The Hampton Lady Pirates women basketball team easily beat the Howard Lady Bison, 59-38 for their fourth straight conference title on March 16 in Norfolk, Va., handling the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship game just like any other MEAC game this season.

The Lady Pirates had a perfect 17-0 record against MEAC opponents this season heading into the conference tournament finals and they kept their record flawless.

Hampton (28-5 overall record, 18-0 MEAC) got off to a good start shooting the ball, making nine of its first 12 shots to gain a comfortable lead. But they also played lights-out defense, holding Howard to only 38 points in two halves.

Howard’s star senior forward Saadia Doyle, the MEAC’s leading scorer at 20 points per game, was held to only nine points in the game.

“We’ve hung our hats on defense all year,” Hampton coach David Six told reporters after the game. “I thought defensively, we were able to get control of the game.”

Hampton senior guard Olivia Allen scored 16 points, while junior forward Alyssa Bennett followed with 14 and senior forward Keiara Avant added 12.

Hampton will now wait to see what seeding they will receive for the NCAA tournament. Coach Six said he believes his team deserves a higher seed than the 15 or 16 seed that they received in the past three years.

“We don’t control what the NCAA does, but I think given the seed we deserve, we’re dangerous,” Six said. “I don’t think we’re a 15 or a 16 seed. I think a 13 seed is fair.”

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Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor