Philadelphia, PA. (Nov. 6) --- The Lady Hornets fall to Temple 75-61, in Dave Caputo’s first game as DSU’s head coach.
Temple opened the game with a 9-0 run. After a timeout by DSU, Senior Keke Barber scored five straight points, and sparked a 7-2 run to close the deficit to four. Temple was able to extend their lead back up to double digits, before Lanayjha Ashe hit a floater to cut the deficit to 22-14 before time expired in the first quarter.
The Owls scored on back to back possessions to open the second quarter, pushing their lead to 26-14 leading to a timeout by the Hornets. Senior NaJai Pollard converted on a three point play out of the timeout to stop the run. The Owls kept the Lady Hornets from making any major inroads during the quarter and DSU trailed 41-30 entering halftime.
NaJai Pollard drained a three-pointer to start the second half and cut the deficit back down to eight. DSU remained within arm’s reach, trailing 47-39 after another Pollard layup with 7:04 left in the third quarter. Pollard picked up her fourth foul and subbed out with 6:28 remaining. The Hornets would only muster up four points during her absence and trailed 66-43 heading into the final quarter.
The Lady Hornets outscored The Owls 18 to 9 during the fourth quarter. They used a 9-0 run to cut the deficit down to 13 points, but they would not get any closer.
“I liked how we battled” said Coach Caputo. You take away (the first run) of the game we’re down 9 (to) nothing, that run (and) the second half run you take that away, (and) we played pretty evenly with them, but again basketball is a 40- minute game. So, we got to learn to play a 40-minute game. They are learning who I am as a coach we’re going to play every possession with energy. We got to change the culture.”
Delaware State converted on 24-70 (34.3%) field goal attempts, 5-19 (26.3%) on three-point attempts, and 8-12 (66.7%) from the free throw line.
Temple made 28-68 (41.2%) field goals, 6-20 (30.0%) from three-point range, and 13-17 (76.5%) from the charity stripe.
Delaware State’s NaJai Pollard led the way with 19 points, 11 rebounds, two steals, two assists, and one block. She was also a +8 in plus-minus. Lanayjha Ashe added 14 points, and three rebounds. Genell Addison tallied 11 points, three assists, one steal, and one block.
Temple Owls had four players in double figure scoring, Mia Davis led the way with 21 points, and 12 rebounds.
Up next for the Lady Hornets is their home opener on Nov. 13th vs James Madison. Tip-off starts at 7:00 pm.