Site: Dover, Del. (Memorial Hall)
Score: N.C. Central 74, Delaware State 67
Records: NCCU (3-11), DSU (1-13)
Next DSU Event: Saturday, Jan. 6 -- vs. South Carolina State.
Dover, Del. (Jan. 4) --- Delaware State lost to the North Carolina Central “Eagles” 74-67, in the conference opener for both teams, Wednesday night at Memorial Hall.
The Lady Hornets trailed 12-8, with 5:12 left in the first quarter. DSU ended the quarter on a 10-0 run, capped off by a jumper from A’Nikeyawna Barber.
Barber finished the game with nine points, and eight rebounds (team high).
Delaware State pushed their lead into double-digits in the second quarter, outscoring NCCU 16-11. Arion Jackson hit a buzzer beater to give DSU a 33-23 lead heading into halftime.
Jackson led the team in scoring at half with 10 points, she finished the game with 12 points to along with five rebounds and three steals.
The Lady Hornets held N.C Central to just 28.8% shooting from the floor in the first half, and outscored the Eagles 22-8 in points in the paint.
Delaware State went a 15-4 spurt, giving them a 48-27 lead with 7:41 left in the third quarter. North Carolina Central answered with a 20-3 run and ended the quarter only down four points.
The Eagles outscored the Lady Hornets 27-16 the rest of the way. They forced nine fourth quarter turnovers, scoring 13 points off of those miscues. N.C. Central shot 8-of-12 (66.7) from the field in the final quarter.
The Lady Hornets made 28-of-62 field goals (45.2%) and drained 3-of-8 three-pointers (37.5%).
NaJai Pollard recorded 21 points (team high) four rebounds and two steals in her first game since Dec. 6. Ryan Jones tallied 12 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Lanayjha Ashe posted nine points and five assists (team high).
North Carolina Central shot just 23-58 (39.7%) and converted on 8-21 (38.1%) three-point field goals.
Paulina Afriyie led the Eagles with 22 points and 15 rebounds (both game highs). Kieche White added 20 points for NCCU.
KEYS TO THE GAME
> NCCU outscored DSU 25-17 in points off turnovers.
> DSU outscored NCCU 38-28 in points in the paint.
> NCCU scored 39 points off the bench.
> The series record is now tied at 4-4.