Monday, January 29, 2007
ORANGEBURG, SC – South Carolina State’s Kristin Johnson took a feed from Brittany Baitey and put in a lay-up as time expired to lift South Carolina State to a 50-48 win over visiting Norfolk State Monday in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game.
The Lady Spartans had tied the contest at 48-all on a short jumper by Ashley Green with 18 seconds showing.
The Lady Bulldogs took a timeout with 11 seconds on the clock. The inbound pass went to Baitey, who appeared to be trapped in the left corner momentarily, however, the junior guard got free and rolled to the basket before finding Johnson for the winning shot.
Freshman Sophilia Hipps had 15 points to lead Coach Tonya Mackey’s team, which improved to 5-15 overall and 3-7 in the MEAC. Ashley Dublin came off the bench for 12 points and Johnson, who started in place of an injured Rasheeda Jones, contributed 10, including the clincher. Sophomore Jenell Moore had a game-high 11 rebounds for SC State.
Norfolk State was led by Areya Walker, who tossed in a game-high 17 points and added nine rebounds in the loss. Green contributed 12 points and six boards for the Lady Spartans, who dropped their seventh consecutive contest to fall to 3-16 and 2-7 in the league.
The host Lady Bulldogs built as much as a nine-point lead early in the first half, before the visitors battled back to take a 26-25 cushion to the locker room.
SC State got the first four points of the final stanza on a lay-up by Moore and a jumper by Hipps to build a 29-26 advantage with 17:22 left. The Lady Spartans closed the gap to one twice, the last time at 31-30 on a jumper by Tiffany Gadsden, who had six points off the bench, before the Lady Bulldogs went on an 8-1 run to go ahead 39-31 with 12:41 showing.
SC State owned a 44-37 edge when Jessica Gerald connected for a 3-pointer with 9:05 left, however the Lady Spartans fought back to deadlock the contest at 44-44 on a jumper from beyond the arc by Ebony Gibbs.
The lead changed hands twice and was tied as many times, the last time at 48-48 on Green’s basket with just 18 seconds remaining, setting up the finish.
The Lady Bulldogs return to action Saturday when they travel to Washington, DC to face Howard in the first of two MEAC road contests. Following Saturday’s game, Coach Mackey’s team will move to Princess Anne, Md. Monday to take on Maryland-Eastern Shore.