NORFOLK,VA- Freshman guard Malia Tate-DeFreitas and senior forward Alyssa Bennett each had bounce-back games Saturday afternoon in Echols Hall, as the Hampton University women's basketball team throttled Norfolk State 93-59. The Lady Pirates (21-4, 12-0 MEAC) have won 11 straight games.
Tate-DeFreitas poured in a game-high 33 points, hitting a career-high seven 3-pointers for her second career 30-point effort. Bennett recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 22 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. She is five points shy of 1,000 for her career. Junior guard Kenia Cole added 14 points, hitting three of her five 3-pointers.
Ebony Brown tied the game at 11-11 with a jumper at the 14:36 mark of the first half, but the Lady Pirates responded with a 9-0 run to take a 20-11 lead with 11:55 left in the half after a fastbreak layup from senior guard Nicole Hamilton.
Bennett added a jumper at the 5:06 mark to put the Lady Pirates up 34-17, and Tate-DeFreitas hit back-to-back 3-pointers with 1:19 and 0:33 left in the half – the latter giving Hampton a 42-25 lead.
Cole sent the Lady Pirates into the half with a 44-27 lead with a jumper with five seconds left. Tate-DeFreitas had 17 points in the first half, and Bennett had 12 at the break.
Hampton opened the second half with a 7-0 run, taking a 51-27 lead with 17:50 left after Bennett converted a fastbreak layup. Logan Powell cut that lead to 53-37 with a layup at the 15:01 mark, capping a 10-2 Norfolk State run. But the Lady Pirates answered with treys from Cole and Hamilton, taking a 59-37 lead with 13:49 left.
Koryn Lawrence hit two free throws with 13:05 left to cut the lead to 61-40, but the Lady Pirates scored the next 16 points, taking a 77-40 lead with 9:47 left after a trey from Tate-DeFreitas – who had three 3-pointers and a layup in that run alone.
The Spartans then went on a 12-3 run to cut Hampton's lead to 80-52 with 6:58 left, but that was as close as Norfolk State would get – as the Lady Pirates led 90-57 with 2:30 left after sophomore guard Blake Jenkines hit two free throws. Redshirt-junior guard Lauren Johnson added two free throws with 44 seconds left to push the game to its final margin.
The Lady Pirates shot 49.2 percent (32-for-65) from the floor and hit 11 of their 23 3-pointers (47.8 percent). Hampton also held a 37-35 edge in rebounding, and the Lady Pirates turned 25 Spartans turnovers into 27 points. Norfolk State (10-12, 6-5 MEAC) shot 37.0 percent (20-for-54) from the floor. Lawrence led the Spartans with 16 points.