McMillian shoots Hampton women into MEAC semifinals

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Choicetta McMillian had a game-high 24 points, including a tournament-record seven 3-pointers, and Jericka Jenkins had a double-double with 10 points and a tournament-record 13 assists as top-seeded Hampton beat South Carolina State 78-55 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference women's quarterfinal on Wednesday at Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Lady Pirates (23-6), the defending tournament champions and the 2010-11 regular-season champs, also got 15 points from Melanie Warner, 12 from sophomore Keira Avant and 11 points and nine rebounds from senior forward Quanneisha Perry, the two-time MEAC defensive player of the year.

Hampton shot 49 percent for the game and was 12-of-21 from 3-point range while holding S.C. State to 39 percent shooting and converting 20 turnovers into 27 points. The Lady Pirates opened the game with a 16-4 run, keyed by three 3-pointers from McMillian, who had six 3's in the first half.

"We got off to a good start," HU coach David Six said. "Choice knocked down some 3's early on. Perry got an and-one the first play of the game, and that kind of set the tone. Warner had a great first five minutes of the game."

With senior forward Laura Lewis in foul trouble, Avant, who averaged 3.7 points in the regular season, stepped up, going 5-of-11 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range.

HU used an 11-1 second-half run to take a 59-32 lead and cruise to its 11th straight win. The Lady Pirates will face the winner of Thursday's game between No. 4 seed Florida A&M and No. 5 Coppin State in Friday's semifinal at noon.

"It's just one-third of the mission," Six said.

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