MEAC Women’s Basketball Recap, Nov. 29
By MEAC Sports
Norfolk State 96, Salem University 66
NORFOLK, Va. — Jalynn Holmes led all scorers with a career-high 23 points, leading five Norfolk State players in double figures, as the Spartans picked up their first win of the year in convincing fashion, 96-66, over Salem University on Sunday afternoon at Echols Hall.
Shekinah Howard chipped in with a career high of her own, pouring in 18 points off the bench for the Spartans (1-1), who shot 53.5 percent from the floor. E’Lexus Davis also scored 18, Jaiden Morris had 14 and ta’Liyah Edmonds notched her first career double-double with personal bests of 11 points and 17 rebounds.
Howard also grabbed 10 boards for her first-ever double-double as NSU enjoyed a 56-36 edge on the glass.
Salem hit seven 3-pointers in the second half, but the Spartans shot better than 50 percent in both of the final two quarters themselves to come away with the comfortable victory. Another traditional 3-point play, this one by Armani Franklin, gave NSU its largest lead of the night at 92-56 with 3:20 left in the game.
All seven Spartans who played scored. Aside from the five in double figure, Franklin added seven points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals, while freshman Niya Fields added five points, six assists and a pair of steals. Fields and Davis tied for team-high honors with six assists apiece.
N.C. State 108, North Carolina Central 70
RALEIGH, N.C. — Facing the nationally-ranked reigning ACC champion, North Carolina Central scored the most points against a top-25 team in program history, as the Eagles fell to hot-shooting North Carolina State 108-70 on Sunday afternoon inside Reynolds Coliseum.