ORANGEBURG, S.C.- The Delaware State University women's basketball team will wrap up the 2012-13 regular season at South Carolina State on Thursday evening. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
The Lady Hornets are 9-19 overall and ninth in the current MEAC standings with a 6-9 mark in league games; one game behind eighth place Bethune-Cookman, which plays at Coppin State this evening. A Delaware State win and Bethune-Cookman loss tonight would create a tie between the teams for eighth place in the final league standings. DSU defeated Bethune-Cookman 62-57 in overtime on Jan. 26 in the only meeting between the teams this season. The eighth and ninth place teams in the final MEAC standings will face off in the first round of the league tournament on Tuesday (Mar. 12) at 11:00 a.m. in Norfolk, Va.
Delaware State brings a three-game losing streak into tonight's contest at South Carolina State. The Lady Hornets are coming off a 59-49 loss at Morgan State on Monday.
DSU is led by sophomore forward Tierra Hawkins, who is fourth in the MEAC in scoring (17.3 pg); eighth in rebounding (7.4 pg) and tops in field goal percentage (.504). Hawkins has reached double figures in scoring in 24 of the Lady Hornets' 28 games. She has scored 20-or-more in nine contests, including a career-high 30 vs. Morgan State on Feb. 18.
Delaware State junior guard Tasia Bristow is one of the MEAC's top three-point threats. Bristow is third in the league in three-point percentage (.364) and seventh in three-pointers per game (1.6 pg; 37 total). In addition, she 11th in the MEAC in scoring at 12.4 points per game. South Carolina State has won five of its last six games to improve to 18-8 overall and 10-5 in the MEAC. The Bulldogs are fourth in the league standings. Tiara Knotts is SC State's top scorer at 14.2 points per-game, sixth among all MEAC players this season.
2012-13 MEAC Women's Standings (as of Mar. 7; regular season ends Thursday night)
1. Hampton 15-0 2. NCA&T 12-3 3. Howard 12-4 4. SC State 10-5 5. Coppin State 9-6 6. Florida A&M 8-7 7. Morgan State 8-7 8. Bethune-Cookman 7-8 9. Delaware State 6-9 10. Norfolk State 4-11 11. UMES 3-12 12. NC Central 3-12 13 Savannah State 2-13