Dover, Del. (Jan. 31, 2013) --- The surprising Delaware State University women's basketball team looks to achieve its longest winning streak in five seasons at home against North Carolina Central on Saturday (Feb. 2). Game time is 2:00 p.m. in Memorial Hall.
The Lady Hornets have won their last four games to climb to second place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) with a 4-1 league record. DSU, 7-11 overall, is coming off a 57-53 win over Florida A&M on Monday.
A win over North Carolina Central (0-10; 0-6 MEAC) would give the Lady Hornets their longest win streak since the 2007-08 campaign. A victory on Saturday would also give Delaware State its best six-game MEAC record since that season.
The Lady Hornets are led in scoring by forward Tierra Hawkins (so), a preseason All-MEAC First Team selection. Hawkins is fourth in the MEAC in scoring at 17.7 points per-game. She's also second in the league in field goal percentage (.483) and 10th in rebounding. The Clinton, Md., native has scored in double figures in 10 straight games, and 16 times in the Lady Hornets' 18 games this season. She has scored 20-or-more points in seven games and tops the team with four "double-doubles."
Hawkins led all players with 24 points and a career-high 15 rebounds at Florida A&M in DSU's last outing.
Guard Tasia Bristow (jr.) is second on the team and 15th in the MEAC in scoring (11.1 ppg). She's also eighth in the conference in steals (2.2 pg). Lady Hornet point guard Jade Washington (jr.) is fourth in the MEAC in assists (3.4 pg), while senior forward Kianna D'Oliveira is third in the league in blocks (1.2 pg). D'Oliveira recorded her 100th career block in Monday's win at Florida A&M.
North Carolina Central is coming off a 53-38 loss to Coppin State on Monday. Tisha Dixon led the Eagles with 10 points and 17 rebounds in the contest.
Chasidy Williams leads NCCU in scoring at 10.0 points per-game, while Dixon is tops on the team and fifth in the MEAC in rebounding at 7.9 per game.
Delaware State and North Carolina Central last met during the 2011-12 season. The Lady Hornets won the game 66-55 in Durham, N.C.