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Saturday's local women's basketball roundup: Cole's career-high propels Hampton to win at S.C. State

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The Hampton University women's basketball team (5-3) had more trouble than expected, but it won its MEAC opener 59-46 Saturday at South Carolina State, thanks to sophomore Kenia Cole’s career-high 20 points.

Keiara Avant added 12 points and 12 rebounds in Orangeburg for her sixth double-double of the season.

More in Division I:

Ezinne Kalu’s 21 points guided Savannah State to a 62-55 home win against Norfolk State (1-5) in the MEAC opener for both. Recca Trice and Aivah Parham led the Spartans with 12 points each. ...

Virginia Tech (4-2) won its third game in a row, beating Longwood 73-58 at Cassell Coliseum as Alyssa Fenyn scored 17 points. Crystal Smith scored 26 for the Lancers (1-6). ...

VCU (3-4) pounded Florida A&M 86-57 in Tallahassee behind Robyn Parks’ 19 points and Shekinah Henry’s 14 rebounds.

Division III:

CNU (4-0) held off LaGrange 78-70 at Freeman Center in the Captains’ home opener and the USA South opener for both teams.

Tia Perry scored 12 of her 21 points in the first half, which ended in a 34-34 tie, and Camry Green scored all of her 14 in the second half, when CNU built a 15-point lead. ...

Sarah Seipp had 21 points to help Virginia Wesleyan (4-3, 2-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) beat visiting Eastern Mennonite 66-58.

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