Saturday, February 13, 2016

Morgan Lady Bears Extend Winning Streak To Five Straight; Defeat Norfolk State, 59-56

NORFOLK, Virginia -- Danielle Robinson came off the bench to score nine of her game-high 14 points in the first half to lead five Lady Bears in double figures scoring, as Morgan State held onto a 59-56 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) victory on Saturday afternoon at Echols Hall.

The win was the fifth straight for the Lady Bears (11-12, 9-2 MEAC), matching their longest winning streak since the 2012-13 season. The victory also kept the Lady Bears in a first-place tie with Bethune-Cookman (15-9, 9-2 MEAC), which defeated North Carolina Central earlier in the day, 63-46.

Hampton (10-13, 8-2 MEAC), which entered the day tied with Bethune-Cookman and Morgan State for first in the standings, was idle today. Morgan State and Hampton will meet on Monday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. at the HU Convocation Center. The Lady Pirates defeated Morgan State earlier this season in Baltimore (12/5).

Lexus Spears recorded her fourth double-double of the season on Saturday, finishing with 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds against the Spartans. Zuri White added 10 points and eight rebounds, while Tykyrah Williams and Braennan Farrar each scored 10 points. 
Morgan State, which led 33-28 at halftime, took its largest lead of the game of 14 points (51-37) after a layup from Spears with 6:06 to play in the game.

Norfolk State (2-20, 2-10 MEAC), which had won its last two games, countered with a 17-3 run over the next five minutes. The run was capped off by a three-point play by Brehanna Daniels to even the score at 54-54 with 55 seconds left in the contest.

Spears would score the next three points and Robinson later knocked down two free throws to give the guests a 59-54 advantage with 12 seconds remaining. Norfolk State's Kayla Roberts would hit the second of two free throws for the game's final score.

Norfolk State was led by Koryn Lawrence's team-high 13 points and Daniels finished with 10 points as a reserve.  

The Lady Bears held a 46-35 rebounding advantage over the Spartans for the game. The Lady Bears also held a 32-22 advantage in points in the paint and a 16-4 cushion in second chance points. The Spartans outscored Morgan, 27-16 in bench scoring.



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