Friday, February 19, 2010

Friday dribble:MEAC, Big South teams in action

Red-hot Hampton looks to make it nine victories in a row while at this stage, slumping Radford and Norfolk State would happily settle for just one.

Friday's games

Hampton (14-10, 9-3 MEAC) at Bethune-Cookman (13-11, 8-4 MEAC), 4 p.m.
Everything was working for the Lady Pirates in Monday's 90-80 victory over MEAC heavyweight North Carolina A&T, as Hampton hit season highs in field-goal percentage (52.6), 3-point shooting (58.8) and assists (20). Performances like that don't come along very often, but the Lady Pirates were almost as flawless the last time they met Bethune-Cookman in an 81-44 rout on Jan. 23 in Hampton. Jerica Jenkins led the assault by draining 8 of 14 3-pointers.

Longwood (7-18) at Savannah State (9-19), 2 p.m.
If this matchup seems familiar, that's because these teams just met seven days ago in Farmville. The Lancers won by 31, and while they've struggled on the road - OK, they've been horrible on the road (1-14) - one week can't have been enough time for the Lady Tigers to make up that big of a gap.

Charleston Southern (14-10, 6-5 Big South) at Radford (5-17, 4-7 Big South), 3 p.m.
The Highlanders will honor their best player and lone senior, Kymesha Alston, in a pre-game ceremony. Alston, a Manhattan transfer and avowed Twitterer, ranks in the top 10 in the Big South in scoring, field goal percentage and blocks and will be appearing in her 100th career game. If her last game is any indication, Alston appears to be trying to singlehandedly pull the Highlanders out of what is now a six-game losing streak - she had a career-high 24 points in Monday's loss at High Point.

Coastal Carolina (14-9, 5-6 Big South) at Liberty (18-5, 8-2 Big South), 4 p.m.
The Lady Flames have won 32 straight over the Chanticleers, the seventh-longest active streak against an opponent in Division I. This includes Liberty's 57-38 decision on Jan. 22, although that game was a lot closer than the final score suggests. Coastal actually led by 10 early in the second half before the Lady Flames rallied and closed the game on a 24-2 run.

Winston-Salem State (2-23) at Norfolk State (3-18), 4 p.m.
Sure, the Spartans are hungry for a victory. But the Lady Rams are downright famished with their losing streak now at 21. That stretch includes a 60-56 loss to these same Spartans on Jan. 23, a game in which NSU freshman center Batavia Owens went for 22 points and 20 rebounds. The Lady Rams are now led by former Hampton coach Walter Mebane, who took over last week after Winston-Salem fired head coach Dee Stokes. Today's game is also a homecoming for Winston-Salem sophomore Jordhan Peterson and junior MaLisa Bumpus, both of whom starred at Norfolk Collegiate School.

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