2011 Chicago State Cougars vs Hampton Pirates
CHICAGO-The Chicago State Cougars (0-6) came home, after a rough three-game road trip, to face the two-time defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion Hampton Lady Pirates who are sporting a 3-1 record. The Lady Pirates picked up where they left off from their previous midwest game against IPFW (79-62) defeating the Cougars 66-39.
“We wanted to come here and play well,” said third year coach David Six. “We are thankful that they (Chicago State) gave us an opportunity to play here.”
The Lady Pirates maintained the lead the entire contest, including a 34-19 halftime score, and by as much as 32 points (57-25) in the second half. In order to extend their early lead, they held the Cougars scoreless to start the second half for almost five minutes until Natalie Marlow stop the bleeding with layup (43-21).
Tonights victory came thanks to the performance by a pair of seniors, guard Choicetta McMillian who knocked down 21, followed by forward Melaine Warner, who added 19.
One concern of the coach was that “we have to take care of the ball. Period. This could be fatigue but we are not going to make any excuses.”
Hampton’s defense held the Cougars to 29.4% from the field and 20 points in the second half.
Janay Dockery, preseason first-team player, led the Cougars with 16.
This is both teams first-ever meeting and they do have future arrangements for a one-and-one where next season the Cougars will travel to Hampton.
“The one thing I (coach Six) will remember from our stay in Chicago is that traffic. It took the team four hours to get out of Chicago in order to make it to Fort Wayne, Indiana.
And that’s saying something considering he is from New York.
Up next for the Cougars (0-7) will be against Marshall (in Evansville, Ind.), Friday, December 2 at 5 p.m, and Hampton (4-1) will return home for their next matchup against South Carolina State, Saturday, December 3 at 6 p.m.
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