Monday, February 20, 2012

Hampton's "Terrific Trio" bids adieu

Melanie Warner, Jericka Jenkins and Choicetta McMillian

As is usually the case, Hampton's players made it look easy on the court against Delaware State. But it couldn't have been easy for Hampton fans to say goodbye to seniors Melanie Warner, Jericka Jenkins and Choicetta McMillian, who made their final appearance at the HU Convocation Center for Monday's 71-44 victory.

Along with coach David Six, the three players have been central figures in the Lady Pirates' emergence as a MEAC heavyweight that can hold its own anywhere in the country. With Warner, Jenkins and McMillian leading the way the past four years, the Lady Pirates have accumulated 81 victories - and counting - two MEAC Tournament titles, a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and a couple of trophy cases full of conference and national awards.

We were gearing up to write our own tribute to the Hampton stars. But it would be tough to top the effort turned in by Hampton sports information director Maurice Williams, who authored this extremely detailed piece chronicling the trio's numerous on- and off-court contributions. 
So hey, congratulations, guys. Now go one out and kick some more MEAC butt.

NOTES: Nicole Hamilton scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half as Hampton raced out to a 16-3 lead on Delaware State and never looked back...McMillian added 11 points and 10 assists while Jenkins, the Division I assists leader, doled out nine dimes...The victory was Hampton's fifth straight and gave the Lady Pirates (20-4, 12-1 MEAC) 20 wins for the third straight season...Next up for the Lady Pirates is a first-place showdown with Florida A&M (19-6, 12-1) Saturday in Tallahassee. FAMU maintained its share of the MEAC lead Monday by downing South Carolina State 76-69.

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