Savannah State Tigers Host Their First MEAC Opponent at Home

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Savannah, GA – Both men’s and women’s Savannah State basketball team hosted their first MEAC opponent at home. The Tigers faced the North Carolina A&T State Aggies. The lady Tigers would lose 69-59, but junior Kenyata Hendrix had a season-high with 21 points. The men would snap a four game losing streak against the Aggies, 75-68.

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SAVANNAH, Ga. – Junior guard Kenyata Hendrix led Savannah State University women’s basketball team with a season-high 21 points as the Lady Tigers (3-10, 0-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) dropped their MEAC home opener to North Carolina A&T State University (6-8, 2-1 MEAC) 69-59 Saturday afternoon in Tiger Arena.

The Carrollton, Ga., native shot 7-for-14 from the floor and added five rebounds with an assist, a block and a steal.  Her 21 points gives her 672 points in her career and needs five points to move into ninth place in school history in the Division I era.

Junior guard Chelsea Frazier added 14 points with three rebounds and three steals, while junior forward Jeremica Edwards added 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting with two assists, two blocks and two steals.  Frazier is averaging 12.7 points per game on 13-for-29 shooting in the last three games with 12 steals and 1.7 rebounds per game.

Junior center Tiyonda Davis led the team with seven rebounds and with four blocks.  The Athens, Ga., native has pulled down 562 career rebounds and needs two rebounds to move into third place in school history in the Division I era.  This is the seventh game this season where Davis has recorded at least three blocks in a game.

N.C. A&T State scored six of the first eight points to begin the game for a 6-2 lead with 6:55 remaining in the first quarter.  A layup by Hendrix cut the lead to two, 6-4, but an Aggie layup pushed the lead back to four, 8-4 with 5:58 remaining.  A Hendrix layup and a three-point by Hendrix gave the Lady Tigers their first lead of the game 9-8 with 4:53 left and extended the lead to three, 11-8, by another Hendrix layup at the 3:30 mark.  An Aggie layup and a made three throw tied the game at 11 with 3:16 remaining.

Edwards’ layup gave SSU a two-point lead, 13-11, at the 1:47 mark, but a three-point by the Aggies gave NCAT a point lead, 14-13, with 1:29 left.  An Edwards jumper gave SSU a point lead, 15-14, but a three point by the Aggies with 17 second remaining in the opening quarter gave NCAT a two-point, 17-15, lead after one quarter of play.  Hendrix led SSU with nine points, while Edwards added six points in the first quarter.

The Lady Tigers opened the second quarter on a 9-3 run to lead by four, 24-20, with 6:26 remaining in the second quarter.  Two Aggie free throws and a layup tied the game at 24 with 5:02 left, but the Lady Tigers scored the next seven points for a 31-24 lead at the 1:29 mark.  The Aggies scored the final four points to cut SSU’s lead to three points, 31-28, at the half.  Hendrix led the team with nine points, while Edwards added eight points and Frazier added four points through the first half.

The Aggies opened the third quarter on a 12-0 run to take a nine-point lead, 40-31, with 5:07 remaining in the third quarter.  After a layup by Edwards to cut the lead to seven, 40-33, the Aggies scored the next six points to lead by 12, 46-34 at the 1:15 mark.  SSU scored four of the final six points of the quarter to cut the lead to 10, 48-38, at the end of three quarters.

The Aggies begin the final quarter with back-to-back three pointers to increased their lead to 16, 54-38, with 9:13 remaining in the fourth quarter.  The Lady Tigers scored the next four points on free throws to cut the lead to 12, 54-42, with 8:19 remaining.  With the Aggies holding an 11-point lead, 65-54, with 1:20 remaining in the game, the Lady Tigers scored the next four points to cut the lead to seven points, 65-58 with 47 second left.  The Aggies scored four of the final five points to increase their lead to final 10-point margin.

The Aggies were led by Dana Brown with 19 points, Kala Green with 11 points and Courtney Powell with 10 rebounds and seven points.

The Lady Tigers continue their five-game homestand with North Carolina Central (2-11, 1-2 MEAC) on Monday at 6 p.m. in Tiger Arena.  The Lady Eagles fell to South Carolina State 58-51 in Orangeburg, S.C. on Saturday. Newspaper Box ScoreN.C. A&T vs Savannah State01/09/15 4 p.m. at Savannah, Ga. (Tiger Arena)At Savannah, Ga. (Tiger Arena)N.C. A&T 69, SAVANNAH STATE 59

N.C. A&T (6-8, 2-1 MEAC)

BROWN,Dana 5-12 5-6 19; GREEN,Kala 4-12 2-2 11; FITZGERALD,Michelle 3-5 2-2

8; CARTER,Christina 3-8 1-2 7; MCRAE,Aprill 2-8 3-6 7; POWELL,Courtney 3-7

1-4 7; TYLER,Charnise 2-5 2-3 6; HAILEY,Kenya 1-1 1-2 3; SPIVEY,Rejoice 0-0

1-2 1; STORY,Quenswayla 0-1 0-0 0; MARTIN,Whitney 0-6 0-0 0. Totals 23-65

18-29 69.

SAVANNAH STATE (3-10, 0-2 MEAC)

HENDRIX,Kenyata 7-14 5-11 21; FRAZIER, Chelsea 4-12 4-4 14; EDWARDS,Jeremica

5-10 2-4 12; RICHARDSON,Tanease 2-3 1-2 5; DAVIS,Tiyonda 1-3 0-0 2;

SHAW,Taylor-Ashley 0-3 2-2 2; YOUNG,Jada 1-2 0-0 2; FIELDS,Lauryn 0-2 1-6 1;

BUSH,Destini 0-0 0-0 0; WARREN,Rhianna 0-3 0-0 0; NIXON,Kilah 0-0 0-0 0.

Totals 20-52 15-29 59.

N.C. A&T………………….   17   11   20   21  –   69

Savannah State…………….   15   16    7   21  –   59

3-point goals–N.C. A&T 5-19 (BROWN,Dana 4-9; GREEN,Kala 1-6;

CARTER,Christina 0-2; MARTIN,Whitney 0-1; FITZGERALD,Michelle 0-1), Savannah

State 4-16 (HENDRIX,Kenyata 2-7; FRAZIER, Chelsea 2-7; WARREN,Rhianna 0-2).

Fouled out–N.C. A&T-MCRAE,Aprill, Savannah State-YOUNG,Jada; DAVIS,Tiyonda.

Rebounds–N.C. A&T 51 (POWELL,Courtney 10), Savannah State 32 (DAVIS,Tiyonda

7). Assists–N.C. A&T 12 (CARTER,Christina 8), Savannah State 11

(FIELDS,Lauryn 5). Total fouls–N.C. A&T 21, Savannah State 24. Technical

fouls–N.C. A&T-None, Savannah State-None. A-920 

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