Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Only one HU and it's Hampton

The real HU?

Gotta be Hampton, which routed Howard 67-45 on Monday night, securing a sweep in the series along with its seventh straight win.

The Pirates won the game in D.C. 52-50 on Jan. 12.

While a fan commented on a previous post about being "100 percent sure Hampton wouldn't win the MEAC," we can't agree. The Pirates (16-5, 7-0) are playing some great ball behind usual suspects Keiara Avant (14.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg), Nicole Hamilton (12.4 ppg) and Alyssa Bennett (9.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg). A real boost has come from senior guard Olivia Allen, who averaged 1.4 ppg and 0.6 rpg last season after transferring in from Bradley University. The 5-6 senior has emerged as a significant 3-ball threat, hitting 4-of-8 treys against Howard, and averages 10.1 ppg.

The Pirates are also tidy with the ball, averaging just 15 turnovers while turning opponents over an average of 20.8 times per game. Hampton's stellar defense ranks seventh nationally, giving up 49.6 ppg.

Five of the Pirates final nine games are at home, and the MEAC Tournament, in case you've forgotten, is right across the James River at Scope. Although Howard was picked by both coaches and media town the league, we're betting on the real HU to win it .... again.

1 comment:

  1. I ride with the Lady Bison but anyone saying they are 100% sure the Lady Pirates wont win is just stupid or delusional. They are the best team this year. Could A&T or Howard (I hope) knock them off in the MEAC tournament--of course. IMO this is not quite as strong a Pirate team as last year but to disrespect them is very very dumb.