& Coaches Distribute Food to Families in Need
11/22/2017 | General Jim Juno
Virginia Union University student-athletes and coaches pitched in at Trinity Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., on Tuesday, November 21, to distribute food to families in need of Thanksgiving dinners.
The student-athletes from women's basketball, men's basketball, cheerleading and football along with assistant football coaches distributed 165 turkeys and fixings to families who had lined up outside the church. In all, the student-athletes spent eight hours distributing food.
"There are no words to express our gratitude to these student-athletes," said Qiana Brandon, President of the Sarah C. Turner Memorial Missionary Society. "They have been invaluable."
"I cannot thank you enough for the outpouring of support demonstrated by the VUU Athletic Department during our Thanksgiving Outreach Project," said Sarah C. Turner. "The Trinity Baptist Church family was truly blessed by their strength and dedication with serving others in need in our community."
"Some people are, unfortunately, in need this season, and this is a chance for us to give back," said Trinity Gaskins of the VUU cheerleaders, the Rah Rahs. "Union does a good job of giving their student-athletes community service opportunities, so this is our chance to do something for the community."
In all, VUU student-athletes distributed a total of 165 dinners, the most ever provided in the Thanksgiving Outreach Program.
Hammond Selected for SAAC Super Region
11/22/2017 | Football
Virginia Union University's Brianna Miller and Sterling Hammond were selected to take part in the NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Super Region Convention, held November 17-19 in Washington, D.C.
Miller, a member of the VUU Softball Team, and Hammond, a member of the VUU football team, were selected to attend and returned to Virginia Union with invaluable leadership skills, knowledge of Division II student-athlete initiatives and the Make It Yours brand and ways to strengthen the student-athlete voice. They also learned how to plan for successful fundraisers and work with Team IMPACT and Make-A-Wish.
The program engaged a diverse representation of student-athletes and administrators from the campus and conference levels. Participants would grow personally and professionally, gain a network of friends and return to campus with ideas they can implement to boost their SAAC.
Division II conferences in the eligible region selected two student-athletes and an administrator from each of their active member institutions, as well as a conference administrator.
For the 2017 convention, each institution in the following six conferences had an opportunity to send two student-athletes and one administrator: Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, East Coast Conference, Mountain East Conference, Northeast-10 Conference and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Each eligible institution can nominate up to four student-athletes and one administrator.
NC – Fayetteville State University's Devondra Bazemore has been
named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAA) Bowler
of the Month while Amaree Durfee of Virginia Union University earns
Rookie Bowler of the Month after their performances during the CIAA
Bowling Event #1 held in Fayetteville, NC November 10-12.
Bazemore was the top bowling individual at the November bowling event, knocking down a total of 1,392 pins. The senior played a total of seven games to mark a personal event-high 235 pins in her fifth game, for a final average of 198.86 pins.
Durfee finished tenth overall and was the Panthers' leading individual bowler during the event with a total pin count of 1,814. Playing a total of ten games, the rookie bowled an average of 181.40 pins per contest with her highest pin count occurring during her 3rd game of the event (211 pins).
CIAA bowling teams will meet for CIAA Event #2 on January 26-28, 2018 in Petersburg, Virginia.
Named CIAA Rookie Bowler of the Month
11/21/2017 | Women's Bowling
Virginia Union University's Amaree Durfee has been named the CIAA Rookie Bowler of the Month after their performances during the CIAA Bowling Event #1 held in Fayetteville, NC November 10-12, the CIAA announced on Tuesday, November 21. Durfee, a freshman from Sacramento, Cal., finished tenth overall and was the Panthers' leading individual bowler during the event with a total pin count of 1,814. Playing a total of ten games, the rookie bowled an average of 181.40 pins per contest with her highest pin count occurring during her 3rd game of the event (211 pins). Virginia Union will meet the other CIAA teams in theCIAA Event #2, to be held on January 26-28, 2018 in Petersburg, Virginia.
|tabbed the MEAC Rookie of the Week while BCU punter Javaunie
Francis was named Specialist of the Week.
