|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.
MEAC ANNOUNCES WEEKLY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HONORS
Saturday’s MEAC Scores
|MEAC ANNOUNCES WEEKLY MEN’S BASKETBALL HONORS
|U.S. Record-Holder Ajee’ Wilson to Speak at
NCCU T&F Banquet
Special Guest: Legendary Track & Field
Coach George Williams
|SOFTBALL SPLITS DAY ONE AT ECU
GREENVILLE, N.C. – The Hampton Lady Pirates split action in day one of the East Carolina Pirate Clash defeating George Washington 10-2 in six innings and losing to the host East Carolina Pirates 3-1.
Jackie Gonzalez, Emily Kepple, and Brianna Anderson all had two hits each, Anderson also had three RBIs in the Lady Pirates early morning win over George Washington 10-2.
After being tied at the end of the first inning Hampton took over by scoring three runs in the second inning for a 4-1 lead. Then in the fifth inning Hampton scored two runs, although allowing one run by George Washington they would close out the game by scoring four runs the seal the deal in the last inning.
Noelle Doan got the win with 6.0 innings and five strikeouts. Janae Lyles, Lexi Lomax, and Mo’Ne Davis also had hits. Davis also finished with an RBI as well as Skylar Chavez and Tiera Washington.
In game two, East Carolina got on the board with a run in the first and then two unearned runs in the third to lead 3-0. Hampton pushed a run across in the seventh on a two-out single by Janae Lyles scoring Skyar Chavez who started the inning with a walk.
Hampton will play two more on Saturday facing George Washington and DePaul.
For more information on Hampton University softball, please contact the Office of Sports Information at 757-727-5757 or visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
HOST PIRATES SWEEP MEN’S TENNIS
GREENVILLE, N.C. – The host East Carolina Pirates took the doubles point before sweeping the six singles matches as they defeated Hampton 7-0 on Friday afternoon.
In doubles, the Hampton Pirates pushed lines one and two losing 6-4 sets with Matthew Foster-Estwick and Cliff Dwyer at line one and the tandem of Davy VanGeerke and Fernando Fernandes at line two.
Foster-Estwick pushed Agustin Tamagnone at line two singles losing a three-set tiebreaker winning the first set 7-6 (7-5), then losing a second set tiebreaker 7-4 and the third set super breaker 10-5.
Hampton is now off until February 21 when they start a Big South weekend visiting Winthrop.
SOFTBALL SWEEPS DAY TWO AT ECU
GREENVILLE, N.C. – The Hampton softball team swept a pair of games in day two of the East Carolina Pirate Clash on Saturday defeating George Washington 10-3 and DePaul 4-3.
In game one, Tiera Washington was 2-fpr-3 with three runs driven in and Skylar Chavez was 3-for-3 with three runs scored as the Lady Pirates defeated George Washington.
A two-run double for Washington got the Lady Pirates on the board in the bottom of the first to score Jacki Gonzalez and Chavez who singled and walked respectively. Washington scored as Kiaya Jeusi reached on a fielder’s choice to lead3-0.
Hampton pushed another run across in the second as Chavez singled, stole second, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a Jeusi single.
The Pirates broke the game open in the fourth with four runs as Chavez drove in Mo’ne Davis and Brianna Anderson. Chavez scored on a double by Washington and she scored on a single through the right side by Emily Kepple to lead 8-0 after four.
The Colonials scored twice in the top of the fifth and Hampton answered with one in the home half of the inning, but Hampton answered with one in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Brianna Anderson walked and went to third as Davis reached on an error. Davis was caught stealing in a rundown that lasted long enough for Anderson to score and put Hampton up 9-2.
George Washington scored again in the top of the sixth and Hampton responded with another one in the bottom of the inning. Gonzalez and Chaves each singled and advanced as Washington walked. She scored on a wild pitch for a 10-3 advantage.
Kennedy Hickey earned the win throwing three innings and allowing four hits for Hampton. Noelle Doan finished the game throwing four innings and striking out two. Gonzalez was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Kepple was 2-for-4 with one RBI.
The nightcap saw Hampton take on DePaul and score a 4-3 win.
