Dover, Del. (Nov. 18) --- The Lady Hornets (1-2) get their first win of the season, dispatching Post University (0-3) 65-53 on Saturday night in front of a raucous home crowd at Memorial Hall Gymnasium. This victory marks as Dave Caputo's first win as the head coach for DSU.
DSU got off to another slow start and trailed 8-0 two minutes into the game. The Lady Hornets called timeout to regroup. “I challenged them” Dave Caputo said. “I challenged their heart. I told them we cannot keep having these slow starts, they (Post University) are a Division II team and tonight is their National Championship, you have to match their intensity.”
The Lady Hornets responded with a 21-9 run to end the first quarter, highlighted by Lanayjha Ashe hitting two three pointers, including converting on a four-point play, after being foul during her second made three-pointer. Ashe, who struggled in her first two games, finished with 18 points, six rebounds, and one steal. “Lanayjha Ashe is an explosive, electrifying athlete, and when her shot is going in like it was tonight she is very hard to guard.” Dave Caputo stated. “She’s a tough kid.”
DSU had their largest lead of the game at 18 with the score at, 51-33 after Lanayjha scored on a fastbreak layup with 3:33 left in the third quarter.
In addition to Ashe’s stellar transition play, NaJai Pollard scored 10 points the third quarter. Pollard finished the game with 23 points (10 in the third) eight rebounds, three steals, and two blocks before fouling out with 6:27 left in the game.
“The scary thing is her (potential) isn’t not even close to being tapped out yet... Every single game she is getting 4 or 5 fouls, so we are working on her playing smarter defense, so she can play more minutes Caputo explained. “She only played 28 minutes, my plan is to play her 35, 36 minutes and if she plays (those minutes) she’ll get 10 more points...and that’s exciting to me, she wants to get better.”
Post University chipped at the deficit during the fourth quarter and trailed by only eight points with 4:10 remaining. Genell Addison drove left and finished with a floater off the glass to put the lead back to ten. A couple of possessions later Lanayjha Ashe grabbed a defensive rebound, pushed the ball in transition and flipped a pass to Shonnyvelle Regalado who was trailing behind her for the layup, with 2:26 left in the game. The Lady Hornets were able to hold on from there.
Delaware State shot 23-of-60 (38.3%) from the field, 4-of-15 (26.7%) on three-pointers, 15-of-20 (75.0%) on free-throws.
Post University made just 15-of-62 (24.2%) from the field, 3-of-14 (21.4%) from beyond-the-arc, and 20-of-31 from the charity stripe (64.5%).
- NaJai Pollard has 1,403 points, and 773 rebounds for her career. She is 82 points away from moving to seventh all-time for most points in school history (for a career). Pollard is 44 rebounds from having the fifth most rebounds in school history (for a career).
The Lady Hornets renew their Route 1 Rivalry with University of Delaware. Game will be on Tuesday Nov. 20 at the Memorial Hall Gym. Tip-off starts at 6:00 pm.