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NORFOLK, Va - The South Carolina State women’s basketball team dropped their second straight league contest on the road in a 63-49 loss to Norfolk State on Monday at Echols Hall.

South Carolina State fell to 9-16 overall, 4-9 in the MEAC, while Norfolk State improved to 16-9 overall, 9-4 in the league.

Bryeasha Blair led the Lady Bulldogs with a game-high 19 points and five rebounds, while junior guard Kemoni Jenkins added 11 points and eight rebounds. Junior forward Jasmine Williams provided 10 rebounds.

Despite the loss, S.C. State led in several categories including rebounding (50-44), points off turnovers (22-8), 2nd chance points (10-7).

The game was tied 27-27 at halftime.

The Lady Spartans took a four-point lead in the third quarter off a jumper by Khadedra Croker with 6:15 remaining. Blair’s driving layup with 41 seconds left tied the game 38-38 for the eighth time. Raven Russell closed out the quarter with a layup to push NSU ahead 40-38.

NSU took full control of the fourth quarter jumping to a 15-point lead, 59-44, off a pair of free-throws by Armani Franklin with 2:08 remaining in regulation.

Norfolk State shot at an 80-percent clip (20-of-25) from the charity stripe.

Kayla Roberts led the way for the Lady Spartans with the games only double-double, 12 points and 15 rebounds, Russell added 12 points and seven rebounds in the win.

S.C. State returns to action on Saturday at home when they host N.C. Central in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference doubleheader at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center. Tip-off is 2 p.m. for the women, with the men following in a 4 p.m. start.


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