by Mike Potter
Just how can a basketball team bounce back from an 89-point loss?
N.C. Central is going to find out today.
The Eagles (1-10), who fell 117-28 at Duke on Monday, try to get onto the winning track today when they host South Carolina State (4-6) at McLendon-McDougald Gym. SCSU beat the Eagles 81-75 in overtime back on Dec. 1 in Orangeburg.
That contest is one of two on the slate for the Triangle's Division I women's teams.
N.C. State (8-5) will be on the left coast tonight for a battle with Southern California (6-4). The Trojans are on a two-game winning streak since their 78-72 loss to Duke in Durham on Dec. 6.
NCCU is expected to again have leading scorer Joanna Miller (pictured), who was out on a one-game suspension for a violation of team rules while her teammates took on Duke. The game against the Bulldogs is the opener of a six-game homestand for Joli Robinson's club.
N.C. Central vs. S.C. State
[Wednesday, 5:30 p.m., McLendon-McDougald Gym]
SCSU leads series 4-3.
Records: SCSU 4-6; NCCU 1-10.
Audio: WRJD-AM 1410, NCCUEaglePride.com.
Coaches' records - SCSU: Doug Robertson 63-63, 10-29 at SCSU; NCCU: Joli Robinson 198-173.
Leading scorers - SCSU: Sophilia Hipps 17.4; NCCU: Joanna Miller 17.7.
Leading rebounders - SCSU: Paris Alston 7.4; NCCU: Latoya Bennett 5.3.
Assist leaders - SCSU: Sophilia Hipps 4.1; NCCU: Joanna Miller 2.8.
N.C. State at Southern California
[Wednesday, 9 p.m. (EST), Galen Center]
Records: NCSU 8-5, USC 6-4.
Audio: WKNC-FM 88.1, GoPack.com, USCTrojans.com.
Coaches' records - NCSU: Kellie Harper 105-70, 8-5 at NCSU; USC: Michael Cooper 6-4.
Leading scorers - NCSU: Bonae Holston 11.6; USC: Ashley Corral 16.2.
Leading rebounders - NCSU: Bonae Holston 6.8; USC: Aarika Hughes 6.3.
Assist leaders - NCSU: Amber White 2.9; USC: Ashley Corral 1.8.