NORFOLK, Va. – South Carolina State found poor shooton the boards too much to overcome Saturday in dropping a 52-35 decision to Old Dominion at the Constant Convocation Center Saturday.
The loss was the second in as many outings for the Lady Bulldogs who dropped to 5-7 on the season. Guards Bryeasha Blair and Kemoni Jenkins had 15 and 12 points, respectively, to lead the SC State effort. Forward Kyesha Lewis added six points before fouling out in the final two minutes, while forward/center Jasmine Lewis led the Lady Bulldogs on the boards with six.
The host Monarchs, who won for only the second time in 12 outings, were led by Odegua Oigbokie with 13 points and as many rebounds. Victoria Morris added 12 points and Taylor Edwards 10 and a game-high 15 boards.
Old Dominion enjoyed a 52-28 edge on the boards and outscored SC State 27-10 in the paint. The Monarchs also had an edge in second-chance points 16-4, however, the Lady Bulldogs won the turnover battle, committing just 11 to 18 for the host.
“Overall, the beat us in just about every area,” said Lady Bulldog head coach Dough Robertson after the loss. “We didn’t show very much energy and were beaten badly on the boards. I’m a little concerned as we are about to move into conference play. We have to regroup quickly.”
SC State will open Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play Wednesday at Daytona Beach against Bethune-Cookman.
The host outscored the Lady Bulldogs 16-7 in the opening quarter and never trailed after then. Old Dominion led 28-16 at the half, following a 12-9 second period.
SC State failed to make any headway in the third although the Lady Bulldogs fought the Monarchs to a 12-all time in the period, which ended with Old Dominion ahead 40-28. The final stanza was also won 12-7 by Old Dominion for the final margin.
SC State made just 25.5 percent (12-47) of its attempts from the field to 33.9 percent (19-56) for Old Dominion.