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Bears Basketball
February 23, 1999

Livingstone Gives Virginia Union The Blues

February 23, 1999, LJVM Coliseum Annex---For the second-consecutive season, the Livingstone College Lady Blue Bears ushered the Lady Panthers of Virginia Union University from post-season play, winning 75-47.

In 1998, the Lady Blue Bears were the underdog and upset the Lady Panthers, and the Lady Panthers hoped to return the favor to the CIAA Western Division's first place team, who entered Tuesday's play after a bye in the opening round Monday.

Fantastic freshman Erica Deas, who was named the 1999 CIAA Rookie of the Year, ensured that her team would not be going home early as she scored a game and career-high 29 points, while adding 12 rebounds and three assists.

"We executed well and did all the things we prepared to do and God blessed us with the win," said Lady Blue Bears head coach Andrew Mitchell. "Deas is a big game player and she loves the spotlight," he added.

Offensively, Blue Bears six-five center Julie Tarrance struggled, but she was a power in the paint with 15 rebounds and seven blocks. Chanel Edwards hit nine-of-10 from the free throw line and finished with 13 points.

LaTisha Bartelle and Erica Barnett kept the Panthers in the game in the first half, scoring eight and seven points, respectively, and the Panthers held a 20-16 lead with 7:20 left until the break.

Deas took over at that juncture, scoring 10 of the Blue Bears 11 points on their 11-0 run that gave them the lead for good. Six of the points came on two zone-breaking rainbow 3-pointers.

The Panthers kept fighting back and cut the lead to 30-26 with 1:45 left in the half, Adrienne Webster sank four free throws and Chanel Edwards knocked down two from the charity stripe to give the Blue Bears the 36-26 halftime lead.

Barnett scored 11 points for the Lady Panthers, LaTisha Bartelle and Angela Bradley had 10 points apiece and Norfortiria Grant added six assists.

The Blue Bears salted away the win for all intensive purposes in the first two and a half minutes of the second half with two Patricia Dixon layups and a layup from Deas, pushing the lead to 42-26.

The Blue Bears will face the winner of the Bowie State University-Winston-Salem State University game in Friday's 1 p.m. semi-final.



The ladies are currently ranked #2 in the CIAA Western Division and National Ranked #10 in the South Atlantic Region of the NCAA.


Bears Basketball
February 24, 1999

The Bears will face St. Pauls' College in the CIAA at 3 PM.

Campus Events



African-American Physicians and Dentists Reception
February 24, 1999

The Livingstone College and Hood Theological Seminary will honor local physicians and dentists in the Rowan County area at a reception in Ballard Hall.






  This page was last edited Saturday, February 13, 1999 by C.L. Anderson, CCP