CHARLOTTE, NC- Virginia State survived a late rally by Elizabeth City State and secured a 58-53 victory over the Lady Vikings on Wednesday.

The Lady Trojans advance to the semifinal round with the win.


Virginia State will face the winner of Thursday’s quarterfinal game between Shaw and Winston-Salem State.

All-CIAA team member Tiffanie Adair led all players in the game with 21 points and 13 rebounds. All-CIAA honoree Dashae Jones and Jessica Lyons added 13 points and 11 points, respectively in the victory.

Virginia State totaled 44 rebounds in the win while Elizabeth City State grabbed 27 rebounds in the loss. The Lady Vikings had six turnovers in the contest while forcing 17 Virginia State turnovers.

Virginia State head coach James Hill Jr. noted, “Our game plan was to come out hard and slow Breona Jones and Jada Jefferies down. We allowed them to take a lot of open shots against us earlier in the season so today we talked about slowing the game down and being disciplined.”

All-CIAA performer Jadda Jefferies paced the Lady Vikings with 15 points in the setback. CIAA Rookie of the Year, Breona Jones chipped in 13 points.

Elizabeth City State interim head coach Ron Woodard stated, “Today’s game was a tough loss. We had a tough start in the first half but we weathered the storm in the second half. I though overall we fought hard.”

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