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The South Carolina State women’s basketball team will be looking for its first victory of the young season Saturday when the Lady Bulldogs travel to Rock Hill for a 1 p.m. meeting with Winthrop at the Winthrop Coliseum.

Coach Doug Robertson’s squad, 0-2 on the year, fell to Clemson 56-48 in its last outing Nov. 13 at Clemson, while the Eagles of Winthrop collected their first win of the season, 94-50 over N.C. Wesleyan last Wednesday to climb to 1-2 on the season. Winthrop will be celebrating its 2017 Homecoming.

Robertson is hoping that his squad, which features six newcomers, will play better against Winthrop than against the team’s first two opponents – Georgia Tech and Clemson – both members of the stellar Atlantic Coast Conference. S.C. State lost 86-40 to Georgia Tech in its season opener last Sunday.

“We have to make a better effort on Saturday if we are to get our first win of the season,” Robertson noted. “We must show more intensity on defense and cut down on our mental errors. Also, we have to shoot better from the free throw line.”

Senior Bryeasha Blair and newcomer Kyesha Lewis are the top scorers for the Lady Bulldogs, averaging 11.5 and 10.5 points, respectively. Newcomer Jasmine Williams and junior Jaquanna Murray are both pulling down 7.5 rebounds per game for S.C. State.

Kayla Brown, the only Eagle in double figures, leads Winthrop with a 13.3 scoring average. Ronata Rogers is the top rebounder with 7.3 each outing.

Following Saturday’s Winthrop contest, the Lady Bulldogs will return to action Tuesday, when they host Georgia Southern in their home opener in the first game of a doubleheader, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The S.C. State men will meet Central Arkansas at 7:30 in the home opener for Coach Murray Gavin’s squad.

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