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DSU Women's Basketball Set to Face Wilmington in Home Opener


DOVER, Del.- After beginning the season with back-to-back road games, the Delaware State women's basketball team (0-2) returns home for the first time this season to take on the Wilmington Wildcats (0-2) Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m.

The Opponent

» Wilmington Wildcats (0-2, 0-0 CACC)

Similar to DSU, the Wildcats enter Wednesday's matchup looking for their first win of the 2013-14 season with losses to Lock Haven and Bloomsburg.
 Offensively, WU is led by guard Tenicia Spencer, who's averaging 24 points per game on 40 percent shooting. On the glass, meanwhile, guard Jasmine Lee averages a team-high 7.5 rebounds per contest off the bench.

» The Head Coach: Manning the sidelines for the Wildcats is Tiffany Silver.  Now in her second season, WU is looking to build off a 1-18 overall record from last year. 

» The Series: DSU is 3-0 all-time against Wilmington.  In those games, the Lady Hornets have won each contest by 10 points or more.  Last season, the two squads met with DSU pulling out an 88-46 victory in its home opener.  Leading the way was forward Tierra Hawkins' game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds.

A Win Would Mean…

» The Hornets would snap a two-game losing skid.

» DSU would be 1-2 to start the year for the time since the 2010-11 season.

» The Lady Hornets' first home victory since defeating Norfolk State last season, 58-48.

» DSU would be 22-15 all-time in home openers.

Last Time Out…

The Lady Hornets more than held their own on the road last Thursday night against Southeastern Conference (SEC) foe No. 25 Vanderbilt, but the Lady Commodores erased an 11-point halftime deficit to come away with a 73-67 victory.

At game's end, guard Raven Bankston finished with a team-high 17 (6-of-18) points, along with four assists, whereas forward Tierra Hawkins finished with her first double double of the season by pouring in 12 (5-of-13) points and pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds.  In addition, forward Deanna Harmon tallied 15 (7-of-9) points, six rebounds and four steals.

In the case of Vandy, Christina Foggie finished with 16 (4-of-11) points, 10 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Lady Commodores.

Milestone Watch

With her performance against Vanderbilt, junior Tierra Hawkins is now two points shy of 1,000 career points.

Last season, she finished fourth in the conference in scoring (17.1 ppg), seventh in rebounding (7.4 pg) and second in field goal percentage (.509). Her 529 points last season were the third most by any Hornet since the 1985-86 campaign.

With these efforts, the Clinton, Md. native, earned 2013-14 Preseason All-MEAC Second Team honors.

Through Two Games Last Season…

The Lady Hornets were 0-2, coming off a 69-50 loss at St. Francis (Brooklyn).

Next Up for DSU…

Will be another slate of back-to-back road games, beginning with Albany this Sunday (2 p.m.), followed by Manhattan next Tuesday (4 p.m.).


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