Stefan Banks (DE/Savannah State)
Banks registered 10 tackles (7 solo); including four tackles for a loss of 26 yards, three sacks and a forced fumble in the win over South Carolina State.
Chris Faddoul (P/Florida A&M)
Faddoul averaged 46.2 yards on four punts; including a long of 53 yards and also had a punt downed at the 3-yard line against Bethune Cookman.
DeAndre Harris (QB/Morgan State)
Harris made his second consecutive start at QB and had another productive day for the Bears, despite the outcome. The sophomore completed 20-of-31 passes for 187 yards and tossed three of touchdowns. He also had 15 carries for 79 yards and scored on a 2-yard run that helped give the Bears trim Norfolks lead to 32-30 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Ricky Henrilus (RB/Florida A&M)
Henrilus led FAMU in rushing with 95 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown against Bethune Cookman to be named the Florida Classic FAMU MVP.
Devin James (LB/Bethune-Cookman)
James collected five tackles (1 solo) and a tackle for a loss in the win versus Florida A&M.
Yahkee Johnson (RB/Hampton)
Johnson rushed for a season-high 144 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns to help the Pirates defeat Howard.
Brandon Parker (LT/North Carolina A&T State)
Parker graded out at 87 percent and accounted for four pancake blocks as the Aggies amassed 358 total yards of offense against North Carolina Central.
Anthony Philyaw (RB/Howard)
Philyaw rushed for 112 yards on 19 carries; including a 43-yard touchdown. Philyaw also added 15 yards on two receptions at Hampton.
Dominique Smith (LB/Howard)
Smith recorded 11 tackles (5 solo) and a pair of tackles for a loss against Hampton.
Jamari Smith (RB/North Carolina A&T State)
Smith rushed for 99 yards on 14 carries and secured a pair of receptions for an additional 23 yards in the win over North Carolina Central.
Steven Smith, Jr. (LB/Hampton)
Smith captured career highs of 13 tackles, two sacks, and 2.5 tackles for loss as Hampton protected their home field with a win over Howard.
Ryan Stanley (QB/Florida A&M)
Stanley completed 16-of-28 passes for a total of 236 yards; including a 31-yard touchdown against Bethune-Cookman.
Jeremy Taylor (LB/North Carolina A&T State)
Taylor led the Aggies in tackles and tackles for loss recording 10 tackles (6 solo); including three tackles for a loss. Taylor also accounted for a pass breakup and a forced fumble against North Carolina Central.
J.T. Wahee (DB/Norfolk State)
Wahee recorded a career-high 11 tackles (9 solo) and also had a career-high two tackles for a loss. He also recorded a key interception that ended Morgan State’s last drive.
Jakaris Wilson (LB/Florida A&M)
Wilson secured 10 tackles (4 solo) and a tackle for a loss in the contest against Bethune Cookman.
Isaiah Winstead (WR/ Norfolk State)
Winstead led the Spartans in receiving yards with four receptions for a career-high 63 yards and a touchdown defeating Morgan State on the road.
|MEAC ANNOUNCES WEEKLY MEN'S BASKETBALL HONORS
NORFOLK, Va. - North Carolina A&T State’s Femi Olujobi was selected
as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Basketball
Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, the conference
announced today. North Carolina A&T State’s Kameron Langley earned
Rookie of the Week honors, while Bethune-Cookman’s Shawntrez Davis
was named Defensive Player of the Week.
and Breeden Step Up as MBB Comes up Short to Tiffin, 88-85
11/21/2017 | Men's Basketball | Box Score
Frankfort, Ky.-Junior forward Kevin Hayes turned in his third consecutive regular season game of 20 plus points as Kentucky State University men's basketball came up short to Tiffin University, 88-85 on Tuesday night at Kates Gymnasium on the campus of Ashland University.
The Thorobreds (0-4) have started off the season winless over their first four games for the first time since the 2009-2010 season. The Dragons (2-2) picked up their first win since the season opener on Nov. 10 against Ohio Dominican.
