secure the comeback victory. Howard improved to 14-11 overall and 7-5 in the league.
Totten matched junior Paulina Afriyie with 15 points to pace the maroon and gray. Sophomore Zaria Atkins followed with 14 points. Totten and Atkins each made three 3-pointers.Afriyie also contributed eight rebounds.
NCCU swished of its eight 3-point attempts in the first half (75%) to construct a 10-point lead at halftime (45-35). Totten paced the hot-shooting Eagles with a trio of made treys without a miss, while Atkins cashed in a pair of shots from beyond the arc. Totten and Atkins went into the halftime locker room leading all players with 11 points apiece.
A trifecta by sophomore Kieche White at the end of the third quarter kept NCCU ahead 61-56 after 30 minutes of play. White finished with nine points.
However, the Eagles did not make a field goal for the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter. The Bison went on a 16-2 run until Afriyie ended the drought with a layup with a little over two minutes left in regulation. NCCU shot just 14.3-percent in the final quarter to fall by 10.
Junior Sarah Edmond led the victors with 20 points and classmate Ayonna Williams made 8 of 10 free throws, including several down the stretch, to finish with 19 points. Sophomore Jayla Thornton and freshman Krislyn Marsh followed with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Marsh just missed a double-double with a team-high nine rebounds.
White finished with nine points. Freshman Kiyana Brown added eight points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds as NCCU outrebounded Howard by three (41-38).
NC Central (7-19, 4-9) returns home for Senior Day on Saturday against MEAC foe Savannah State University. The two Eagles will before the 2 p.m. tipoff
NCCU’s Miller Named MEAC Baseball Rookie of the Week
NORFOLK, Va. – North Carolina Central University freshman Ryan Miller (Blandon, Pa.) spun a gem in his inaugural collegiate start against Canisius, and he’s been rewarded by being named Mid-EasternAthletic Conference Rookie of the Week, the league office announced on Monday, Feb. 18.
Miller took the mound in the series finale against the Golden Griffins on Sunday, Feb. 17 and turned in five innings with 11 strikeouts and just two hits and two walks in a rain-shortened 9-0 shutout to clinch the series. In that start, Miller became the first freshman to throw 10 or more strikeouts in a game since Alex Weathers by against Moorehouse on Feb. 18, 2007.
This is Miller’s first career weekly award, and the first of the year for the Eagle program. NCCU will take the diamond again on Tuesday, Feb. 19 against Norfolk State at 2:00 p.m. at the Durham Athletic Park, and admission is free.
Chowan Swimming Receives Scholar All-American Honors
L. Charlotte Dinkins
COLORADO SPRINGS, Co.- The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has named 713 teams to its Scholar All-America list for the Fall of 2018 Semester. The teams represent 460 institutions from across all NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA Divisions. The CSCAA recognizes teams with the Scholar All-America Award for achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The women were named as a Division II Scholar All-American Team for the third semester straight, while the men make a first-time selection for the Blue and White.
The Hawks excelled in the pool and in the classroom to post a 3.25 team average for the women and a 3.19 team average on the men's side.
Chowan is joined by Conference Carolinas women's programs King, Converse and Emmanuel to earn a team selection.
Complete list of both men's and women's programs to earn the Academic Recognition clock here.
|Hawks Swim to a Victory on Senior
L. Charlotte Dinkins
|NCCU Baseball Cruises to Shutout Win Over
DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University exploded for five runs in the second inning and cruised to a rain-shortened 9-0 victory over Canisius College on Sunday in the Durham Athletic Park.
NCCU junior second baseman Trey Maslin collected two hits, including a three-run double in the second frame, to finish with four RBI, while freshman centerfielder Nick Fajardoadded a pair of hits with a walk and two runs scored for the Eagles.
NCCU freshman starting pitcher Ryan Miller threw five scoreless innings, striking out 11 of the 17 batters he faced and allowing just two hits to pick up an impressive victory in his first college outing.
