The Lady Eagles didn’t have to work too hard to maintain a 10-point lead for most of the game against the Livingstone College Lady Blue Bears Monday night.
At the end of the first half, sophomore forward and Durham native Laquanda Williams scored nine points and three rebounds.
So far, this newcomer has played two home games this season.
“I love (playing at home) because I get a lot of support from my family,” Williams said. “That’s one of the reasons I came back home.”
Senior center Cassie King, NCCU’s all-time leading scorer, had amassed three points and nine rebounds by the end of the first half.
Freshman guard Jasmine Newkirk led the team in the first half with 11 points total. The team continued to pummel Livingstone in the second half, taking the lead at one point by nearly 20 points.
King continued to score and rebound, amassing 14 points and 12 rebounds along with five steals, four blocks and an assist, giving King her 40th career double-double.
Joli Robinson, Lady Eagles coach, says it’s hard to predict how the rest of the season is going to play out.
“We have a young team that’s not sure how to balance things out. Laquanda started out a little slow, but as the game went on she picked up,” Robinson said. “The only thing we can do is prepare for the next game.”
The team is on a three-game winning streak and hasn’t lost any games in the West Division of the CIAA. “We’re one of the best teams in the CIAA, and we’re going to play each game like it’s our last,” said King.
The Lady Eagles will play again Jan. 23 at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va.
The game starts at 5:30 p.m.