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The South Carolina State women’s basketball team will welcome the UNLV Running Lady Rebels to town Saturday when the two teams meet in a 2 p.m. contest at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.

The contest will mark the first-ever meeting of the two programs.

Admission is $5 for students and others who are 18-years old and younger, $7 general admission for adults and $10 reserved.

UNLV’s visit will mark the first time S.C. State has hosted a major university in Orangeburg since the 1993-94 campaign. It’s not often that HBCUs can get major NCAA Division I schools to play them on their home court. However, the Lady Bulldogs hosted both Clemson of the ACC and Georgia of the SEC ia that season, 25 seasons ago, and both teams left with a loss.

Powered by the backcourt of future S.C. State Hall of Famers Wanda Wiggins of Bamberg and Sonya Wilson of Orangeburg, the Lady Bulldogs defeated Clemson 74-61 and handed Georgia a 77-72 setback.

First-year Lady Bulldogs head coach Audra Smith, whose team is 5-5 on the year, is hoping her team can be just as successful against the visiting Running Lady Rebels, who lost 66-38 at Duke on Thursday. That same day S.C. State earned an 88-61 win over NAIA member Voorhees at home.

Smith’s familiarity with the Lady Rebel coaching staff, and both team’s need for another game, led to UNLV making a stop in Orangeburg.

S.C. State may be catching a break in playing the Lady Rebels at this time, since UNLV will be playing without two of its top players due to injuries. The Duke loss dropped UNLV to 1-6 on the season. However, Smith noted that the Lady Running Rebels are a very talented team, but have played a very challenging schedule thus far, winning only against UC-Santa Barbara.

“Even without two of its best players, UNLV is still a very formidable team with great talent,” Smith said. “They have a lot of size, their guards are big and can penetrate and their post players are not only tough inside, they can shoot the three.

“It’s a big game for S.C. State and our program, and we invite the community to come out and support us.”

Bulldogs dominate Voorhees

(AP) Ozante Fields and Damani Applewhite both recorded double-doubles as South Carolina State got off to a fast start and eased to a 90-69 home victory over NAIA program Voorhees to halt an eight-game losing skid on Thursday night.

Fields, a local Denmark-Olar High product, was almost perfect, making 7 of 7 field-goal attempts and 5 of 6 free throws for 19 points, while grabbing 11 rebounds. Applewhite contributed 16 points with 11 rebounds. Aramani Hill added 12 points, Janai Raynor-Powell chipped in 11 and Rayshawn Neal had 10 points for South Carolina State (2-8).

S.C. State plays again on Sunday at Virginia Tech at 1 p.m.

On Thursday, the Bulldogs won the rebound battle 48-27 and made 16 more free throws than Voorhees.

S.C. State raced out to a 47-25 lead by halftime and was up 62-33 with 14:24 remaining in the second half.

Javari Albergottie was 7 of 18 from beyond the arc to total 21 points for Voorhees. Alex Brooks added 18 points for the Tigers.

Denmark Tech 87

Columbia International 60

DENMARK – Denmark Tech men's basketball won its second home game in the span of two days, following up Wednesday's home win against Spartanburg Methodist with Thursday's home win against Columbia International University.

DTC beat CIU 60-87, as D.J. Kitchings led DTC with 20 points.

Bobby McFadden had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds for DTC, while Marcus Ford added 12 points.

Denmark Tech is now 4-4 and will play host to Richard Bland College on Wednesday, January 9 at 7 p.m.

Panthers head to

Raleigh to face Falcons

The Claflin University men’s basketball team will look to complete the season sweep of Saint Augustine’s University on Saturday in Raleigh, N.C. against the Falcons in a 4 p.m. Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) contest.

Claflin, which defeated Saint Augustine’s by 12 - in an 83-71 game on Nov. 19 - is 3-7 overall and 2-3 in the CIAA.

Saint Augustine’s enters the game at 2-5 overall and 0-1 in the CIAA

In the meeting on Nov. 19, Triston Thompson scored a career-high 30 points and dished out nine assists. Romero Hill chipped in 15 points while Rodney Prichard came off the bench to add 12.

Saint Augustine’s, was led in the contest by Tyre Gathright with 25 points followed by Miguel Brown with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Claflin is coming off a 72-70 win over Virginia Union on Thursday. The win stopped a five-game slide for the Panthers. Thompson led four players in double figures with 18 points, including connecting on 3-of-4 from behind the arc. He also added eight rebounds, four assists and one steal to his stat line.

Claflin is currently ranked second in the CIAA and 17th nationally in free throws made in Division II with 156, with Thompson accounting for 49.

Collectively, the Panthers are averaging 73.6 points and are allowing 74.5 points per outing. The team is shooting 71 percent from the charity stripe with Thompson shooting 86 percent.

Danny Brown is leading the team in scoring at 15 points per game followed by Thompson at 13. The Panthers have three players averaging in double figures, with Jaimik Moore is dropping in 11.3 points per game.

Austin Lawton, who has played in just four of the Panthers 10 games since returning from an injury sustained last season, is averaging 9.8 points, 3.8 rebounds with six blocks.

Other key contributors to Claflin's offense are Cornellius Reynolds and Hill. Reynolds is averaging 7.3 points and 6.3 rebounds while Hill is averaging 7.1 points per game.

The Falcons are averaging 69.1 points and 34.9 rebounds per game. Saint Augustine’s is allowing 76.4 points and 37.4 rebounds per game.

Gathright and Brown are leading the Falcons in scoring and rebounding at 19.3 and 5.3, respectively. Jquwan Ruffin is the only other double-figure scorer for Saint Augustine’s at 10.7 points per game.

Claflin will be back in action next Tuesday, Dec. 11 when they host Virginia State University in a CIAA contest. Tip-off is set for approximately 7:30 p.m. or 20 minutes after the conclusion of the women’s contest, which is set for 5:30 pm. in Tullis Arena on Claflin's campus.

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