Monday, February 21, 2011

On senior night, Hampton seals the MEAC; Radford snaps three-game skid

HU senior Quanneisha Perry
HU senior Laura Lewis
Monday's results

Hampton 88, Florida A&M 49
Pirates win the MEAC regular season with this thumping of the Rattlers (13-12, 8-6) that sent out the Hampton seniors in style. Quanneisha Perry had her ninth double-double of the season (13 points, 10 boards) and Laura Lewis scored 12 with seven boards. The underclassmen added a few, too, including Jericka Jenkins (17 points, 11 assists). Only a hiccup at Bethune-Cookman interrupts a perfect conference season for these Pirates (20-6, 13-1), whose impressive play in this one included a 60 percent shooting effort in the first half.

South Carolina State 62, Norfolk State 49
Orangeburg was supposed to be the place where the Spartans (8-16, 1-13) ended that ugly conference road losing streak that will carry into the 2011-12 season as a result of this one. NSU dug a hole early, shooting 23 percent in the first half to trail 30-18. It was a better second half for the Spartans, but the same could be said for South Carolina State (8-16, 4-10), which shot 50 percent in the period. The Bulldogs also flaunted their depth as reserves accounted for 31 of their 62 points.

Radford 69, Winthrop 47
Nice to see the Highlanders (11-14, 8-4 Big South) return to the win column behind a dominating effort in the paint where they outscored the Lady Eagles 36-6. Don't know if you tuned into NC State romping over North Carolina where the Wolfpack committed a mere four turnovers, but Radford was almost as good here, turning it over six times. Brooke McElroy scored a game-high 18 for Radford, which will play its final four on the road.

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