Dover, Del. (Nov. 21, 2012) --- Tierra Hawkins led four players in double figures with 22 points to lead Delaware State to an 88-46 win over Wilmington (Del.) in Memorial Hall this evening.
The win was the first of the season for the Lady Hornets (1-3) and the first victory at DSU for new head coach Tamika Louis.
Hawkins (9-14 FGs) also had a game-high 12 rebounds to notch her second "double-double" of the season. A 2012-13 preseason All-MEAC First Team selection, Hawkins has 83 points in DSU's four games (20.8 ppg), including two with 20-or-more points this season.
Tasia Bristow came off the bench to add 18 points and a game-high six assists in her season debut for the Lady Hornets. She was seven-of-13 from the field, including one three-point field goal, and 3-for-3 at the free throw line.
Keyanna Tate (12) and Deanna Harmon (10) also reached double figures in scoring for DSU.
Tenecia Spence was high scorer for Wilmington with 22 points. She was 8-for-20 from the field and 6-of-6 at the free throw line.
Delaware State scored the first four points of the game, but only held a 20-16 lead after Spence nailed a jumper for the Wildcats with 8:07 left in the first half.
The Lady Hornets used a 12-2 run late in the first half to open up a double-digit lead.
Bristow capped off the spurt with a basket to give DSU a 36-20 lead 1:09 left in the first half. The Lady Hornets hit 5-of-6 shots from the field during the run. Hawkins and Jade Washington (nine points) scored four points each during the spurt.
Delaware State led 38-25 at the break.
DSU opened the second half with a big spurt to blow the game open. The Lady Hornets scored the first 14 points of the second half, and opened up a 52-25 lead on two free throws by Bristow with 16:39 left to play.
Delaware State hit five of its first six shots in the second half, highlighted by a three-point play by Hawkins. The Lady Hornets forced Wilmington into four turnovers and two missed shots during the spurt.
DSU opened up a 61-31 lead on a basket by Bristow with 11:19 left in the game. The Lady Hornets led by as many as 44 points in the second half.
Delaware State was 34-for-63 from the field (54.0%), including 6-of-15 from three-point territory Alexis Thornton came off the bench to hit three three-pointers on five attempts (nine points).
The Lady Hornets outrebounded Wilmington 45-28, and forced the Wildcats into 22 turnovers.
DSU returns to action on Dec. 1 at home against Maryland-Eastern Shore in the 2012-13 MEAC opener. Game time is 1:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall.