NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk State women’s basketball team continues its three-game road swing this weekend when it faces the Bison of Howard on Saturday, Feb 6, in the nation’s capital. Tip-off is at 2 p.m. at Burr Gymnasium. The Spartans, in search of their first win of the year, have had a week off since falling by 11 points at Hampton.
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Scouting NSU: The Spartans (0-19, 0-9 MEAC) got a career-high 17 points from Dominique Harper and trimmed a 24-point second-half all the way down to seven in the fourth quarter, but fell short by a 73-62 score at first-place Hampton on Saturday, Jan. 30. Malia Tate-DeFreitas scored 24 points, Mikayla Sayle added 15 and nine rebounds, and K’lynn Willis scored 14 points for Hampton, which shot 47 percent from the floor. NSU was forced into 23 turnovers and shot 37.5 percent.
Harper scored 15 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter alone, hitting 6-of-11 from the floor. Siobhan Beslow tallied her fourth consecutive double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while handing out a team-high three assists. She also had three steals and two blocks.
Scouting Howard: Howard (3-17, 1-6) dropped its fifth straight game on Monday, falling 62-59 at Maryland Eastern Shore despite 26 points from Jasmine Hill. Imani Bailey added 14 points and Sydni Johnson had 11 points and 11 rebounds. But Howard shot just 29 percent from the floor and got outrebounded 50-33. Howard was playing without center Victoria Gonzales, the MEAC’s leading scorer at 20.7 points per game. Gonzales also leads the team with 8.6 rebounds per game.
Howard has a strong offense, led by Gonzales, Bailey (15.5 points per game), Hill (13.5) and Johnson (12.5). Howard does rank last in the MEAC in turnovers (21.2) and points allowed (76.2).
All-Time Series vs. Howard: Howard leads the all-time series against NSU, 30-13. The Spartans have won four in a row, however, their longest win streak in series history. The Spartans won all three meetings last season, coupling double-digit wins at home (90-71) and in the MEAC tournament (67-55) with a tight win at Howard (63-60). Howard’s last win over NSU was two years ago, a 77-63 decision at Echols Hall on Feb. 10, 2014.
Harper Ready to Break Out? Junior guard Dominique Harper has increased her production as of late, scoring in double figures for the first two times this year in her last three games. Harper had 10 points against South Carolina State and a career-high 17 at Hampton, with all but two of those coming in the fourth quarter. Harper had scored 39 points all year before the S.C. State game. Before SCSU, she had not scored in double figures since scoring 12 against UMES on March 3, 2014, during her freshman year.
The 17 points also surpassed the previous career high of 15 that she scored against Savannah State on Jan. 25, 2014.
This and That: Some recent statistical trends and notes for the Spartan women:
• Hampton scored 73 points against NSU, snapping the Spartans’ five-game streak of allowing fewer than 70.
• Siobhan Beslow (three) led NSU in assists for the first time this year.
• NSU notched 10 steals as a team, its seventh time this year reaching double figures in that statistic. NSU has had a season high of 11 three times, last coming at N.C. A&T on Jan. 18.
• Koryn Lawrence had three steals at Hampton, her seventh straight game with at least one theft. She is fifth in the league this year in steals, with 2.0 per game (36).
Originally posted on NSUSpartans.com.