NCCU women stop Savannah State for 2nd win of season

Mar. 02, 2013 @ 09:06 PM

 A storybook finish in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference by N.C. Central senior Chasidy Williams delivered a milestone win for first-year Lady Eagles coach Vanessa Taylor in McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium on Saturday.

On Senior Day, Williams hit the game-winning free throw with two seconds left, giving Taylor her 300th career win 33-29 over Savannah State.

Taylor won most of those games at Johnson C. Smith, her employer through last season, where she won more games than any women’s basketball coach in that school’s history.

Yet Taylor emerging victorious against Savannah State was just the second time this season that NCCU has won, and the Tigers were on the wrong side of the scoreboard both times, as if the Eagles have their number.

“It appears that way, doesn’t it?” Savannah State coach Cedric Baker said. “It’s always been tough playing them.”

Williams said there was nothing particularly special about the game plan to try to get another win against Savannah State.

“The same thing we did the first time, do it the second time, and we’ll win,” Williams said.

“We had our opportunities to put it away. So did they, and they took advantage of it,” Baker said. “Simple as that.”

Two free throws by Savannah State’s Erin Hogue (10 points, 15 rebounds) tied the contest with 20 seconds left.

NCCU (2-25, 2-12 MEAC) pushed the ball across halfcourt and called time with 11.4 seconds to play.

Savannah State (7-20, 2-12 MEAC) countered with a timeout after the Eagles stepped onto the floor and showed their hand.

When the game resumed, NCCU lost the ball, and Savannah State missed a shot on the other end. Williams (6 points, 11 rebounds) ended up with the ball and got fouled, hitting one of two free throws to give the Eagles at 30-29 lead.

Williams wasn’t done. She stole Savannah State’s inbounds pass and hoisted a 3-pointer that fell through the nets as the final buzzer sounded, a little icing on the cake.

“I feel like I had the best senior night that anyone has ever had,” Williams said. “To be put in that position again after I messed it up the first time against South Carolina State, I got to redeem myself. So it feels really good that I could do that for my team and my coach.”

At S.C. State, Williams had an opportunity to win that game from the foul line but missed the front end of a one-and-one.

Taylor, presented with flowers and the game ball commemorating her 300th win, said her lone senior really stepped up.

“I was so excited for her, especially after playing South Carolina State this year and going to the line,” Taylor said. “She was really devastated about not being able to come through that particular time. So she’s been able to keep herself together, work extremely hard on her free throws. Her teammates, and Chasidy, tonight just rallied defensively.”

NCCU held Savannah State to 11 points in the second half, and that’s something the Eagles can build upon, Taylor said.

NOTES — NCCU women’s associate head coach Ronnie Enoch was at Chapel Hill High School this past week watching the Tigers girls compete in the state basketball playoffs. He actually showed up twice. Several Chapel Hill players returned the love by sitting a few rows behind NCCU’s bench on Saturday during the Eagles’ game against Savannah State. Chapel Hill’s sweet-shooting Raziyah Farrington jumped out of her seat when NCCU’s Tisha Dixon (12 points, 10 rebounds) tied the game with four minutes left. Farrington rose again when Aja Hoyle gave NCCU a 29-27 lead. Chapel Hill has advanced to this week’s East Region semifinals in Fayetteville.

N.C. Central 33, Savannah State 29
 
Score By Periods 1 2 Total RECORDS
Savannah State 18 11 29 7-20/2-12 MEAC
North Carolina Central 11 22 33 2-25/2-12 MEAC
Date: 3/2/2013
Attendance: 630
Site: Durham, N.C. (McDougald-McLendon Gym)
Referees:Toby Jones, Kenneth Stephens, Carmen Portorreal

Savannah State 29


## Player GS FGM-FGA 3FGM-3FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF TOT PF TP A TO BLK STL MIN
  First Half   8-31
25.81 %
0-4
0.00 %
2-2
100.00 %
  Second Half   4-24
16.67 %
0-2
0.00 %
3-4
75.00 %
4 NORMAN,Jasmine * 4-13 0-1 2-2 2-3 5 4 10 0 4 0 0 31
14 HOGUE,Erin * 4-14 0-0 2-2 6-9 15 1 10 1 4 1 2 39
24 GREENE,Charmaine * 1-2 0-0 0-0 3-3 6 2 2 0 1 1 1 22
13 THOMAS,Jazmin * 1-6 0-3 0-0 1-2 3 1 2 0 1 0 1 32
5 UBA,Blessing * 1-9 0-2 0-0 4-1 5 1 2 0 1 0 1 33
50 SHELTON,Nicole   1-7 0-0 1-2 1-1 2 1 3 0 1 0 0 14
32 HANTON,Shawanda   0-3 0-0 0-0 0-2 2 1 0 0 2 0 2 20
55 FRAZIER,Chantrell   0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
15 WILLIAMS,Jerryshia   0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 6
11 CUK,Smiljana   0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
0 TEAM   0-0 0-0 0-0 0-5 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

N.C. Central 33


## Player GS FGM-FGA FGM3-FGA3 FTM-FTA OFF-DEF TOT PF TP A TO BLK STL MIN
  First Half   4-19
21.05 %
0-3
0.00 %
3-4
75.00 %
  Second Half   7-28
25.00 %
1-1
100.00 %
7-10
70.00 %
25 DIXON,Tisha * 3-4 0-0 6-8 3-7 10 3 12 0 2 0 2 26
24 WILLIAMS,Chasidy * 2-10 1-1 1-2 5-6 11 1 6 1 3 0 3 33
04 HOYLE,Aja * 2-10 0-0 0-0 0-4 4 4 4 1 9 0 1 37
23 NEELY,Amber * 2-11 0-2 0-0 1-1 2 0 4 0 1 0 2 36
13 NEELY,Tenika * 0-4 0-0 2-2 0-1 1 0 2 3 0 0 0 19
35 GARY,Tiffany   2-4 0-0 1-2 2-5 7 2 5 0 2 0 0 28
40 BLOUNT,Kaylah   0-1 0-0 0-0 2-1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 5
TM TEAM   0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
03 PERRY,Montreshia   0-3 0-1 0-0 0-2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 16