"We gave up 19-second-chance point and 48 points in the paint tonight," said head coach Jamaal Jackson. "We weren't tough enough around the basket, on either end. We missed too many layups and gave up too many scores, along with offensive rebounds. Without William (Bryant) and Deandre (Wynn), we don't have our nasty guys, so others will have to step into that role and get the dirty work done."
KSU was put in an early hole as TU jumped ahead 11-0 in the opening 3:30 of the matchup. The Thorobreds kept it close after that pulling within two at the half 43-41. Hayes played a significant role as he accounted for 16 points in the first frame.
The second half proved to be much more of a close encounter as the two squads exchanged leads and neither held a lead of more than five points. As Hayes contributed in the first half, it was senior guard Reggie Breeden doing the same in the second half, as he scored 11 of his 20 points in the half.
KSU took its first lead of the game at 17:23 after a pair of made free throws by Breeden to put the score at 48-47. The green and gold expanded the lead to three at 52-49, but it was short-lived as TU went on a 17-11 run to go back up by five with a little over 12 minutes to play. KSU brought the game back to a stalemate at 70-70 following a made three-point bucket by junior guard Felix Wilson at 7:51. The game remained within five points, but KSU couldn't regain the lead in the final seven minutes.
Hayes ended his night with a team-high 22 points off of 7-of-12 shooting from the floor, including 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. Wilson stepped up in the starting point guard role with a career-high 12 points and a team-high seven assists in place of senior guard Dorian Jordan. Junior forward Austin Sherrell added 19 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
The Thorobreds will play again tomorrow, Nov.22 against host Ashland University at 3 pm ET.
Hawks Men's Basketball Downs Builders On Road
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.- The Chowan Basketball team finished off their
fourth straight win of the season with a 72-62 victory over the
Apprentice School on Wednesday afternoon on the road.
|HAMPTON HOLDS OFF LUMBERJACKS 76-66
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- A 20-4 start for Hampton on Thanksgiving morning proved huge as the Pirates held off Northern Arizona 76-66 in the opening game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational on Thursday.
With the win, Hampton (2-4) advances to face the winner of Rider-Cal Irvine on Friday night at approximately 10pm EST in the Orleans Arena.
The Pirates scored the first six points of the game and held a 9-4 advantage following a JoJo Anderson 3-pointer for NAU (0-5) at the 15:19 mark. Hampton clamped on the defense and held the Lumberjacks scoreless over the next 3:30 as a Jermaine Marrow layup with 11:49 left put Hampton up 20-4.
That lead grew to as much as 19 points on two occasions, a layup from Akim Mitchell with 5:07 left in the half put Hampton up 31-12. NAU closed the half on a 13-6 spurt to trim the deficit to 37-25 at the half.
In the second half, Hampton held an 18-point lead following a dunk from Charles Wilson-Fisher put the Pirates up 51-33 with 13:21 left. NAU slowly worked back into the contest trimming the deficit to 62-57 with a pair of Torry Johnson free throws with 4:52 left. Hampton was 9-of-10 from the foul line in the final 4:52 to keep the Lumberjacks at bay.
Marrow was the leading scorer in the game for Hampton with 19 points, eight assists, six rebounds and four steals. Wilson-Fisher had his first double-double of the year with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Mitchell had 10 points and three rebounds.
Hampton shot 27-of-55 from the floor (49.1%), 18-of-27 from foul line (66.7%) an outrebounded NAU 42-32.
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.
(MEN'S Bb FULL STORY) Indiana (Pa.) Men’s Basketball Edges Bowie
State’s Bulldogs 69-62
BOWIE, Md. – Visiting Indiana (Pa.) University men’s basketball
held off the Bowie State Bulldogs for a 69-62 road win at A.C.
Jordan Arena on Wednesday night. This marked the fourth loss in a
row for Bowie State in five outings.
