The Norfolk State University women’s basketball team played like champions on Feb. 26. It was also the institution’s Alumni Day, a day when the school recognized all of its past championship teams, and celebrated its ring ceremony for its 2009-10 women’s and men’s cross country, indoor and outdoor championship teams.

Freshman guard Rae Corbo scored a team-high 20 points, including four three-pointers, to lead Norfolk State to a 66-65 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) victory over visiting Morgan State on Feb. 26 at Echols Hall in Norfolk, Va. Norfolk Freshman forward Rachel Gordon grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to go with her nine points.

The win was just the second conference victory for the last-place Norfolk State squad, who improved to 9-16 overall and 2-12 in the MEAC to end an eight-game string of losses. Their win also put an end to Morgan’s seven-game winning streak over the Norfolk.

Morgan State (15-12 overall, 9-5 MEAC), which entered the game in second-place in the league standings, was led by junior guard Mahala Thomas’ career- and game-high 25 points. Thomas came off the bench and shot 10-of-15, from the field, including 5-of-7 from three-point range in the loss. Senior guard Brittany Dodson added 10 points and freshman guard Whitney Southerland chipped in with eight points.

Morgan State will now travel to Greensboro, N.C. to take on the Lady Aggies of North Carolina A&T on Feb. 28 in a nationally-televised contest on ESPNU. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the Corbett Sports Center, and the game will determine second-place in the league standings. N.C. A&T (14-12 overall, 9-5 MEAC) was an 81-58 winner over Coppin State on Feb. 26.

Kevin Paige

Special to the AFRO