Saturday's local interest women's college basketball: HU goes to 6-0 in MEAC with triumph at Savannah State

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Alyssa Bennett had 21 points and nine rebounds Saturday as Hampton University's women continued their torrid pace through the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, beating Savannah State 70-46 in Georgia to stay unbeaten in league play.

Malia Tate-DeFreitas added 15 points for HU (15-4, 6-0), which knocked the Tigers (11-9, 4-2) out of a second-place tie.

Savannah State, led by Ezinne Kalu's 15 points, shot just 28.3 percent. ...

Norfolk State (9-9, 5-2) squeezed out a 59-54 victory at South Carolina State (5-11, 3-3) as Rae Corbo provided 17 points and Rachel Gordon had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans.

Conference USA:

Host Middle Tennessee State (17-3, 6-0), the C-USA leader and preseason favorite, overcame Old Dominion 62-49 to extend its winning streak to 16. ODU fell to 9-11, 2-4.

Ebony Rowe scored 17 points and became MTSU's all-time leading scorer. She entered the game needing eight to surpass Kim Webb, who scored 2,148.

For ODU, Stephanie Gardner had nine points and Shae Kelley, despite foul trouble, had eight points and four rebounds.

"I really feel like we gave a great effort, especially defensively," ODU coach Karen Barefoot said on I was extremely pleased with our effort and heart today. Our mistakes are fixable. We must stay together, continue to work hard and improve every day, so that we can be playing our best basketball come March."

Big South:

High Point earned an 81-65 win at Longwood. The Lancers fell to 6-14, 3-8, while the Panthers climbed to 12-8, 7-3. ...

Campbell defeated Radford 75-61, elevating the Camels to 12-8, 7-4. The Highlanders dropped to 3-17, 1-10.

Small colleges:

Senior Nicole Mitchell scored a career-high 38 points as Christopher Newport, ranked 18th nationally by, outraced Frostburg State 116-89 Saturday in Maryland.

Mitchell's output tied for the ninth-most points in the 42-year history of Captains women's basketball. CNU's total was its fourth-highest ever.

The coaching matchup was intriguing. Frostburg State alumnus Bill Broderick is in his second year coaching CNU (14-2, 7-1 Capital Athletic Conference). Frostburg's coach is Cathy Parson, who is in CNU's Athletic Hall of Fame based on her success guiding the Captains. ...

Virginia Wesleyan (12-5, 6-2 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) dominated overtime to gain a 68-55 victory at Hollins (5-12, 0-8). ...

Host Apprentice defeated Washington Adventist (Md.) 59-37 behind a smothering defense and Courtney Collins' 19 points and eight rebounds.

Atlantic 10:

VCU (17-4, 5-3) raced to a 112-86 victory over George Mason (6-14, 0-7) at Siegel Center.

Robyn Parks had 30 points, Keira Robinson had 18 points and 13 assists, and Isis Thorpe had 21 points for the Rams, who outrebounded George Mason 49-33.  They shot 37-of-75 (49.3 percent) from the field, including 12-of-27 (44.4 percent) from 3-point range.

The Patriots, led by Sandra Ngoie's 21 points, shot 15-of-32 from 3-point land. But they fell behind 37-11 in the first 10 minutes. ...

St. Bonaventure beat Richmond 53-48 at Robins Center.

The Spiders fell to 9-12, 3-5 in the Atlantic 10. The Bonnies improved to 17-6, 6-2.

Division II:

Virginia State improved to 15-1 with a 79-71 overtime triumph against Elizabeth City State.

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