Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hampton Lady Pirates Run Past Central Michigan Chippewas, 77-51

Choicetta McMillian
5-5 Guard, Senior
Fairfield, Texas
Jericka Jenkins
5-4 Guard, Senior
 Lancaster, Texas 
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana - Jessica Green tied her career high with 17 points as the five-game win streak of Central Michigan ended in the 77-51 loss to Hampton, during the first round of the Tulane Double Tree Holiday Tournament.

The Chippewas (7-6) never led in the game as the Lady Pirates (9-2) began the game on a 10-2 lead. CMU battled back and tied the game at 12 with 13:46 left in the first half. Hampton stiffened up its defense and used a 10-2 run to retake the lead at 22-14 at the 10:55 point. The Maroon and Gold were held without a bucket for over five minutes, as Hampton reeled off a 16-3 run, until Green hit a waning-second layup to put CMU down 45-29 at the half.  
Keiara Avant
5-11 Forward, Junior
Chesapeake, VA

Olivia Allen
5-6 Guard, Junior
Kildeer, Illinois
 This is the first game since Purdue that the Chippewas trailed at half-time, and the most they have trailed at the break this year.
The Lady Pirates opened their lead, 58-31, in the second half behind a 13-2 run four minutes in. That would be it for the Chippewas as the Lady Pirates built upon their lead to claim their ninth win of the year.

For the first time all season Crystal Bradford was held under double digits only scoring six poi nts, but grabbing 11 rebounds. Skylar Miller added eight points going three-for-four from the floor.

The Chippewas were out-rebounded 44-38 and 21-11 offensively. They tied their season high 28 turnovers, which resulted into 31 Lady Pirate points. The CMU bench chipped in scoring 37 out of the total 51 points.

The Maroon and Gold will play Thursday at 6 p.m. CT against the College of Charleston, who lost 57-42 to Tulane.  Hampton will play for the tournament's championship against Tulane.

BOX SCORE             Courtesy: Erin Mowrey/CMU Athletics

Melanie Warner
5-10 Forward, Senior
Tallahassee, Florida

Ariel Phelps
6-2/F-C, Junior
Virginia Beach, VA
NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Hampton University women’s basketball team issued a dominating performance on Wednesday night, upending Central Michigan 77-51 at the Fogelman Arena in the opening night of Tulane/DoubleTree Classic. 

The Lady Pirates (9-2) have won two straight and seven of their last eight games. Hampton will take  on tournament host Tulane on Thursday at 9 p.m. EST in the tournament’s championship game.

Senior guard Choicetta McMillian (Fairfield, Texas) led the way with 17 points, hitting three 3-pointers, while senior guard Jericka Jenkins (Lancaster, Texas) added 16 points and a team-high seven assists. Sophomore forward Ariel Phelps (Virginia Beach, Va.) poured in 11 points and pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the season.

Sherena Abercrumbia
6-3 Center, Senior
Dallas, Texas
Alyssa Bennett
6-2 F/C, Sophomore
Hampton, Virginia
 Junior forward Keiara Avant (Chesapeake, Va.) added 11 points in the win.

The Lady Pirates took control immediately, jumping out to a 10-2 lead after a fast-break jumper from Jenkins at the 16:18 mark. Central Michigan answered with a 10-2 run to tie the game at 12-12 after a Jessica Green layup at the 13:46 mark, but McMillian gave Hampton the lead back with a 3-pointer at the 12:11 mark. 

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