Michael Jordan had a flu game, and now, North Carolina Central’s Racquel Davis has her own story to add to sports lore — “The Throw-up Game.”
When a game seems out of reach, the lead insurmountable, North Carolina Central women’s coach Vanessa Taylor simplifies things for her team. Instead of using points, she coaches in possessions. And in N.C. Central’s 59-58 win against Coppin State Saturday afternoon, Taylor’s coaching methods did just the trick.
Senior Karamo Jawara, who finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, took a short-range shot but it clanked off the rim. As the ball careened away from the basket and toward players from each team clashing for the rebound, Jordan Parks boxed out his man, grabbed the ball and put it back up for the winning basket 11 seconds to spare.
NCCU men haven't lost home game since December 2012
NCCU overcomes a 12-point second-half deficit to defeat Hampton and remain the MEAC's lone undefeated team.
N.C. Central (13-5, 5-0 MEAC) grabbed sole possession of first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, downing Norfolk State (11-9, 4-1 MEAC) 60-56 on the road Saturday night. Hampton (8-9, 4-1 MEAC) dropped into a second-place tie with NSU after falling to N.C. A&T 54-51.
Norfolk State senior guard Rae Corbo, the top scorer in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference women’s basketball, poured in 29 points for the second straight game to lead the Spartans to an 82-58 victory over N.C. Central Saturday at Echols Hall.
N.C. Central, Norfolk State and Hampton are 4-0 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Transfer point guard Nimrod Hilliard is adjusting to coach LeVelle Moton's offense and scored 17 points in the Eagles' win over Savannah State Monday night.
The N.C. Central women's basketball team struggled defensively against Savannah State.
It was like getting a shot, N.C. Central women’s basketball coach Vanessa Taylor said. After a nine-game losing streak, her team’s 56-54 overtime win against South Carolina State (8-6, 1-2 MEAC) Saturday gave the Eagles a much-needed boost heading into the rest of MEAC play.
After NCCU’s 76-45 win against South Carolina State (4-13, 2-1 MEAC) Saturday, LeVelle Moton crossed another major threshold with his 100th victory, all earned while coaching his alma mater.
NCCU is generating its offense from a formidable defense, utilizing a swarming scheme to force turnovers and keep opponents to low shooting percentages.
N.C. Central led Saturday’s women’s basketball game against Bluefield State for more than 28 minutes, including the first 16 of the second half. But the visiting Lady Blues led when it mattered — at the final buzzer.
NCCU’s defense disrupted the Jaguars (4-10) from the very beginning of its first game in a week, forcing them to commit their first turnover a mere 20 seconds into the game.