State Falls Short to Visiting #9 Indiana (Pa.) 53-37
BOWIE., Md. – Indiana (Pa.) University held a slim first half
lead and broke the game open late in the third quarter to defeat
Bowie State University women’s basketball 53-37 on Wednesday evening
in the A.C. Jordan Arena. The loss was Bowie State’s first of the
year and sets the Bulldogs record at 4-1 heading into the
|NCCU Eagles Held off by Marshall
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. – North Carolina Central University staged a late run to pull within single-digits with under three minutes remaining, but Marshall was able to hold off the resurgent Eagles for a 92-84 final score at the Cam Henderson Center on Wednesday, Nov. 22.
NCCU (2-4) got off to a hot start as Reggie Gardner, Jr. (Bowie, Md.) nailed a quick barrage of threes to give the Eagles a 9-7 lead over Marshall (3-2) in the early stages. Marshall went on a run of its own to flip the tables, but the Eagles held tight and went to the half down nine, 47-38.
The Thundering Herd opened up a 17-point lead in the second half, but the Eagles were unfazed and clawed their way back, and trimmed the lead to single-digits with under three minutes to go.
It took some timely threes from Gardner, and Zacarry Douglas (Landover, Md.) for the Eagles to make their way back into the game, but the Thundering Herd were able to keep the Eagles at bay for a 92-84 final.
Raasean Davis (Chicago, Ill.) was again a driving force for the Eagles with a career-high 21 points and five rebounds, and Gardner also had a career-high with 17 points as he splashed five treys in the contest. Douglas also hit a career-high with 15 points, along with Larry McKnight, Jr. (North Miami, Fla.) who matched him with 15 points and a career-high five rebounds.
Marshall was led by Ajdin Penava (Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina) who put 23 points with five rebounds, and Jon Elmore (Charleston, W. Va.) scored a game-high 24 points with four three-pointers, and dished out a game-high nine assists.
NCCU shot 53.2 percent from the floor and 46.2 percent from the perimeter as a team, and Marshall shot 54.1 percent from the floor in a highly-accurate contest.
NCCU finishes up its slate in the Global Sports Invitational at Illinois on Friday, Nov. 24.
|Celts defeat Gold Rush 63-61 in closing seconds
November 22, 2017
HOUSTON -- Xavier University of Louisiana freshman Rayshawn Mart scored a career-high 16 points Wednesday, but St. Thomas (Texas) rallied in the final 2 1/2 minutes for a 63-61 men's basketball victory.
The Celts (5-1) won their fifth in a row and snapped the two-game win streak of the Gold Rush (6-3). XULA has dropped three straight on the road.
Virgil Davison's fourth 3-pointer of the game gave the Gold Rush a 57-54 lead with 2:32 remaining. XULA grabbed its final lead, 61-60, on Mart's basket with 24 seconds to play.
Paul Taulton's basket with 14 seconds remaining put St. Thomas ahead to stay, 62-61. After a XULA turnover on the next possession, Bryon Makel made 1-of-2 free throws for the Celts with one second remaining.
Mart, scoring in double figures for the second straight game and the fourth time this season, was 6-of-7 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the line in 24 minutes. Davison scored 14 points, and Jeff Dixon had eight points and five assists. Elex Carter had team highs of six rebounds and two blocked shots.
Makel scored 13 points and Taulton 10.
XULA trailed 30-21 at halftime after being outscored 20-5 in the final 11 minutes, but the Gold Rush got back in contention by shooting 55.6 percent from the floor in the second half. There were 10 ties and eight lead changes in the final period.
For the game, XULA outshot St. Thomas 44.2 to 35.8 percent from the floor. But the Celts were plus-10 in turnovers, committing 12 and gaining 22. St. Thomas produced 11 steals, four by Lennard Robinson.
