Tuesday, February 16, 2016

HU takes control of MEAC women's race by beating Morgan State; HU men also alone in first

HAMPTON, Virginia -- On a slushy Monday night, Hampton University's play was slightly less sloppy than the Convocation Center's parking lot. The Lady Pirates shot 33 percent from the field and had three times as many turnovers (23) as assists (seven).

But what mattered was a 60-47 win over Morgan State, with which HU came in tied for second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference standings. Thanks to North Carolina A&T's win over Bethune-Cookman, the Lady Pirates (11-13, 9-2) are now in sole possession of first place.

"We didn't play well," Hampton coach David Six said. "But you know what? You've got to be careful you don't make them feel like they lost when they won. That team was in second place, and we won. That's the bottom line."

In the first, third and fourth quarters, the Lady Pirates were outscored 39-32. But HU dominated the second by outscoring the Bears 28-8. Malia Tate-DeFreitas, who missed her first four shots, scored 18 of her 23 points in the second period.


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