Lady Hornets Aim for Third Straight Win, Welcome Coppin State to Memorial Hall for MEAC Opener
(Dover, Del.) – The Delaware State women's basketball team (3-3) will look for its third consecutive victory of the season Saturday afternoon (2 p.m.) against MEAC foe Coppin State (3-4), in what will be the conference opener for both squads.
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» Coppin State Eagles (3-4, 0-0 MEAC)
The Eagles enter Saturday's contest dropping three out of their last four games with losses to Robert Morris, No. 18 North Carolina and West Virginia. Coppin State's lone win during this stretch came against Virginia Union at home, 71-69.
Spearheading the Eagles' offensive attack is forward Kyra Coleman averaging 14.6 points per game on 40 percent (37-of-93) shooting. Also, averaging double figures in the scoring column is guard Ashle Craig (11.6 ppg), while leading the team in steals (23). Down low, forward Larissa Carter leads the team in rebounding (6.7 rpg), to go along with averaging 12 points per contest.
» The Head Coach: Derek Brown is in his 13th season at the helm. Throughout his tenure, Brown has been named MEAC Coach of the Year twice (2004-05, 2005-06), while leading the Lady Eagles to three NCAA Tournament appearances (2005, 2006, 2008).
» The Series: DSU is 25-33 all-time against the Eagles. Last season, the two squads met once with the Lady Hornets losing at home, 73-68. In that game, Delaware State's Tierra Hawkins (5-of-12) led all scorers with 19 points, while Kyra Coleman poured in a team-high 12 points (4-of-8) for the Eagles.
A Win Would Mean…
» The Hornets would be 3-0 at home for the first time since the 2003-04 season.
» DSU would be a game over .500 since beating Wilmington to start the 2011-12 season.
» The Lady Hornets would snap a two-game losing skid to Coppin State.
Last Time Out…
The Lady Hornets erased a 10-point deficit with under two minutes to play in regulation to come away with a thrilling 90-83 overtime win at home over the George Mason Patriots this past Wednesday.
Despite scoring eight points on 1-of-6 (.166) shooting in the first half, forward Tierra Hawkins finished the night with a game-high 29 points (10-of-21) and 14 rebounds to secure her third double-double of the season. Hawkins also went a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line and added three blocks.
Guard/forward Deanna Harmon, meanwhile, recorded her first double-double of the season with 14 points (6-of-13) and 10 rebounds while playing a game-high 43 minutes.
Additionally, guard Raven Bankston chipped in with 18 points (6-of-15), whereas forward Tylinn Carter finished with a career-high 10 points (3-of-5), along with four rebounds, three steals and two blocks.
As a team, DSU shook off its dismal 29 percent (9-of-31) shooting in the first half and shot 51 percent (17-of-33) in the second stanza, while finishing the contest shooting 79 percent (27-of-34) from the line.
Through Six Games Last Season…
Delaware State was 2-4 overall and 1-1 in MEAC action, coming off a 54-40 loss at home to Howard.
Coming Up Next…
The Lady Hornets will face powerhouse No. 8 Maryland on the road next Saturday (7 p.m.), in what will be the first of a season-long three-game road swing for DSU.
Through six games on the defensive end, the Lady Hornets are forcing 22 turnovers per game (132 total), which is good for a +2.5 turnover margin. Steals wise, they have 10 more (64-54) than their opponents with four players in double figures, led by guard/forward Deanna Harmon (13).
Fear the Hawk
After earning Second Team All-MEAC honors last season, junior Tierra Hawkins has picked up where she left off.
So far in 2013-14, the Clinton, Md. native, not only leads the MEAC and Lady Hornets in scoring (25.3 ppg), but she sits eighth in the nation. Additionally, Hawkins leads the Lady Hornets in rebounds (10.5 rpg) and double-doubles (3). In her last four games, she has also topped 25 points or more.
In DSU's 86-73 win at home over Wilmington, Hawkins tied what was then a career-high 30 points and matched a career-high in rebounds (15). Also, in this game, she tallied 1,000 career points to become the 15th player in team history to reach this milestone.
Coming into Saturday's matchup against Coppin State, she needs 18 points to pass Kim Taylor (1987-92) to place 10th on DSU's all-time scoring list. Currently, Hawkins' career point total stands 1,120.
Raven Continuing Hot Start, Raine Done for the Season
After scoring a career-high 28 points on 10-for-21 (.476) shooting in the Lady Hornets' 87-71 loss at Albany (Nov. 24), guard Raven Bankston added to her hot start this season.
In addition to scoring in double figures each contest, she is second on the team in scoring (18.7 ppg) and first in three-pointers made (6). From the line, Rav. Bankston is second on the team at 75 percent (24-of-32).
In DSU's season opening loss at Old Dominion, she totaled 18 points (8-of-12), five rebounds and a steal, along with going 2-for-3 (.666) from beyond the arc. With these efforts, she earned MEAC Rookie of the Week honors.
As for her twin sister, Raine, her season abruptly ended with a knee injury suffered in practice in preparation for DSU's game against George Mason (Dec.4).
In five starts, she averaged 7.6 points, 3.6 assists (second most on the team), 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.
Coming out of high school, both ranked among the top 20 high school players in Michigan and helped lead John Glenn High School to city and district championships as seniors.
In a game during their high school careers, they combined for 75 points.