The Gold Rush will break for Thanksgiving, then resume the schedule next Wednesday at 7 p.m. against NAIA No. 2 LSU-Alexandria at the Convocation Center. It'll be a doubleheader, with the Gold Nuggets and LSUA tipping off at 5.
|Rams Offense Slowed Down in 79-56 Loss at
WSSU held to season-low 56 points in hard-fought loss
AIKEN, SC – The points proved to be hard to come by for the Winston-Salem State Rams (2-4) in a 79-56 road loss to the USC-Aiken Pacers (3-2), Wednesday afternoon. The Rams gave a solid effort throughout the game, but the team was stifled by some tough Pacer defense in the hard-fought loss.
The Rams’ offensive struggles stifled the team’s effort to get into the game. As a team, the Rams shot 30.6% (19-of-62) in the loss while allowing the Pacers to shoot 43.8% (28-of-64). WSSU senior guard Tiana Edwards led the way for the Rams with 14 points while freshman guard Nyona Shields came off the bench for a career-high 10 points. Senior center Kandace Tate and junior forward Brionna Pate both pulled in seven rebounds to lead the way for the WSSU rebounding effort.
The first half of the game saw a solid overall effort for the Rams. In the first quarter, the Rams got off to a slow start, but the team was able to get back into the game with a solid effort late in the quarter. The Rams began the quarter by falling into an 12-2 deficit in the quarter, but the team stormed back in a big way. The team closed the quarter with a 10-3 run that included five points from Shields. The effort letr the Rams within two points of the Pacers, 15-12, at the end of the quarter.
In the second quarter, the Rams had another tremendous effort. Early in the quarter, Edwards led a strong comeback effort by the Rams. The run gave the team its first lead of the game, 19-17 after a jumper from Edwards. With 6:14 left in the quarter. After USC-Aiken tied the game, Edwards would keep the Rams ahead when she connected on a three-pointer with 2:04 left in the quarter that left WSSU on top, 24-21. However, the Rams’ offensive struggles would soon kick in as the three-pointer was the Rams’ last field goal of the half as the team took a 25-25 tie into the locker room at halftime.
The second half turned out to be a hard one for the Rams as the team was outscored a combined 54-31 in the final two quarters. Early in the third quarter, the Rams were able to keep up with the Pacers as a jumper from senior forward Briana Arnold gave the Rams a 30-29 lead with 8:14 left in the quarter. The Rams fell victim to a 17-2 run by the Pacers to fall behind, 46-32 with 3:33 left in the quarter. From there, the Rams continued to struggle for the remainder of the quarter and took a 57-41 deficit into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Rams made an effort to get back into the game, but the team could get no closer than 13 points, 66-53 after a Pate free throw with 4:08 left to play. The final minutes were especially tough for the Rams as a Pate lay-up with 2:17 left to play was the final field goal of the game for the Rams who ended the day with the 79-56 loss.
The loss leaves the Rams with a 2-4 overall record. The team will return to action, Sunday when the team returns to the road to take on Converse College in a 3:00 p.m. For more information on Rams women’s basketball, contact the WSSU Office of Athletic Media Relations at (336) 750-2143 or log on to www.WSSURams.com.
|JCSU Men's Basketball Takes Down Lees-McRae, 77-61Culler,
Charlotte, N.C. (Nov. 21, 2017) – The Johnson
C. Smith University men’s basketball team held visiting Lees-McRae
to just 28.8 % from the field and forced 19 turnovers, taking a 7-61
nonconference win on Tuesday night at Brayboy Gym.
MEAC ANNOUNCES WEEKLY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL HONORS
NORFOLK, Va., Nov. 21, 2017—North Carolina Central junior Jayla Calhoun was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the conference office announced today. Coppin State’s Maraiyah Smith earned Rookie of the Week honors, while Norfolk State senior Kayla Roberts was named Defensive Player of the Week.
Calhoun (G, 5-10, Jr., Houston, Texas) opened the 2017-18 season with a 25-point, eight-rebound, three-block effort in an 87-75 win over Longwood this past Tuesday. She went 8-for-12 from the floor (.667) and added a pair of assists in helping first-year head coach Trisha Stafford-Odom win her NCCU coaching debut.