Canisuis (1-2) shortstop Conner Morro had one of the team’s two hits on Sunday, finishing the three-game weekend series batting 5-for-10.
The contest was called after 5.1 innings due to rain.
NCCU (2-1) returns home on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. versus Norfolk State University at Durham Athletic Park. Admission is free.
MBB Maurice Williams
| Rams Stay Undefeated with 9-2 Win Over
Davis & Elkins
WSSU notches ninth straight win with strong defense
WINSTON-SALEM, NC – The Winston-Salem State Rams (9-0) continued their best start since the program’s revival when they took a 9-2 win over the Davis & Elkins Senators (0-4), Sunday afternoon. The Rams puton a great defensive performance to claim the win as they held the Senators to just two runs in the game.
The Rams also had a great performance at the plate. As a team, the Rams totaled 10 hits and benefitted from a pair of Senator errors. WSSU junior Cole Parks had the best performance with a two-for-four batting performance with a home run and four RBI. Freshman Nick Ward added a two-for-two batting effort with two RBI.
WSSU did the bulk of its damage early with three runs in first and second innings respectively. The team added two more fourth inning runs and one in the fifth inning to claim the win.
WSSU sophomore Tyrese Hearst (2-0) got the pitching win. He started the game and went five full innings. He finished the game with no runs allowed on one hit with seven strikeouts. Senior Tomas Goco came in for the final two innings. He finished the game with two runs allowed (two earned) with a strikeout.
With the win, the Rams improve to 9-0 overall. The team will hit the road for their next action as they will head to Kannapolis, N.C. to face the Queens (N.C.) Royals, Wednesday evening. For more information on Rams baseball, log on to www.WSSURams.com.
|Rams Break Out for an 18-1 Win Over Davis & Elkins
WSSU notches 10 hits in eighth straight win
Miscues Haunt Hawks In Finale With Lions
Panthers Bounce Back to Win at Lincoln
Virginia Union University's Shareka McNeill tied her career high with 36 points as the Lady Panthers downed Lincoln University of Pennsylvania 81-56 on Saturday, February 16, in Lincoln University, Pa.
McNeill hit a season-high seven three-pointers as VUU notched its 22nd win of the season.
"It was a great game," said VUU Head Coach Ann Marie Gilbert." We know that Lincoln is a little depleted because they're struggling with some injuries right now, but they're really playing really tough basketball. They just came off a win over Elizabeth City State University, so we know they're very capable of putting up points. Their point guard and their off guard are two super-talented guards who helped with scoring quite well, but our defense really did the job tonight."
VUU held the Lions to 6-of-30 field goal shooting in the first half as the Lady Panthers surged to a 37-18 halftime lead. Lincoln scored just eight points in the second quarter.
Virginia Union's Bianca Lockamy scored 16 points while Rejoice Spivey added 12 points. VUU's Jasmine Carter led the Lady Panthers with 14 rebounds.
The win raised VUU's record to 22-2 overall and 13-2 in the CIAA. The Lady Panthers are now 7-1 in the Northern Division of the CIAA and can clinch their fourth straight Northern Division championship with one more win.
Lincoln fell to 14-12 overall and 8-7 in CIAA play.
Virginia Union wraps up the 2018-19 home season when it faces Elizabeth City State at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, at Barco-Stevens Hall in Richmond, Va.
Bounces Back Behind Jenkins & Leach
Virginia Union University's Will Jenkins recorded his 12th double-double of the season by scoring 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds as VUU defeated Lincoln University of Pennsylvania 85-64 on Saturday, February 16, in Lincoln University, Pa.
VUU's Terrell Leach led the Panthers in scoring with 28 points while Eric Bowles added 15 points.
"It was a good road win for us," VUU Head Men's Basketball Coach Jay Butler said. "We were able to bounce back and get that win after a tough loss against Bowie State. I thought that defensively we came out and played strong. A lot of guys stepped up, came off the bench and played extremely well for us today."
Bowles also dished out a season-high eight assists to go with his scoring.
