Sunday, January 17, 2016

HU Lady Pirates Bounce Back with Win Over N.C. A&T Aggies

GREENSBORO, North Carolina  –  In what was often a defensive struggle Saturday afternoon, the Hampton University women's basketball team got back into the win column by defeating North Carolina A&T 55-52 at the Corbett Sports Center.

The Lady Pirates improved to 5-12 overall and 3-1 in MEAC play.

Freshman guard K'lynn Willis led all scorers with a career-high 19 points – 16 of which came in the second half – going 5-for-12 from the floor and hitting all eight of her free throws. Junior guard Malia Tate-DeFreitas added 14 points, five rebounds, and three assists.

Sophomore forward Kaylah Lupoe grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds.

The Lady Pirates shot 32.7 percent (18-for-55) from the floor and went 1-for-16 (6.3 percent) from behind the arc. Hampton was also 18-for-25 (72.0 percent) from the free throw line.

Hampton scored 15 points off of 17 Aggie turnovers.

The Aggies opened the game on an 8-0 run, before the Lady Pirates responded with a 9-2 run of their own to cut the deficit to 10-9 after the first 10 minutes of play. A Dana Brown trey put the Aggies up 15-11 with 5:24 left in the second quarter, but the Lady Pirates went on an 11-1 run to take a 22-16 lead after sophomore forward Mikayla Sayle sank a putback with 19 seconds left in the half.

Hampton led 22-18 at the half. Tate-DeFreitas had six points at the break.

Willis scored the first six points of the third quarter, and her fastbreak jumper with 8:43 left in the frame put the Lady Pirates up 28-18. Freshman guard Dejane' James converted a 3-point play at the 8:02 mark that gave Hampton a 31-21 lead.

But the Aggies scored the next six points to cut the lead to 31-27 after a pair of free throws from Aprill McRae at the 5:14 mark. Willis hit two free throws with 2:34 left in the quarter to give Hampton a 36-31 lead, and her jumper with three seconds left put the Lady Pirates up 38-34 after 30 minutes.

A 10-4 Aggies run gave North Carolina A&T a 44-42 lead with 5:44 left in the contest following a layup from McRae. A Tate-DeFreitas fastbreak layup with 2:19 left put the Lady Pirates up 47-46, before Courtney Powell gave the lead back to the Aggies with a pair of free throws.

Two Willis free throws with 12 seconds left put the Lady Pirates up 53-49, before Whitney Martin took what she thought was a trey while getting fouled. But an official review revealed that Martin had a foot on the line, which meant she took just two free throws.

She hit both to cut the lead to 53-51, but free throws from Tate-DeFreitas and senior guard Kristine Rose down the stretch iced the game.

The Aggies (7-9, 3-2 MEAC) shot just 27.0 percent (17-for-63) from the floor and made only three of their 14 3-pointers (21.4 percent). North Carolina A&T also went 15-for-23 (65.2 percent) from the free throw line, while out-rebounding Hampton 48-42.

McRae led the Aggies with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

The Lady Pirates will be in Durham, N.C. to take on North Carolina Central on Monday at 6 p.m. For more information on Hampton University basketball, please call the Office of Sports Information at (757) 727-5811, or visit the official Pirates website at



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