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Spartan Women cap road trip with Monday game at Savannah State


Koryn Lawrence

Koryn Lawrence

NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State women’s basketball team caps its current road trip with a 5:45 p.m. game Monday night at Savannah State. 

The start of the game was moved up 15 minutes to accommodate a local TV broadcast of the NSU-SSU men’s game, which is slated to start at 8 p.m.

The Spartans (6-12, 5-2 MEAC) are still in second place in the MEAC despite losing Saturday at South Carolina State, just slightly ahead of third-place Savannah State (9-9, 4-2). The Lady Tigers are coming off a win over first-place Hampton, which had been unbeaten in league play before Saturday, when it had its 54-game winning streak against conference opponents snapped.

Last Time Out
Kourtney Williams scored a career-high 37 points to help host South Carolina State snap Norfolk State’s four-game winning streak, 79-75, on Saturday evening at the S-H-M Memorial Center.

Williams was 10-of-17 from the floor, 2-of-7 from 3-point range, and 15-of-17 from the free-throw line for the Lady Bulldogs (11-7, 4-3 MEAC), who shot 47 percent from the floor. Rae Corbo led NSU (6-12, 5-2) with 19 points and Koryn Lawrence added 18.

SCSU used a 10-0 run early in the second half to turn a 40-38 edge into a 50-38 cushion. Later in the period, an Ashleigh Outler field goal gave SCSU its largest lead of the game at 59-46 with 8:19 left.

Trailing 61-48, the Spartans made their move. Corbo scored eight straight Spartan points to trigger a 17-4 run. Nia Roberts also had back-to-back baskets, Ronesia Spicer converted a three-point play and Lawrence capped the burst with a layup that tied the game at 65-65 with 3:29 left to play.

But Williams proved to be too much, leading a 10-2 SCSU run that sealed the outcome. She hit a pair of free throws, teammate Amber Howard hit a trey, and then Williams hit a layup and a 3-pointer on two straight possessions to push SCSU’s advantage to 75-67 with just over a minute to play.

NSU forward Kayla Roberts hit two 3-pointers in the final minute to make things interesting, but the Spartans couldn’t get any closer than three. 

Scouting Savannah State
The Lady Tigers are 9-9 overall, 4-2 in conference play after a 61-55 win over five-time defending MEAC champion Hampton on Saturday. Preseason MEAC Player of the Year Ezinne Kalu led SSU with a game-high 23 points. Jasmine Norman added 11 points off the bench for SSU, which held Hampton to 30 percent shooting.

SSU has won five of its last six games and also has one of the more impressive wins by a MEAC team this year, a 10-point win over the University of Florida on Dec. 4. Kalu leads the way in most categories, with 17.6 points, 3.3 assists and a MEAC-leading 3.2 steals per game. Norman averages 10.4 points per game.

Series vs. SSU
NSU leads the all-time series with the Lady Tigers 5-3, but SSU has won the last two meetings, both in Georgia. That includes a 79-47 loss in the teams’ meeting last season. 

Up Next
The Spartans return home for their next three games, starting with a 4 p.m. matchup Saturday against rival Hampton in the Battle of the Bay at Echols Hall. The Spartans also have home games with Howard (Feb. 7) and UMES (Feb. 9) on their upcoming homestand.



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