Freshman Tracey Carrington scored 15 of her game-high 21 points in the second half and added 11 rebounds to record a double-double, while fellow freshman Amarah Williams added 16 points to lead Morgan State to a 66-50 victory over Division II Bowie State in an exhibition game on Saturday afternoon at Hill Field House.

Carrington, a native of Baltimore, connected on 7-of-13 shooting, knocked down all seven of her free throw attempts and added a block and an assist in 35 minutes of action. Williams, a 6-2 forward out of St. Louis, Mo., shot 6-for-12 from the field, went 4-for-6 from the charity stripe and hauled in five rebounds. Parker, a native of Annapolis and former Towson University player, grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds (10 defensive) to go along with six points and the team’s lone block of the game. She also added three steals to tie Williams and Chyress Lockhart for game high honors.

Bowie State was led by Kim Jones, who finished with 15 points, six rebounds and a game-high three blocked shots. Chanet Wallace added 13 points and tied Juliette Turner with a team-high nine rebounds. Brooke Miles chipped in with 10 points.

The Lady Bears overcame a slow start in the first half by limiting the Lady Bulldogs to 6-of-30 (20 percent) shooting from the floor, including 0-for-8 from the three-point arc. Morgan State, which shot 38.7 percent from the floor (12-of-31), including 3-for-10 from three-point range, used a 17-4 run over the last nine minutes of the first half to break a 14 all tie and take a 31-18 lead into the locker room.

Morgan State held a 36-18 lead three minutes into the second half, but the Lady Bulldogs would not go away, slowly chipping away at the deficit. Bowie State used a 27-16 spurt, including an 11-2 run to end the spurt and pull within 52-45 after a layup by Jones with 5:22 remaining in the contest.

However, the Lady Bears would close out the Lady Bulldogs with a 14-5 run for the 66-50 victory.

The hosts finished the day shooting 39 percent (22-of-56) and 3-for-12 (25 percent) from three-point range. Jamesia (Jamie) Smith was a perfect 6-for-6 from the line to help the Lady Bears shot 76 percent (19-of-25) from the line.

Bowie State shot 30 percent (18-of-60) and 3-for-16 (18 percent) from three-point range. The Lady Bulldogs connected on 11-of-15 from the charity stripe.

Morgan State opens up the season next Friday, Nov. 11 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.


Kevin Paige

Special to the AFRO