Daytona Beach, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2013) --- Jade Washington gave Delaware State the lead for good on a steal and lay-up with 34 seconds left in overtime, and Tasia Bristow hit four free throws in the closing seconds to lift the Lady Hornets to a 62-57 MEAC win over Bethune-Cookman at Moore Gym this afternoon.
DSU won its third straight game to improve to 6-11 overall and 3-1 in the MEAC. The win streak is the Lady Hornets' longest since the 2008-09 season. The four-game MEAC record is also Delaware State's best since that season.
The Lady Hornets have played three overtime games in their last five contests (2-1).
Delaware State led by as many as nine in the second half before Bethune-Cookman rallied to tie the game at 49-49 at the end of regulation.
In the extra session, the Lady Hornets trailed 57-56 when Washington stripped the ball from BCU's Shakeyia Colyer and outran two Wildcats down the floor for a lay-up to give DSU the lead for good.
Bristow led three DSU players in double figures with 16 points, six coming in overtime.
"Our team has really developed a toughness this season," said Delaware State first-year head coach Tamika Louis. "We had our ups and down in this game, but the ladies kept fighting and were rewarded in the end."
The Lady Hornets appeared to take control of the game when Bristow capped off a 9-0 run with a lay-up to give DSU a 32-23 lead with 10:08 left in the second half.
Delaware State led 35-27 when the Wildcats began their march back. Chastity Taylor ended a 14-6 BCU run with two technical free throws to tie the score at 41-41 with 3:26 left in regulation.
The Wildcats used a 4-0 spurt to open up their biggest second half lead, 45-42, on two free throws by Colyer with 2:45 remaining in regulation.
Delaware State responded with a 7-2 run and regained the lead, 49-47, on a three-point play by Kianna D'Oliveira with 31 ticks on the second half clock.
On the ensuing possession, Colyer hit a running jumper with 19 seconds left in regulation to tie game at 49-49.
The Lady Hornets had the final shot in regulation, but Washington's desperation three-point attempt hit off the rim as time expired.
Bethune-Cookman scored the first five points of the game, but Delaware State rallied to take its first lead 11-10 on a lay-up by Keyanna Tate with 7:58 left in the first half. The Lady Hornets stretched their lead to seven while holding BCU to one field goal during a nearly 12-minute stretch of the half.
Delaware State opened up its biggestfirst half lead, 16-9, on a basket by Bristow with 5:28 to go before halftime.
Bethune-Cookman outscored DSU 12-5 in the last 5:07 of the half to force a 21-21 tie at the break.
D'Oliveira recorded her first double-double of the season for the Lady Hornets with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. She also led all players with four blocks to give her 99 in her career. The modern day school record for blocks is 109 by Thea Littlepage (2006-09).
The Lady Hornets will wrap up their two-game Sunshine State swing with a visit to Florida A&M on Monday. Game time is 5:30 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla.
DSU returns home next Saturday to face North Carolina Central. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall.