Morgan State hands NCCU women another loss

Jan. 28, 2013 @ 09:50 PM

A poor-shooting N.C. Central team didn’t help itself with 20 turnovers against Morgan State.
The Lady Bears (6-14, 3-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) left NCCU’s McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium with a 55-39 road win on Monday, led by a game-high 23 points from Bianca Jarrett.
Tenika Neely led the Lady Eagles with 12 points, and NCCU got eight points from Chasidy Williams and Tisha Dixon added seven points and nine rebounds.
That sort of group effort was a different look for the Lady Eagles (0-19, 0-6 MEAC), which was welcomed by NCCU coach Vanessa Taylor.
Taylor said she was glad to see her team compete for the entire game, as opposed to mailing it in during the second half in NCCU’s last outing against Coppin State on Saturday.
While NCCU’s effort was there, the execution was lacking, particularly those 20 turnovers. It’s hard to win like that, Taylor said.
NCCU turned it over 12 times in the first half yet managed to stay within striking distance.
The Lady Eagles came to play, Morgan State coach Donald Beasley said.
“We’ve been struggling, too,” Beasley said. “They just don’t have enough players. They played hard. That first half is indicative of a good basketball game. They needed to score a little bit more, but they put more pressure on us than it looked like.
“We had the eight-point lead at the half. We figured with a team that hadn’t won a game, going down eight, that’s good for them – that’s good for them, especially since they don’t’ have a deep bench.”
NCCU will hit the road in search of its first win of the season. The Lady Eagles visit Delaware State on Saturday and drop in on Maryland Eastern Shore on Monday.
“We just keep working to get better,” Taylor said.

Morgan State 55, NCCU 39
MORGAN STATE — Jarrett 8-17 3-4 23, Carrington 8-13 0-0 16, Southerland 4-10 0-0 10, Davis 1-3 2-2 4, Montgomery 1-2 0-0 2, Jackson 0-0 0-0 0, Kline 0-0 0-0 0, Coardes 0-4 0-0 0, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 22-52 5-6 55.
N.C. CENTRAL — T. Neely 5-12 1-2 12, Williams 4-11 0-1 8, Dixon 1-4 5-8 7, Gary 2-3 0-0 4, A. Neely 1-3 1-1 3, Perry 1-2 0-0 3, Hoyle 0-6 2-2 2, Blount 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-41 9-14 39.
Morgan St. 26 29—55
NCCU 18 21—39
3-Point Goals—Morgan State 6-23 (Jarrett 4-9; Southerland 2-8; Davis 0-1; Coardes 0-4; Smith 0-1), NCCU 2-4 (T. Neely 1-2; Perry 1-1; Williams 0-1). Rebounds—Morgan State 30 (Carrington 7), NCCU 32 (Dixon 9). Assists—Morgan State 11 (Jarrett 4), NCCU 4 (A. Neely 1; Hoyle 1; Dixon 1; Williams 1). Total fouls—Morgan State 15, NCCU 11. A—822.