Norfolk State Women Win Makeup Game Over S.C. State
NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State secured its fourth winning season in conference play since moving to Division I with an 83-68 victory over South Carolina State on Wednesday night at Echols Hall.
Kiara Phillips led four Spartans (14-10, 9-3 MEAC) in scoring with 18 points. She added seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Gabrielle Swinson recorded a career-high 17 points, with seven assists, six rebounds and five steals.
Kieera Basey also registered a career-high 10 points, while Kayla Roberts netted her 12th double-double of the season, with 10 points and 12 rebounds. She was forced to watch most of the first half after picking up two early fouls. However, she grabbed 11 rebounds and scored all 10 points in the final 20 minutes.
Norfolk State led 48-39 after an eventful first half, which saw both teams make runs.
Norfolk State scored 17 of the first 19 points and Swinson registered eight of those points. The Spartans pressure defense force 15 turnovers in the first half, including 10 in the first period. They turned the 15 miscues into 19 points. But South Carolina State (5-19, 2-11) closed the opening quarter on a 16-4 run and Norfolk State led 21-18 after the first 10 minutes.
Brittany Drumgoogle paced the Lady Bulldogs with 10 points in the first quarter. She went 3-of-5 from the field, which included all three shots from behind the 3-point line.