The win raised VUU's record to 16-10 overall and 11-4 in CIAA play. Lincoln fell to 13-13 overall and 6-9 in the CIAA.
Virginia Union now wraps up the 2018-19 home season when it faces Elizabeth City State University at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, at Barco-Stevens Hall in Richmond, Va.
put stamp on Senior Day
The Kentucky State University senior class accounted for all but nine points as the Thorobreds posted the 72-57 upset victory over West Division champions Miles Saturday in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action at the William Exum Center.
Three players in double figures as KSUfall
Three players reached double figures, but the Kentucky State University women's basketball team fell to Miles Saturday, 63-55, in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action at the William Exum Center.
|Baseball: NC Central 9, Canisius ) (5.1 innings -
North Carolina Central University exploded for five runs in the second inning and cruised to a rain-shortened 9-0 victory over Canisius College on Sunday in the Durham Athletic Park.
NCCU junior Trey Maslin collected two hits, including a three-run double, to finish with four RBI, while freshman Nick Fajardo added a pair of hits for the Eagles.
NCCU freshman starting pitcher Ryan Miller amassed 11 strikeouts in five scoreless innings to pick up an impressive victory in his first college outing.
The contest was called after 5.1 innings due to rain.
NCCU (2-1) returns home on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 4 p.m. versus Norfolk State University at Durham Athletic Park. Admission is free.
|PIRATES CAPTURE BIG SOUTH TITLE
LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Hampton University men’s indoor track and field team came back after a fourth-place standing following day one of the 2019 Big South Conference Championship to win the team title scoring 169 points.
Campbell finished a close second with 160 points, while High Point stood third with 130 points. Charleston Southern finished the meet with 110 points, followed by USC Upstate in fifth with 36 points. Winthrop is in sixth with 32 points and UNC Asheville finished in seventh with 21 points.
The championship was the first one for Hampton as members of the Big South and also became only the second school in the history of the conference to win the title on the men’s side. Liberty had won the previous titles from 1999-2018.
After the mile run, Hampton got on the scoreboard taking four of the top seven spots in the 60 hurdles to earn 22 points. Dylan Beard won the event in 7.95 with Charles Graham taking third (8.06) and Jaelen Williams in fourth (8.16) while Jerrick Powell took seventh in 8.48.
In the 400 meters, Hampton put up 27 points as Williams won the event in 47.92 to edge out Powell who ran 47.95. Moffat Wanjiru took fourth in 49.26 and Derrick Price was fifth in 49.37. Beard added a fifth in the 60 meters for four points running 6.99.
The 800 meters saw Hampton put up 16 points with Tayvon Burris winning in 1:52.49 and Geoffrey McCullough taking third in 1:54.08. The Pirates got 25 points in the 200 meters as four Pirates finished in the top seven with Wanjiru winning in 21.60 to edge out Powell (21.63). Douglas Sessoms took fourth in 21.9 and Price ran 22.22 for seventh place.
In the heptathlon, Hampton went 3-4-5 behind Trey Clark taking third (4,557 points), Jordan Walker in fourth (4,338) and Isaiah Norris in fifth (4.231).
The field events on Saturday saw Hampton take three spots in the high jump as Powell was third in 1.95 meters, Walker was fifth in 1.90 meters and Williams was in seventh in 1.90 meters. Powell (13.87 meters) and Williams (13.67) took fifth and seventh respectively in the triple jump.
Joshua Hunter took third in the weight throw with a school record toss of 17.21 meters and Nicholas Edwards grabbed seventh in 15.56 meters.
In the 4x400 relay, Price, Wanjiru, Powell and Williams ran 3:16.08 to take the title in the final event of the day.
This marks the fifth conference indoor track and field championship for Hampton as the Pirates won the MEAC in 1999, 2000, 2003 and 2014. Head coach Maurice Pierce was named Coach of the Year for the second time in his career for the men. Powell, who accounted for 34 points and earned five medals in the meet, was named Field Performer of the Meet.
