Durham, N.C. – Delaware State’s comeback attempt falls just short. They lose to North Carolina Central 68-63. DSU falls to 1-14 on the season, and 0-2 in conference play. NCCU improves to 2-12, and 1-0 in the MEAC.
The Hornets trailed by as many as 13 points in the 4th quarter. They went on a 19-8 run over the next 7 minutes. Lady Hornets junior guard Mikah Aldridge hit a three pointer, cutting their deficit to two points, 63-61 with 46 seconds left.
On the ensuing possession, Lady Eagles guard Chantel Thomas was fouled. She made one of two free throw attempts, extending the Eagles' lead to three.
Aldridge was sent to the line on the following play, she made both of her free throws. The Lady Hornets trailed 64-63.
After NCCU guard Morgan Jones knocked down both of her free throws, the Hornets called a timeout.
DSU trailed 66-63, with 20 seconds remaining in the game. Freshman forward Kia Abrams went for the tie. However, her three-point attempt was no good.
Sophomore forward NaJai Pollard led the Hornets with 27 points, 13 rebounds, and 3 blocks. It was Pollard’s ninth double-double of the year. She had a total of eight double-doubles the entire season, during her freshman campaign.
Aldridge poured in 23 points. She hit a game high four three-point field goals.
Jones led the Lady Eagles with 17 points. She made three field goals from behind-the-arc. Dominique Adams added 11 points.
The Lady Eagles outshot the Hornets 39.3%-to-36.5% from the field.
The Lady Hornets assisted on 17 of their 23 made field goals.
NCCU outscored DSU 29 to 7 in bench points.
DSU will face Hampton in their MEAC home opener Jan. 14. Game time is scheduled at 2 p.m.
… NaJai Pollard has scored 50 points and grabbed 28 rebounds, in her last two games against the Lady Eagles.
… Mikah Aldridge has made four three-pointers two times in her last three games.