Morgan State “Lady Bears” (2-0) vs. Navy “Midshipmen” (0-3)
Date: Friday, December 18, 2020
Site: Baltimore, Md. (Hill Field House)
Tip-off: 4 p.m. EST
Series Record: Series Tied, 7-7
Audio: HSRN.com/WEAA 88.9 FM
Live Stream: MorganStateBears.com
Live Stats: Here
Websites: www.MorganStateBears.com | www.navysports.com
Notes: Morgan State | Navy | MEAC
BALTIMORE, Md. (Dec. 16, 2020)-The Morgan State Lady Bears return to the floor for the first time after a 13-day layup, when they host Navy on Friday, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. at Hill Field House. It will be the first meeting between the two teams since December 2005. The contest will be carried live on both the Heritage Sports Radio Network at HSRN.com and on WEAA 88.9 FM. Fans can also view the game with live video at MorganStateBears.com.
2020-21 HOME PROTOCOLS: The 2020-21 season will begin without spectators in attendance at Hill Field House.
• The men’s and women’s basketball programs will adhere to NCAA guideline and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference policies and procedures, including COVID-19 testing protocols, while also operating in alignment with state and local public health officials.
• Hill Field House will operate with limited access only to include essential staff and personnel, including participating teams. Capacity restrictions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and adjusted as allowed as public health conditions and recommendations improve.
HOW TO WATCH GAMES: All men’s and women’s basketball home games will be video streamed for free through the MorganStateBears.com website. The latest broadcast and video stream information will always be listed on men’s and women’s basketball schedule pages at MorganStateBears.com.
MEN’S & WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RADIO: All home games and select away games for MSU men’s and women’s basketball will once again be available through Heritage Sports Radio Network (HSRN.com). Lamont Germany will handle play-by-play responsibilities and will also host pre-game and post-game shows, including exclusive interviews with members of the teams and women’s coach Ed Davis and men’s coach Kevin Broadus. Fans can download the HSRN app for free and listen to the MSU broadcasts from anywhere. Simply search for HSRN when using the iHeartRadio app.
BEAR CLAWS: Morgan State (2-0) enters the contest looking for its first 3-0 start since the 2008-09 team began the season 3-0. The Lady Bears are coming off a 65-57 non-conference win over Saint Peter’s (12/5). The win extended Morgan’s non-conference home court winning streak to five straight. Ja’Niah Henson scored a team-high 12 points, while Ashia McCalla added 11 points. Nina Carpenter finished with a game-high five blocks to go with eight rebounds and eight points. Morgan State has been led by senior guard Dahnye Redd, who is averaging 16 points and 12 rebounds per game. Henson is scoring 15.5 points and McCalla is adding 10.5 points per game.
A LOOK AT THE MIDSHIPMEN: The Naval Academy (0-3), which had its game at Howard (12/16) postponed, enters the contest winless on the season. The Mids last played on Sunday, Dec. 13 and fell 60-51 at William & Mary. Sophie Gatzounas led Navy with 16 points and added eight rebounds, five assists and three blocks. Kolbi Green added 11 points and Morganne Andrews came off the bench and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Navy has been paced by Gatzounas, who is averaging a team-leading 20.7 points and eight rebounds per contest. Green, who is adding 11 points and 4.3 boards per game, leads the team with 10 steals.
MSU VS. NAVY SERIES NOTES: Navy has won the last two meetings to even the all-time series at 7-7. Morgan State and the Midshipmen last met Dec. 6, 2005 in Annapolis with Navy winning, 79-50.
CARPENTER RECEIVES MEAC DEFENSIVE HONOR: Graduate center Nina Carpenter was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Week (Dec. 8). Carpenter was a defensive force in her second game as a Lady Bear in the victory over Saint Peter’s (12/5). The Las Vegas, Nev. native recorded a game-high five blocked shots, scored eight points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds (seven on the defensive end).
MORGAN IN SEASON OPENERS: The Lady Bears improved to 12-32 all-time in season openers dating back to 1977, following its 67-58 win against UMBC (11/25). The victory was just the second season opening win for the Lady Bears in eight years. Morgan State at one point had lost 23 straight season openers, prior to winning three straight from 2006-08.
PROTECTING THE ‘HOUSE’: MSU has picked up right where it left off last season, by defending its home floor, following a 67-58 win over UMBC in the season opener on Nov. 25 and a 65-57 victory over Saint Peter’s on Dec. 5. The Lady Bears have now won 13 of their last 14 home games dating back to a 70-47 win over rival Coppin State in the season finale during the 2018-19 season. Morgan closed out last season with a 10-1 record at Hill Field House. The Lady Bears’ 10-1 record was the program’s best home court mark since the 2017-18 team finished 10-3.
REDD EARNS COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS HONOR: Senior Dahnye Redd was named Madness Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women’s Basketball Player of the Week (Nov. 30) by the staff of College Sports Madness. Redd recorded a double-double in the season opening win over UMBC (11/25). The Darby, Pa. native scored 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting and tied a game high with 12 rebounds. Redd also posted two assists in the win over UMBC.
MORGAN PICKED SECOND IN MEAC NORTH: Morgan State was picked to finish second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Northern Division preseason poll, as voted by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. The MEAC will move to division play for the 2020-21 season. The Lady Bears were picked to finish seventh last season and went 17-13 overall and finished 12-4 in the MEAC to finish the 2019-20 regular season tied for second and earned the No. 3 seed in the league tournament.
REDD, MCCALLA EARN PRESEASON ALL-MEAC HONORS: Senior guard Dahnye Redd was selected to the MEAC Preseason All-MEAC first team and junior guard Ashia McCalla was named to the second team. Redd averaged 13.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game last season. A third-team All-MEAC selection a year ago, Redd ranked seventh in the MEAC in scoring, fifth in rebounding, fifth in offensive rebounding (3.0), eighth in defensive rebounds (4.5), ninth in field goal percentage (.437), 10th in free throw percentage (.694) and 14th in blocked shots (0.8). A native of Darby, Pa., Redd reached double figures in scoring 21 times and had five double-doubles. She scored 24 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had a steal in the MEAC quarterfinal win over Delaware State (3/12) and added a career-high 26 points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks at Saint Peter’s (11/26). McCalla averaged 11.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game last season. She ranked 14th in the MEAC in scoring, fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.343) and fourth in three-point field goals made (58). McCalla reached double figures in scoring 17 times and was also second on the team in free throw shooting at 80% (56-of-70). The Greenbelt native set a career-high 31 points on 5-of-7 shooting from three-point range, hauled in a season-high eight rebounds and had two steals and an assist in the home opener against Notre Dame Maryland (11/8).
2021 MEAC TOURNAMENT: The 2021 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) men’s and women’s basketball tournament is scheduled for March 8-13, 2021. First-round games will take place on campus sites, before moving to the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va. The annual MEAC Basketball Tournament moved to Norfolk in 2013 after spending the previous four years in Winston-Salem, N.C. from 2009 through 2012.
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