It came down to the final seconds once again, but the Morgan State University Lady Bears escaped with a 59-58 win over the Howard University Lady Bison on March 6.
According to Morgan State Assistant Sports Information Director Kevin Paige, the last 20 seconds of the game were similar to the matchup between the two squads in last year’s Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament quarterfinals.
“Last year, in a tied game during the tournament, Howard had the ball for the final possession,” Paige wrote on the university’s website. “Morgan State’s failure to box out on the first shot attempt gave the Lady Bison another opportunity and Nicole Deterville picked up the loose ball and scored as the horn sounded for a 62-60 win.”
The Lady Bison had a chance at a game-winning tip-in shot again on March 6, sophomore Victoria Gonzalez couldn’t get the shot to fall, giving the Lady Bears the victory.
Junior guard Tracey Carrington led Morgan State with a game-high 20 points, marking her 12th time scoring at least 20 points this season, according to MSU Sports Information.
Sophomore forward Simone Sampson added a double-double of 15 points with 11 rebounds for Morgan State.
Te’Shya Heslip led Howard with 15 points in the loss; Gonzalez scored 13.
The Lady Bears finished the regular season with a 5-24 overall record and 3-13 against the MEAC, while Howard finished 10-19 overall and 6-10 in the MEAC. Both teams will participate in the Women’s MEAC Basketball Tournament on March 10 in Norfolk, Va.