Thursday's local women's college basketball roundup: Radford fires Kecoughtan grad Ngongba as coach after five years

Staff, wire reports

Radford coach Tajama Abraham Ngongba was fired after five seasons, the school announced and the Ladyswish blog reported Thursday evening.

"I would like to thank Coach Ngongba for her efforts the past five seasons in leading the Radford women's basketball program," Highlanders director of athletics Robert Lineburg said in a release. "At this time, however, I feel it is in the best interest of the program to seek new leadership."

With six seniors, four of whom were starters, Ngongba guided the Highlanders to a 16-14 record in 2012-13 and a second consecutive appearance in the Big South tournament semifinals before losing to Longwood. Her record in five seasons was 62-85.

A former star at Kecoughtan High in Hampton, Ngongba became George Washington's all-time leading scorer before spending a year in the WNBA. She was a graduate assistant at GW and spent time on the staffs at Richmond and VCU before returning to GW as an assistant for four years. Ngongba began her stint as Radford's head coach in 2008.


Nicole Deterville scored on a follow at the buzzer to give No. 3 seed Howard a 62-60 win over No. 6 Morgan State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference quarterfinal at Scope.

The Bison (19-10), coached by Phoebus High graduate Niki Reid Geckeler, will take on No. 2 North Carolina A&T at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Morgan State (13-18) got Bianca Jarrett's career-high 34 points.

Then, Shawntae Payne scored on a running hook shot with seconds left to lift No. 5 Coppin State to a 55-53 win over No. 4 South Carolina State.

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