Virginia Union University’s Shareka McNeill scored 19 points, but Bowie State University defeated the eighth-ranked Lady Panthers 58-46 on Wednesday, February 13, in Barco-Stevens Hall in Richmond, Va.
VUU was plagued by unusually cold shooting, including going 1-for-10 in field goals in the first quarter.
“There’s nowhere to go but up,” said VUU Head Coach AnnMarie Gilbert after the game. “It’s really been an adjustment without Iffy Okoye. I thought the team did the best they could trying to adjust to the fact that she would not be with us the rest of the way, but we just got to step up.”
Virginia Union’s Nicole Floyd grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds, but was limited to just six points.
“Bowie State came in here and did a great job,” Gilbert said. “They’re a tough basketball team and their defense is on point. They held us to a very low point total tonight.”
The 46 points scored by the Lady Panthers was the lowest scoring output by a VUU women’s team since the Lady Panthes scored 41 points against Winston-Salem State University on February 4, 2015.
The loss dropped VUU to 21-2 overall and 12-2 in the CIAA. Bowie State is now 19-4 overall and 11-3 in CIAA play.
Virginia Union now travels to Lincoln University, Pa., to face Lincoln University of Pennsylvania at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16.
The game can be viewed at vuusports.com.