Heading into a contest against Norfolk State Jan. 28, it had been six years since Morgan State was last swept by the Spartans in a season series. Norfolk State will have to wait another year. Morgan State senior guard Omara Parker came off the bench for a team-high 17 points to lead the visiting Lady Bears past Norfolk State, 75-68 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) game at Echols Hall in Norfolk, Va.??

Morgan State freshman guard Chyress Lockhart scored 12 of her 16 points in the second half, while senior guard DeKeisha Mathis and junior guard Moneshia Davis added 15 and 13 points, respectively, for the Lady Bears. The squad avenged their earlier loss to the Spartans in Baltimore, and recorded their season-best third consecutive victory. The win also ended a two-game losing skid to Norfolk State and was Morgan’s eighth win over the Spartans in the last 10 meetings.??

Morgan State (6-14 overall, 3-4 MEAC) broke a 28-28 halftime tie with a 17-6 run to start the second half. Mathis capped off the run with a three-pointer to put the Lady Bears up 45-34 with 14:27 to play.?The Lady Spartans (8-11 overall, 3-5 MEAC) would fall behind by as much as 13 points (62-49) with just under five minutes to play. But Norfolk State would not go away, responding with a 15-5 run over the next four minutes capped off with a three-point play by junior center Batavia Owens to pull the Spartans to within 67-64 with 59 seconds remaining.??

The Lady Bears closed out the game by hitting eight straight free throws to hold on for the 75-68 victory.??

Norfolk State was led by senior guard Whitney Long, who finished with a game-high 18 points, while sophomore forward Rachel Gordon added a double-double with 16 points and a game-high 19 rebounds. Sophomore guard Rae Corbo contributed 13 points and Owens added 13 points along with 16 rebounds to help the host Spartans hold a 54-36 rebounding advantage over Morgan State.??

Both teams scored 32 points in the paint, but Norfolk State held a 20-8 advantage in second chance points. Morgan State scored 22 points off of 20 Norfolk State turnovers, while the Spartans forced 19 turnovers and scored 16 points off of them. ?

Morgan State will return to action Jan. 30 when they visit Hampton in an ESPNU televised game. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the HU Convocation Center in Hampton, Va. The Hampton Lady Pirates suffered their first MEAC loss of the season Jan. 28, falling to Coppin State 69-66 in overtime.


Kevin Paige

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