Women's Basketball Game Day: Savannah State
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The Lady Wildcats (7-9, 2-2 MEAC) are in game two of their brief road swing, still seeking the elusive first road win as they take on the Savannah State Lady Tigers (6-12, 1-4 MEAC) Monday at Tiger Arena with a 4 p.m. tipoff, for SSU's Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.
About the Savannah State Lady Tigers
The Lady Tigers have offensively capable players, but with early January, season-ending injury to leading scorer Ezinne Kalu, the weight of the scoring has fallen to senior forward Erin Hogue, who has collected seven double-doubles on the season, including hitting the mark in four consecutive games. A two-time MEAC Defensive Player of the Week, Hogue averages 11.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per game, along with 1.2 steals.
Andrietta Thomas has also had an offensive impact from the guard position, scoring 10.0 points with 4.4 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game. However, she is not expected to start, leaving the opening duties to Jasmine Norman (5.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG), who leads active players in steals (1.6), and Blessing Uba (4.7 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.4 SPG).
The Lady Tigers have turnover challenges (19.3 TOPG), but have not been highly successful at getting the ball back, stealing just 9.8 times per game and blocking 2.8 shots per outing.
SSU opponents score an average of 64.6 points per contest, creating a -11.1 scoring margin for the Lady Tigers, who score 53.5 PPG, and have dropped six of the last seven.
About the Lady Wildcats
The Lady Wildcats look to bounce back from their lowest scoring output of the season, at South Carolina State, working to capture the energy and defense from the first half against the Lady Bulldogs in facing the Lady Tigers.
Top scorers Chastity René Taylor (14.4 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 1.8 SPG) and Amanda Hairston (9.9 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.4 BPG) were limited against the Lady Bulldogs to eight and five points, respectively. Jasmine Evans stepped into the leadership role, scoring 10 points to lead the team.
Terrenisha Hollis has been solid for B-CU the past few games, but also was limited to just six against SCSU with a pair of blocks and a pair of steals. Averaging 8.3 PPG and 5.0 RPG, getting her game on track will give the Lady Wildcats a boost against the Lady Tigers.
The top goal in taking on SSU will be to keep turnovers minimized. Giveaways have been a factor in each loss this season, especially in Saturday's contest at SCSU (23 TO), while only taking the ball away from the Lady Bulldogs just eight times.
During the Game
Live Stats: Savannah State will provide live stats during the game at this Link. The game-specific statistics will switch over and become available at game time.
Live Video: Savannah State will present a live webstream of the game at this Link. The webcast will be available for a subscription fee.