Hampton scored an unearned run in the top of the first as with one out, Washington singled to advance Chavez who was hit by a pitch. Both advanced a base on a groundout and Chavez scored as Kiaya Jeusi reached on an error.
The Lady Pirates pushed the lead to 3-0 in the second as Lexi Lomax walked and went to second on a single by Anderson. After a Davis sacrifice, Gonzalez scored both with a single down the left field line to lead 3-0.
DePaul scratched two across in the second and Hampton responded with a run in the top of the third. Doubles in the inning by Janae Lyles and Anderson gave the Lady Pirates a 4-1 lead.
Noelle Doan took the win throwing a complete game allowing five hits and striking out four. Washington was 2-for-4 and Anderson was 2-for-3 in the second game for Hampton.
The Lady Pirates finish off the East Carolina Pirate Clash on Sunday morning facing DePaul again at 9 am.
LADY PIRATES SET SCHOOL RECORD IN 90-76 WIN AT LONGWOOD
Hampton 22-22 free throws to put away Lancers
FARMVILLE, Va. – Sophomore Laren VanArsdale scored a season high 31 points to lead three in double figures on Saturday as Hampton put away Longwood 90-76 in a key Big South Conference matchup.
On the game, Hampton was 22-of-22 from the foul line to set a school record for single-game free throw percentage. The previous most in a game, without a miss, was 21 last year in a home win over Presbyterian. The 22 makes was one off the Big South single-game record of 23.
Both teams combined to hit 37-of-37 from the foul line to set an NCAA record for highest combined free throw percentage, with at least 30 makes.
The win for head coach David Six ties him with Hank Ford for the most career coaching wins for Hampton University basketball with 228.
Longwood jumped out to an early as a pair of Mallory Odell free throws put the hosts up 17-12 with 2:23 left. Hampton closed the quarter scoring the last nine points to lead 21-17 after a pair of Nylah Young free throws with 47 seconds left.
That run continued into the second quarter as Hampton scored the first ten points to lead 31-17 after a pair of free throws and a 3-pointer by VanArsdale with 7:24 left in the half.
Longwood trimmed the lead to 50-43 with 4:17 left on a pair of Tra’dayja Smith which was as close as they got. Hampton pushed the lead to 18 points on a pair of VanArsdale free throws to lead 81-63 with 2:54 left.
Joining VanArsdale in double figures was Young with her eighth double-double of the year with 22 points and 10 rebounds. MaKayla Timmons added 17 points and five assists as Hampton (14-10, 10-5) who was 30-of-68 from the field (44.1%),8-of-19 from 3-point range (42.1%) and outrebounded Longwood 37-33.
Hampton now visits USC Upstate on Tuesday night for a 6pm tip.
SECOND HALF RUN DOOMS PIRATES AT LONGWOOD
FARMVILLE, Va. – A 9-0 run over a 2:35 span of the second half proved to be the difference as Longwood defeated Hampton 76-68 on Saturday night.
Hampton jumped out to an early 14-7 lead on a pair of Greg Heckstall free throws with 13:49 left. Longwood then ripped off a 13-2 run to lead 20-16 at the 10:03 mark on a 3-pointer by Lorenzo Phillips.
The Lancers then saw Hampton respond to lead 25-24 after a 3-ball by Heckstall with six minutes left. Longwood got the lead back to 36-30 with a jumper by Jaylon Wilson and Hampton cut it in half on a 3-ball by Chris Shelton as the Pirates trailed 36-33 at half.
Longwood held a 48-40 lead on a pair of Wilson free throws at the 15:13 mark, but saw that lead vanish on the heels of a Ben Stanley dunk with 11:42 left to even the game at 48. Three-pointers by Jashaun Smith, DeShaun Wade and Wilsonpushed the hosts up 57-48
Stanley and Jermaine Marrow paced Hampton (111-5, 6-7) with 21 points each, while Stanley had a team-high 10 rebounds and Marrow dished out six assists.
Hampton now hosts Gardner-Webb on Thursday night at 7 pm.
For more information on Hampton University men’s basketball, please contact the Office of Sports Information at 757-727-5757 or visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.