NORFOLK, Va. – Battle of the Bay: Round 2. The Norfolk State women’s basketball team (14-13, 9-6) will look to avenge a one-point loss and end its regular season on a high note when it travels the 16 miles between the two schools separated by the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. The Spartans will play their regular-season finale at Hampton on Monday at 6 p.m. If the Spartans defeat Hampton, they can finish as high as third or as low as fifth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular-season standings. Consequently, if Hampton wins, Norfolk State will finish between fifth and eighth in the standings.
Scouting NSU: The Spartans dropped its third consecutive game on Saturday as Te’Shya Heslip’s 30 points helped Howard spoil Norfolk State’s senior day with a 68-60 victory over the Spartans on Saturday afternoon at Echols Hall.
Kayla Roberts led Norfolk State (14-13, 9-6 MEAC) with 16 points and nine rebounds, while senior forward Khalilah Ali added 10 points and eight boards. Gabrielle Swinson dropped a team-high five assists.
Norfolk State ranks second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in scoring offense at 62.3 points per game, while the Spartans allow the second-fewest points per contest at 57.0 points. They have the second-highest shooting percentage at 38.1 percent, and the second-best field-goal defense in the conference at 32.9 percent.
Norfolk State grabs 42.9 rebounds per game, which is the third-most in the MEAC, while blocking the most shots at 6.4 per contest. The Spartans hand out the most assists per game at 14.2 and have the second-fewest turnovers per game at 16.0.
Scouting Hampton: The Lady Pirates are 9-5 in MEAC play, including 5-5 in their last 10 games, after victorty at Morgan State on Saturday afternoon. Hampton’s win coupled with Norfolk State’s loss to Howard, vaulted the Lady Pirates’ into third place in the conference standings.
Last time out, Hampton utilized a 23-3 run over a four minute span in the second half enroute to a 71-58 victory over Morgan State on Saturday afternoon.
Hampton ranks fifth in the MEAC in scoring at 60.8 points per game, while it ranks fourth in points allowed at 59.4 points per game. The Lady Pirates shoots the six-highest percentage from the floor at 34.1 percent, while allowing their opponents to shoot 38.8 percent which ranks ninth in the conference.
Hampton grabs 37.8 rebounds per game while allowing 42.9 boards per game.
All-Time Series vs. Hampton: The two programs have met 93 times on the hardwood, with Hampton holding a 56-37 advantage. Hampton has won three of the last five meetings between the two teams, including a 58-57 victory at Echols Hall on Jan. 21.
Last Meeting vs. Hampton: Norfolk State controlled the first matchup for the first three quarters and led 43-30, heading to the final period. However, the Lady Pirates outscored the Spartans 28-14 in the fourth quarter to steal a 58-57 victory at Echols Hall on Jan. 21.
Despite squandering a 13-point lead, Norfolk State had a shot to win the game when Khalilah Ali grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled on an attempted layup with 2.7 seconds remaining. She missed both shots at the free-throw line and Kaylah Lupoe grabbed the rebound after the second attempt, sealing the victory for the Lady Pirates.
Originally published at nsuspartans.com