For more information on Hampton University men’s indoor track and field, visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com
LADY PIRATES TAKE BIG SOUTH CROWN
LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Hampton University Lady Pirates indoor track and field team made it a sweep on Saturday as they took their first-ever Big South Conference Indoor Championship in the meet held at Liberty University.
Hampton scored 162.50 points to edge out High Point with 159, while Charleston Southern took third with 95 points. Campbell finished in the fourth spot with 77 points, Radford finished in fifth with 52, and USC Upstate is sixth with44 points. Gardner-Webb finished in seventh with 32 points, while Winthrop stands eighth with 21 points and UNC Asheville rounds out the standings at ninth with 18.5 points.
The Lady Pirates got on the board on Saturday with a 1-3-6 finish in the 60 hurdles as Autumn Smith won the race in 8.55 with Mallory Pitchford coming in third (8.71) and Kaitiln Scott in sixth (9.01).for a total of 19 points.
In the 400 meters, Sashana Hinds took second in 57.25 and Smith came in fourth in 57.68 to give Hampton 13 points. The 60 meters gave Hampton another nine points as Pitchford took second in 7.59 and Isis Brooks was seventh in 7.65.
DeVonya Brown took seventh in the 800 (2:23.66) and Shakeira Johnson was eighth in 2:26.90 for three points. The 200 meters gave Hampton 20 points with Pitchford (24.51) edging out Brooks (24.52) for first while Asha Copeland was seventh in 25.56.
The field events saw Hampton set a couple school marks. In the weight throw, Hampton went 1-2 and set a school record as Corneisha Mitchell won it in 18.68 meters with Ayana Culhane taking second in 18.27. Culhane set a school record on Friday in the shot put with a toss of 14.58 meters.
Kameryn Trussell was fourth in the triple jump (11.47 meters) and Smith was sixth (11.30) for eight more points.
In the 4x400 relay, Jaelen Leonard, Smith, Alysha Evans and Hinds took second in 3:51.71 to ice the team win finishing ahead of High Point who was third.
Head Coach Maurice Pierce was named Coach of the Year for the first time in the Big South and has a share of a Coach of the Year title now 15 times. The Lady Pirates won the MEAC title 2001, 2003-07, a share in 2008, 2009, 2011-16.
Culhane was named to the Big South Conference All-Academic team at the conclusion of the meet.
For more information on Hampton University women’s indoor track and field, please contact the Office of Sports Information at 757-727-5757 or visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com
WOMEN DROP BIG SOUTH OPENER AT PRESBYTERIAN
CLINTON, S.C. -- The Hampton University women’s tennis team dropped their Big South opener on Saturday morning to Presbyterian 4-0 at the Templeton Tennis Courts.
Presbyterian won the doubles point winning 6-2 at line one and 6-1 at line three. Hampton was trailing 4-3 at line two when the doubles point was clinched. In singles, Presbyterian won at line two, three and six to clinch the match.
Hampton (0-3, 0-1) returns to action on Saturday hosting Radford at 11 am.
For more information on Hampton University women’s tennis, visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
MEN’S TENNIS DROPS CONFERENCE MATCH AT PRESBYTERIAN
CLINTON, S.C. – The Hampton University men’s tennis team fell 7-0 on Saturday at Presbyterian in a Big South Conference matchup.
The Blue Hose took the doubles point winning at line three by forfeit and line one 6-2. Luke Thompson and Davy van Geerke were leading 4-2 at line two when the doubles point was clinched.
In singles, Charles Hudson lost a third-set tie breaker to lose his match 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 at line three in the final match of the day.
Hampton returns to action on Tuesday hosting Radford at 11:30 am at Virginia Beach Tennis and Country Club.
For more information on Hampton University men’s tennis, visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
SOFTBALL FALLS IN SLUGFEST WITH ELON 9-7
ELON, N.C. – Hampton University softball team concluded its action in the Elon February Tournament on Saturday dropping a 9-7 decision to the host Phoenix.