Smith (G, 5-5, Fr., Owings Mills, Md.) scored 13 points against Stephen F. Austin to go along with two steals – before grabbing six rebounds and dishing out two assists in helping the Eagles defeat Mount St. Mary’s for their first win of the season.
Roberts (G/F, 6-1, Sr., Miami, Fla.) grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds – 11 on the defensive end – at Navy this past Friday in a game in which she also had a pair of blocked shots and two steals.
Other Top Performers
Brianna Battle (B-CU) scored 10 points and had four rebounds in a win over Prairie View A&M.
Kanesha Battle (B-CU) dropped 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds against Prairie View A&M.
Ashanti Hunt (B-CU) grabbed nine rebounds and had two blocks against Prairie View A&M.
|November 21, 2017
NCCU’s Jayla Calhoun Named MEAC Player of the Week
NORFOLK, Va. — A career-high performance by Jayla Calhoun in the Eagles opener earned the North Carolina Central University junior guard Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors announced by the league office Tuesday, Nov. 17.
Calhoun scored 25 points in leading NCCU to an 87-75 home victory over Longwood University on Tuesday.
Her career-high point total, which bested her previous high of eight points by 17 points, helped secure a victory in first year head coach Trisha Stafford-Odom’s debut for the Eagles.
Calhoun had a hot hand against the Lancers, shooting 66.7-percent (8-of-12) from the field and 90% (9-of-10) from the free throw line.
The Houston, Texas, product complimented her offense with eight rebounds, three blocks and two assists.
Calhoun becomes the second Eagle to earn MEAC Player of the Week since NCCU joined the league in 2011 (Khyra Conerly on Nov. 17, 2014). The Eagles have had six MEAC Rookie of the Week and five MEAC Defensive Player of the Week.
NCCU (1-1) is coming off a road loss at Wofford College on Nov. 21. The Eagles next host 18th-ranked Oregon State University on Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Second Quarter Surge Leads Bowie State Women’s
Basketball to 72-56 Win at Wilmington (Del.)
CU Women's Basketball Travels To Broncos Classic
MURFREESBORO, N.C. – The Chowan Women's Basketball Team
participates in the Fayetteville State Broncos Thanksgiving Classic
on Friday and Saturday, November 24-25. The Hawks will face St.
Augustine's in the first contest followed by the host Broncos on
Saturday. Both contests are non-conference games against familiar
|Fayetteville State Women Crushes Paine, 68-51
by Ja’Shawn Steward-Johnson
Fayetteville, NC – The Fayetteville State University (2-2 overall) women’s basketball team beat the Paine Lions 68-51, Tuesday evening in Capel Arena.
Senior forward Jamesha Mosley (Oak Grove, KY) led the Broncos with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Sophomore guard Shantel Bennett (Sanford, NC) was second among the Broncos in points with 12 and 4 rebounds. Junior guard Noni Kuumba (Tracy, CA) came off the bench to contribute 10 points and 4 assists.
In a fast-paced full-court pressure type of game, the Broncos scored 20 fast break points and 22 points off 22 Lion turnovers. FSU out-rebounded Paine 48-34, had 23 offensive boards for 25 second-chance points and a whopping 50 points in the paint versus Paine’s 26.
Fayetteville State opened the game on an 8-3 run and extended their lead to 14-7, by being active on both ends of the floor. With less than a minute to go, the Lions went on a 5-0 run to end the first quarter down 14-12.
Paine tied the game, 14-14, early in the second quarter; however, the Broncos finished the half on a 13-5 run over the course of eight (8) minutes and a 29-19 halftime lead. FSU forced ten (10) turnovers with its stout full-court press and held the Lions to 3-of-10 shooting.
Paine fought back in the third quarter cutting the Bronco lead down to five (39-34) behind the efforts of Keondra Archie and Tania Ward. Archie finished the game with 15 points along with Ward’s ten (10). The Lions went on the 7-0 run before Shantel Bennett (Sanford, NC) exploded with eight (8) points to stymie a potential Paine comeback.
