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Spartans, Lady Pirates do battle Saturday, Jan 30

Long-time local rivals Norfolk State and Hampton meet for the first installment of their yearly basketball series at 4 p.m. this Saturday, Jan 30, at the HU Convocation Center. The Spartans are still in search of their first win of the year, while Hampton remains in first place in the conference, one game ahead of second-place Bethune-Cookman. Photo from NSUSpartans.com

Long-time local rivals Norfolk State and Hampton meet for the first installment of their yearly basketball series at 4 p.m. this Saturday, Jan 30, at the HU Convocation Center. The Spartans are still in search of their first win of the year, while Hampton remains in first place in the conference, one game ahead of second-place Bethune-Cookman. Photo from NSUSpartans.com.

NORFOLK, Va. – Long-time local rivals Norfolk State and Hampton meet for the first installment of their yearly basketball series at 4 p.m. this Saturday, Jan 30, at the HU Convocation Center. The Spartans are still in search of their first win of the year, while Hampton remains in first place in the conference, one game ahead of second-place Bethune-Cookman.

Scouting NSU: The Spartans (0-18, 0-8) shot just 31 percent from the floor while Savannah State connected on 52 percent, and the visiting Lady Tigers got a career-high 28 points from Kenyata Hendrix in a 68-53 win over the Spartans on Monday. SSU made 12 of its 17 second-half baskets (70.6 percent) and outrebounded NSU, 35-26.

SSU, leading 33-25 at the half, made nine straight field goals early in the second half to open up a 17-point edge over the Spartans late in the third period.

Kayla Roberts (12 points) and Siobhan Beslow (11 points) led NSU in scoring, with Beslow notching her ninth double-double of the year and third in a row after also grabbing 10 rebounds. Yazmen Hannah added nine points.

Scouting HU: Hampton (8-12, 6-1) won its fourth straight game, 63-50, over South Carolina State on Monday at the HU Convocation Center behind 30 points and 11 rebounds from reigning MEAC Player of the Year, Malia Tate-DeFreitas. Hampton’s defense also forced 19 turnovers and held S.C. State to 31 percent shooting. Kristine Rose and Kaylah Lupoe added nine points each for the Lady Pirates.

SCSU cut its deficit to five with 6:21 left, but did not made another field goal thereafter.

Tate-DeFreitas is second in the MEAC in scoring, at 19.6 points per game. She also averages 6.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game. Lupoe averages 10.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per outing.

All-Time Series vs. HU: Hampton leads the all-time series with NSU, 54-36. The teams split their two meetings last year, with each winning on its home floor. NSU’s 71-66, overtime win on Jan. 31, 2015 snapped HU’s 17-game winning streak in the series dating to 2006. Hampton won the second meeting last season in the regular-season finale, 64-49 on March 5.

NSU, HU SAAC to Sponsor Penny Drive: The NSU and Hampton University Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAAC) will partner to host a penny drive at Saturday’s game. All proceeds will be donated to the family of NSU’s Amber Brown, who has been hospitalized since Jan. 1 while recovering from a serious medical condition. Proceeds will go toward Brown’s medical expenses. Both Hampton and NSU SAAC members will collect money during Saturday’s games.

Checks can be made payable to the Norfolk State University Athletics Foundation, with “Amber Brown” placed in the memo line.

This and That: Some recent statistical trends and notes for the Spartan women:
• NSU has allowed fewer than 70 points in five straight games, its first such streak this year.
• Siobhan Beslow grabbed eight of her 10 rebounds on the offensive end at Savannah State, her most offensive boards since grabbing 14 at Virginia.
• Koryn Lawrence tied her career high with five steals vs. SSU. She also had five this year at Coppin State.
• Brehanna Daniels tallied a career-high three assists and led the team in assists for the first time since she’s been at NSU.
• The Spartans blocked a season-best eight shots at N.C. A&T, with Shayla Tanner blocking a career-high six. No Spartan has had more in a game since Dec. 8, 2007, when Tiffany Gadsden had eight against Southern.
• Daniels scored a career-high 12 points against N.C. A&T, her first time in double figures as a Spartan.

Double Your Pleasure: Siobhan Beslow has double-doubles in three straight games in which she’s played (NCCU, SCSU, Savannah State) and four of her last five, giving her a MEAC-high nine double-doubles this year. She ranks in the top 30 nationally in that category. Teammate Kayla Roberts also has four double-doubles, giving NSU a MEAC-leading 13 this year. The two have accomplished the feat in the same game twice this year, vs. FAMU (Roberts 15-10, Beslow 14-11) and Oakland (Roberts 10-14, Beslow 18-12).

Beslow at Her Best: Siobhan Beslow continues to impress 18 games into her senior season at NSU. The La Salle University graduate transfer ranks in the top 15 in the MEAC in nine different categories, including first in offensive rebounds (4.8) and total rebounds (9.6), second in field goal percentage (54.1) and seventh in blocks (1.2 average).

Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.