After giving up three runs in the first and second innings, Hampton got on the scoreboard with four runs in the fifth inning. Behind a two-run triple by DaSha Hill and a two-run blast by Taylor Warrick.
In the sixth, Hampton got another run as Janae Lyles opened the inning with a solo blast to get Hampton to 6-5. Elon took a 9-5 lead after another three-spot in the sixth, but Hampton got a pair of runs in the top of the seventh. With one out, Hill singled and stole second before scoring on an error. Warrick walked, went to second on the error and to third on a Janae Lyles single before scoring on a Joya Greer fielders choice.
Hill and Lyles were 2-for-4 as Hill scored twice and Lyles had a solo homerun, while Warrick was 1-3 with a two-run home run. Allyson Babinsack took the loss after giving up six runs in the first two innings.
Hampton starts a month-long home stand with the Pirate-Spartan Classic #1 this coming weekend with Cebntral Connecticut State, Morehead State, St. Bonaventure and Mount St. Mary’s. Hampton will face Morehead State on Friday at 2:30 pm.
For more information on Hampton University softball, visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
LADY PIRATES STUMBLE IN LOSS TO CSU
HAMPTON, Va. – A 25-13 third quarter proved to be the difference on Saturday afternoon as Hampton dropped a 72-57 women’s basketball game to Charleston Southern at home.
An even first half saw Hampton take what turned into its final lead on a steal and layup by Ashley Bates with 1:43 left to lead 28-26. A layup by Wekyne Dunmore at the 1:36 mark evened the game at 28 heading into halftime.
A Kaylah Lupoe layup 33 seconds into the third leveled the game for the final time at 30-all. The guests scored the next eight points and eventually got the lead to 53-41 at the end of the third on a layup by Breannah Bretches with seven seconds left in the quarter.
In the fourth, the lead grew to 17 points on a Rachel Burns jumper with 7:18 left to lead 58-41. Hampton used a 16-5 run to trim the lead to 63-57 with 2:24 left on a Lupoe layup but that finished the scoring for Hampton.
Larne VanArsdale was the leading scorer for Hampton with 23 points and four steals, while Ashley Bates had 11 points, four assists and four steals for the lone double figure scorers for Hampton. Lupoe and LaShayla Wright-Ponder blocked three shots apiece.
With her four steals today, Bates moved into a tie for eighth-place on the single-season steals list for the Big South Conference with 99. She is seven steals from cracking into the Hampton University top five in a single season.
Hampton now goes on the road for the next three games starting on Tuesday night at Gardner-Webb.
For more information on Hampton University women’s basketball, visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
MEN FALL IN OT TO HIGH POINT
HAMPTON, Va. – Junior Jermaine Marrow scored a career-best 40 points and senior Kalin Fisher added 27 as Hampton dropped an 86-81 decision to High Point on Saturday night.
The Pirates held a 11-point lead with just under five minutes left on a layup by Marrow to lead 57-46 with 4:54 left. High Point rallied and tied the game at 66 on a Jahad Proctor 3-pointer with 15 seconds left. The Panthers nearly pulled a miracle comeback in regulation but a Proctor 3-ball at the horn bounced off the rim for overtime.
In the extra session, Marrow scored 10 points including the last eight as Hampton gave up the first five points and trailed 81-73 with 31 seconds left on a Ricky Madison free throw. Marrow scored eight points in a 10 second span to get Hampton to 84-81 on a 3-pointer with seven seconds left but a pair of Tim Cameron free throws with three seconds iced the win.
With his 40 points, Marrow moved up three slots on the all-time scoring list for Hampton into fourth place with 1,766 points and became the first Pirate to score 40 points in a game since JaFonde Williams had 43 vs. Maine on Jan. 29,1996. He is now 35 from becoming the school’s all-time Division I era scoring leader.
Fisher moved into the top ten on the single season steals list with 56 after his two on Saturday. He accounted for four of Hampton’s six 3-pointers on the day.
The Pirates are home again on Thursday with Longwood starting at 7 pm.
For more information on Hampton University men’s basketball visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.