In the fourth quarter, Fayetteville State pulled away, outscoring the Lions 25-15. The Broncos dominated in the paint, scoring 16 points and put back 13 points off second-chance opportunities. During a 13-4 run, the lead extended from 45-36 to 58-40. With less than three minutes to go, FSU led by as many as 20 points (64-44).
Fayetteville State will host its first-ever FSU Broncos Thanksgiving Classic on Friday, November 24th and Saturday the 25th. Saint Augustine’s University will open the classic in a non-conference game against cross-divisional opponent Chowan at 4 p.m. The Broncos will take on Elizabeth City State at 6 p.m. The Falcons will start the second day against ECSU at 2 p.m. and FSU will see Chowan at 4 p.m.
SECOND QUARTER DRY SPELLS DOOMS LADY PIRATES AT UVA
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – A second quarter 20-5 run by the Virginia Cavaliers proved too much to overcome as Hampton pushed back to within three points but fell 66-62 on Tuesday night in John Paul Jones Arena.
Hampton (1-2) looking to knock off its second Atlantic Coast Conference opponent this year, jumped out to a 9-7 lead on three 3-pointers. Virginia used a 6-0 flurry to take a 13-9 lead and used a three-pointer from Aliyah Huland El to take a 16-13 lead with 27 seconds left in the first quarter.
A bucket from Allina Starr 24 seconds into the second quarter tied the game at 16. Hampton then saw the Cavaliers rip off the 20-5 run to take a 36-21 lead with 1:48 left in the half on a 3-pointer from J’Kyra Brown. A Mikayla Sayle layup and three points from DeJane James closed the half for Hampton down 36-26.
Monnazjea Finney-Smith hit consecutive 3-pointers to start the third quarter as Hampton quickly got back into the contest. An Ashley Bates layup with 27 seconds left in the third brought Hampton to 50-48, but a driving jumper from Jocelyn Willoughby gave UVA a 52-48 advantage heading into the fourth.
Virginia pushed the lead to 11 midway in the fourth on a Dominique Toussaint layup with 7:05 left for a 59-48 lead. Hampton did have one last push as 3-pointers from Finney-Smith and K’Lynn Willis got them to within four points as Willis’ triple closed the scoring at 66-62.
Finney-Smith scored 17 points and James added 13 to lead Hampton who was 21-of-61 from the floor (34.4%), 11-of-28 from 3-point range (39.3%) and outrebounded Virginia 40-32 including a 20-8 advantage on the offensive boards.
Hampton now travels to Stockton, California to participate in the Tiger Turkey Tipoff hosted by the University of the Pacific. The Lady Pirates tangle with Brown on Friday at 4 pm.
For more information on Hampton University women’s basketball, visit the official Pirates website at www.hamptonpirates.com.
JCSU Women’s Basketball Throttles Puerto Rico-Bayamon, 77-48
Volleyball earns automatic bid to NIVC
Hawks headed to first postseason since 2012, and third overall
|Rams Earn Eighth Seed and Will Face Top-Seeded Wheeling Jesuit
at 2017 NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament
WSSU to face Cardinals for the second time in regional tournament
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Winston-Salem State Rams (22-7) will face a familiar foe when the team makes its return to the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament. The Rams earned the eighth seed in the tournament and will take on the top-seeded Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals (31-5) to open the tournament.
The Rams and the Cardinals last met in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament when the Rams took a three-set loss in the team’s first NCAA post-season appearance in school history.
Winston-Salem State will have its hands full when they head to Wheeling, West Virginia to take on the top-seeded host Cardinals. Wheeling Jesuit has won the Atlantic Region every year since 2011 and captured its fifth straight Mountain East Conference championship, Saturday.
While the Rams will face a daunting task, the team will not go into the match empty handed as they return to the NCAA post-season after claiming their second Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Volleyball Championship in three seasons.
The 2017 NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament is scheduled to take place from November 30th – December 2nd at the Alma Grace McDonough Center on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University. Dates and times for the tournament matches will be announced at a later time.