Women's Basketball Game Day: Norfolk State
NORFOLK, Va. - The Bethune-Cookman Lady Wildcats (12-13, 7-6 MEAC) open their final road stretch on Saturday at Joseph G. Echols Hall, facing the Norfolk State Spartans (5-19, 3-10 MEAC) in the fourth of five single-game conference matchups. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. in Norfolk, Va. for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) face-off.
The Lady Wildcats are coming off their sixth-highest scoring performance of the season, grabbing a victory in the final 2012-13 home game, 67-53, over the visiting Savannah State Lady Tigers. Against SSU, the team shot a season-high 51.1 percent from the field, with three players reaching double figures.
Every win counts this time of year, as the MEAC sixth-ranked Lady Wildcats are jockeying for seeding in the quickly upcoming MEAC Basketball Championships, March 11-16 at Norfolk's Scope Arena.
Notes About the Norfolk State Spartans (5-19, 3-10 MEAC)
Norfolk State is on a two-game losing skid after dropping a pair of road games to Hampton and Delaware State last week. They're a low-scoring outfit, at 53.3 PPG, that has struggled to limit opponent scoring, allowing 13 opponents to score at least 65 points, including eight who eclipsed the 70-point mark. Turnovers have caused problems as well, averaging 20.4 turnovers per game, while opponents log just 16.1 TPG to NSU's 7.5 steals per outing.
The Spartans are led by junior forward Rachel Gordon, the only NSU player above the double-digit scoring average mark. Gordon averages a double-double, topping the team with 10.8 PPG and 10.5 RPG, leading the league in boards and ranking 27th nationally. She shoots 46.2 percent from the field and protects the ball with just 1.4 TPG.
Transfer junior forward Aivah Parham is dependable for NSU, chipping in 8.8 PPG and 3.9 RPG, but gives up 2.6 TPG. Transfer junior guard Kashay Barnes adds 7.4 PPG. Senior point guard Recca Trice delivers the ball well, boasting a MEAC second-best 5.6 assists per game (28th NCAA), scoring 5.4 PPG with 3.4 RPG. She can be turnover prone at times, surrendering 3.3 TPG.
Much of NSU's offensive approach is based in the post, while the defense appears to be as well, limiting perimeter coverage. NSU Opponents have averaged 6.3 made threes per game this season on 32.5 percent long range shooting.
About the Lady Wildcats (12-13, 7-6 MEAC)
Coming off the big win in the final home game, several Lady Wildcats got back into the swing of things, offensively, after a pair of down games for the team. Junior Chastity René Taylor scored a career and team season-high 27 points against the Lady Tigers, tallying three steals and five rebounds from the guard position. Taylor leads the team with a MEAC seventh-best 14.0 PPG, knocking down 2.4 threes per game (2nd MEAC, 52nd NCAA).
Amanda Hairston made the extra push against SSU to collect 14 points and eight rebounds, averaging 8.4 PPG and a team-leading 6.5 RPG. She will have her work cut out for her coming up against the NSU inside game and the MEAC's best rebounder.
Terrenisha Hollis has been hitting the glass hard of late, with 25 rebounds in her last three outings, including 12 vs. SSU. However, lately her scoring hasn't been there. A prolific scorer when she's hot, getting her rolling would allow the Lady Wildcats to spread the floor for more open looks. Hollis averages a team second-best 8.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per contest.
During the Game
Live Stats: Norfolk State will provide live statistics during the game at this Link.
Live Video: Norfolk State will present a live webstream on NSU All-Access for a subscription fee at this link. NSU's 24-Hour Basketball Doubleheader Pass is available for $8.00 on NSU All-Access
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