|MEAC Basketball Tournament: Women's Recap||< All News|
|Wednesday, March 13, 2013|
Hampton Advances To Friday's Semifinal With Victory Over Delaware State
Norfolk, Va., March 13, 2013 - Alyssa Bennett and Olivia Allen each scored a game-high 13 points and Keira Avant added 11 to lead Hampton to a convincing 63-28 win over Delaware State in the quarterfinal round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament at the Scope Arena. The Lady Pirates (26-5), the number one seed, will take on the winner of the Coppin State/South Carolina State quarterfinal game in Friday's semifinal match-up noon.
The three-time defending MEAC tournament champion and two-time regular season champion showed why they are second nationally in defense in Division I basketball as they established their dominance from the opening tip. After the Lady Hornets (10-21), the nine seed, tied the score at 4-4, Hampton reeled off an impressive 13-0 run over a five-minute stretch that all but decided the outcome.
Allen, Bennett and Avant were able to get most of their points, courtesy of some stifling defensive pressure that forced turnovers and made life miserable for a young and inexperienced Delaware State team. The Lady Hornets missed 19 of their first 25 shots and turned the ball over 17 times.
Hampton utilized its bench liberally and the team hardly missed a beat as eight different players scored en route to a 37-12 halftime lead.
"Defensively, we played really well," said Hampton Coach David Six, the MEAC Coach of the Year. "That is something that we pride ourselves on. The plan was to come out focused and ready to play and get this game out of the way."
It was more of the same in the second half as Hampton converted turnovers into easy points. For the game, the Lady Pirates held a sizeable advantage in points-off-turnovers, 26-2 and in second chance opportunities, 17-6.
"We were outplayed by a better team," said Delaware State Coach Tamika Lewis. "They played extremely hard. There's a reason why Hampton is the top team in our conference. Their defense kept us from getting into a rhythm offensively."
Avant, the 2012-2013 MEAC Player of the Year, just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. Bennett, the 2012-2013 MEAC Defensive Player of the Year, was 6-of-11 from the field for her 13 points.
The Lady Hornets, who advanced to this round following a 55-44 win over Bethune Cookman in the first round, were led by Tierra Hawkins with 12 points and Keyanna Tate, who came off the bench to grab a game-high 10 rebounds.
North Carolina A&T Advances To Semifinal Round With Win Over Norfolk State
Norfolk, Va. - North Carolina A&T bolted out to an early 8-0 lead en route to a 78-47 win over Norfolk State in the quarterfinal round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament at the Scope Arena. The Lady Aggies (22-8), the number two seed, advance to Friday's semifinal round against the winner of the Howard/Morgan State quarterfinal match-up. The game will tip off at 2:30 p.m.
Eboni Ross, Tracy King and Amber Calvin combined to score 28 of North Carolina A&T's first half points as the Lady Aggies led 42-17 at intermission.
North Carolina A&T forced 15 Norfolk State miscues that resulted in 23 points. The Lady Aggies defense hounded Norfolk State into 8 -of -27 from the field for 29-percent.
"Our game plan was to take the ball out of the hands of their primary ball handler and force other players to handle the ball," said NC A&T first year head coach Tarrell Robison. "That helped us get off to a fast start which is our goal in every game. It worked out for us."
The second half was more of the same as the Lady Aggies dialed up the long ball. For the game, they shot a sizzling 50-percent (12 of 24) from beyond the arc.
The Spartans (7-22), the number 10 seed, were coming off a mild 72-55 upset over number 7 seed Florida A&M on Tuesday and it may have been a factor in their performance.
"We expended a lot of energy and emotion in yesterday's game and we may have just run out of gas," said Norfolk State Coach Debra Clark. "We made a lot of turnovers and got behind big. You just cannot do that against a good team like A&T."
Ross, a 2012-2013 MEAC All-Rookie team selection, led all scorers with 18 points on a perfect 7-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. King chipped in with 13 and Calvin contributed 12 points off the bench.
Norfolk State was led by Batavia Owens with nine points and Rachel Gordon and Aviah Parham with eight.
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