Dover, Del. (Jan. 14)
--- The Delaware State women's basketball team turned in its best
shooting performance of the season in a 76-34 win over cross town rival
Wesley in Memorial Hall this evening. Playing its first home game since Dec. 15, the Lady Hornets were 34-for-60 from the field (56.7%) in the contest.
Sophomore Tierra Hawkins led three Delaware State players in double figures with 22 points. Hawkins was 10-of-19 from the field and 2-for-2 at the free throw line. She has reached double figures in scoring in seven straight games, and 13 times in DSU's 15 contests.
Keyanna Tate added 12 points on five-of-six shooting, while Jade Washington came off the bench to tally 10 points and a game-high seven assists for the Lady Hornets.
"This was a good tune-up for our upcoming MEAC play," said Delaware State first-year head coach Tamika Louis. "We tried a number of different player combinations in hopes of keeping everyone fresh. As a result, we were able to get some transition baskets off our pressure defense."
The Lady Hornets had season-highs of 22 fast break points and 33 points off turnovers in the game.
Delaware State was ahead 10-6 before going on an 18-0 first half run to break open the game. Coreenah Redden capped off the run with a lay-up to give the Lady Hornets a 28-6 lead with 5:38 left in the first half.
DSU was eight-for-11 from field, while Wesley missed each of four shots and committed six turnovers during the Lady Hornet spurt. Hawkins had seven points and Tate four to key the rally.
Delaware State had a 9-0 run later in the half en route to a 45-13 lead at intermission.
The Lady Hornets were 20-for-32 from the field (62.5%) in the first half. Hawkins led the way with 12 points in the first 20 minutes.
Delaware State opened up a 57-17 lead on a lay-up by Kianna D'Oliveira with 14:12 left in the second half.
Heather Fuller and Karen Wearden led Wesley with eight points each. Fuller also pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Wolverines were 15-of-49 from the field (30.6%), including one-for-14 from three-point territory (7.1%).
Delaware State outrebounded Wesley 40-24.
The Lady Hornets won for the second time in its last three games to improve to 4-11. Wesley fell to 2-13.
"After playing a pretty tough non-conference schedule, we're looking forward to returning to MEAC competition this weekend," said Louis. "I believe the tough schedule has helped to prepare us for the remaining conference games."
The Lady Hornets return to action on Saturday at MEAC rival UMES. Game time is 2:00 p.m. in Princess Anne, Md. This will be the second meeting between the teams this season. Delaware State won the first contest 67-52 on Dec. 1 at DSU.