Dover, Del. (Feb. 2, 2013) --- Tierra Hawkins recorded her second straight double-double, tallying a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead Delaware State to a 58-49 MEAC women's basketball win over North Carolina Central in Memorial Hall this afternoon.
The Lady Hornets won their fifth straight game to improve to 8-11 overall and 5-1 in the MEAC. The win streak is DSU's longest since the 2007-08 season. The six-game MEAC mark is also the team's best since that season.
Delaware State entered the contest in second place in the MEAC standings.
NC Central fell to 0-20 and 0-7.
"We certainly didn't play our best game, but I give North Carolina Central credit for giving us a good test," said Delaware State first-year head coach Tamika Louis. "At this stage in our development, we'll learn from this game and try to get better each time out."
Hawkins was 10-for-15 from the field and 5-of-7 at the free throw line. She has hit 18-of- 27 shots from the field in the last two games (66.7%).
Now averaging 18.1 points per-game, the Clinton, Md., native has scored in double figures in 11 straight games, and 17 times in the Lady Hornets' 19 games this season. She has scored 20-or-more points in eight games and tops the team with five "double-doubles."
Hawkins had 24 points and a career-high 15 rebounds at Florida A&M in DSU's previous outing.
Neither team led by more than four points in the first 12-and-half minutes of the game. North Carolina Central led for the final time, 17-16, on a free throw by Aja Hoyle with 8:33 left in the first half.
Delaware State scored the next seven points, capped off by a three-pointer by Tasia Bristow, to open up a 23-17 lead with 7:24 left in the half.
The Lady Hornets built their lead to 31-23 at intermission.
North Carolina Central scored six of the first seven points of the second half, and pulled to within 32-29 on a jumper by Chasidy Williams (12 points) with 15:38 left to play.
Delaware State responded with a 10-2 run, and opened up its biggest lead of the game, 42-31, on a jumper by Bristow with 10:29 left. Hawkins scored four points during the spurt.
NCCU refused to quit, and ran off the next seven points to stay in the game. Hoyle capped off the rally with a free throw to pull to within 42-38 with 7:55 remaining in the game.
Kianna D'Oliveira had a follow-up basket and Hawkins hit a turnaround jumper on the next two possessions to stretch Delaware State's lead to 46-38.
Bristow added 11 points for the Lady Hornets. DSU's Jade Washington had a game-high five assists.
Tisha Dixon was high scorer for NCCU with 13 points. She also led all players with 11 rebounds.
Delaware State goes for its sixth straight win at on Monday against North Carolina A&T. Game time is 5:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall.