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HU women defeat Morgan State for 39th straight MEAC win

BALTIMORE — Hampton simply overwhelmed Morgan State in a 54-point victory when the teams first met last month. The song remained the same when they met again Monday night.

The Lady Pirates dominated every aspect of the game. They used their staples, tough defense and solid rebounding, to overcome a bit of a slow start on offense and cruised to their 39th consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference victory in a 90-46 rout of Morgan State at Hill Field House.

Hampton (18-4, 9-0 in MEAC) has won 25 consecutive road games in conference. The Pirates are on an eight-game winning streak overall this season.

Alyssa Bennett led Hampton with 22 points as four Lady Pirates scored in double figures. Malia Tate-DeFreitas and Nicole Hamilton both added 17 points and nine rebounds while Kenia Cole chipped in 15 points. Sade King (eight points) and Brielle Ward (seven points, nine rebounds) pitched in on a night when HU needed over three minutes to score its first basket.

"We were a little lax in the first half (on offense)," Hampton coach David Six said. "(Eventually) they figured out what they should do."

Morgan State (2-19, 0-8), losers of 12 straight, threw the Lady Pirates off a bit early by using a box-and-one. Six called a timeout just 61 seconds into the game to talk about Morgan State's defense.

Hampton missed its first six shots before Hamilton drilled a three-pointer with 16:56 left in the first half. That started a 15-3 run which put the Pirates in command as Morgan State never drew closer than 14 again.

HU held a 39-22 halftime lead thanks to its outside shooting before breaking it open in the second half. Hampton attacked the basket and stepped up the pace, scoring 51 points.

The Lady Pirates dominated on the boards, holding a 53-32 edge in rebounding. Hampton came up with numerous second-chance shots as 22 of its rebounds came on the offensive end. HU's biggest problem was it missed several lay-ups.

It also forced 19 Morgan State turnovers and constantly rattled the Bears by double-teaming them.

"We were trying to squeeze them and keep their girl in front," Bennett said. "We tried to force them into turnovers."

Hampton put it all together at times in the second half. The offense struggled at times, but the defense again proved a puzzle Morgan State couldn't solve.

"(Defense) has won (for us) in the past," Six said. "No need to change it now."

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