Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hampton scores early, often to beat IPFW

Hampton 79, IPFW 62: We were wondering when defense-first Hampton would have a breakout game offensively. We're not wondering now, not after Choicetta McMillian lit IPFW up for a career-high 29 points to lead the surprisingly potent Lady Pirates. Hampton's point total was 11 more than they'd managed in any of their previous three games, and it came just a few days after they produced just 46 points in a loss at Florida.

Hampton's shooting percentage - 37.5 percent - still isn't where they'd like it. But the fact that they went to the free throw line 41 times - on the road - suggests an aggressive, attacking approach that should serve them well as the season goes on.

Jericka Jenkins added 13 points and Keiara Avant led a strong effort by the Hampton bench by chipping in 12 points, a game-high 15 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Lady Pirates reserves combined to score 27 points.

Of course, no recap of Hampton would be complete without some defensive stats - the Lady Pirates had 12 steals, forced 20 turnovers and held IPFW to 37 percent shooting and a 3-of-16 effort from 3-point range.

The Lady Pirates (3-1) will complete this Midwest portion of their season-opening stretch of five straight road games Monday at Chicago State.

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