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Lady Bulldogs set for rubber

match with Savannah State

South Carolina State's women's basketball team will open play Tuesday in the 2019 MEAC Tournament being contested at The Scope in Norfolk, Va.

The Lady Bulldogs will open the tournament against the most recent opponent they have played, Savannah State. The Lady Bulldogs lost their regular-season finale 65-64 last Thursday to visiting Savannah State. The two teams split their regular-season contests.

The two teams will be meeting for a third time on Tuesday in the opening round of the tournament in a 3:30 p.m. match-up. The winner moves on to Wednesday’s Quarterfinals against the No. 2 Seed, Maryland Eastern Shore at 2 p.m.

The 2018-2019 season has been an up-and-down campaign for first-year Lady Bulldogs head coach Audra Smith, who took over the S.C. State women’s program this year after five seasons as head coach at Clemson.

S.C. State, under Smith, had its best finish (15-15 overall, 8-8 MEAC) since the 2014-2015 season when the Lady Bulldogs were 16-12 and 9-7 in the MEAC under departed head coach Doug Robertson.

The Lady Bulldogs’ longest winning streak has been three games, which occurred just once, early in the campaign. In MEAC contests, S.C. State had a better road record (5-3) than home record (3-5), which is unusual in the league.

Smith’s team, which has eight seniors on its roster, enters this year’s tourney as the Number 7 Seed, after finishing the campaign 15-15 overall and 8-8 in conference play.

The Lady Bulldogs, once Kingpins of the MEAC, will be looking for their first tournament title in title in 26 years.

S.C. State’s last tourney title came in 1993, when the Lady Bulldogs defeated Coppin State 65-54 in the finals for back-to-back championships.

S.C. State was last in the finals in 2010, when it lost 57-46 to Hampton.

Last season, the Lady Bulldogs captured their opening-round game 76-67 over North Carolina Central before losing 54-38 in the quarterfinals to eventual champion North Carolina A&T.

Bulldogs open MEAC

Tournament with UMES

The No. 9 seed South Carolina State Bulldogs men's basketball team will take on the No. 8 seed Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the first round of the 2019 MEAC Tournament being held at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.

The event is to last from Tuesday through Saturday.

The winner of this game will advance to take on top-ranked Norfolk State in the quarterfinals Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The last time the two teams met during the regular season the Hawks defeated the Bulldogs, 63-61, in Princess Anne, Md.

Second Team All-MEAC forward Damani 

Applewhite leads the Bulldogs in scoring and rebounding with 16.9 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, while UMES is led by Ryan Andino with 10.3 points per outing.

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