DELAWARE STATE UNIVERSITY 2017-18 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
LADY HORNETS (4-17; 3-5 MEAC) vs. No. Carolina Central Lady Eagles (5-15; 3-4 MEAC)
Sat., Feb. 3, 2018—2:00 p.m.
Durham, N.C.. (McDougald McLendon Gym - 3,500)
Live Video: NCCUeaglepride.com
Delaware State looks for its first three-game win streak of the season. The Lady Hornets have improved to 3-5 in the MEAC (4-17 overall) after victories over Morgan State and Savannah State in the last two outings. In the 93-79 win over Savannah State last Saturday, DSU reached its highest point total since a 94-83 victory over Norfolk State on Nov. 27, 1999. Junior forward Keke Barber led the way in the contest, exploding for a career-high 34 points, tops among all MEAC players this season. Barber’s performance was highlighted by seven three-point field goals to tie the Lady Hornet single-game record and MEAC high this season. She was 12-for-19 from the field, including 7-of-10 on three-point shots in the game. NaJai Pollard contributed to the win over Savannah State by scoring 25 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to record her fifth double-double of the season. Pollard hit 10 of her 13 shots from the field and was perfect on five free throw attempts in the game. Lanayjha Ashe tallied 15 points and a game-high five assists in the contest. Pollard, the Preseason MEAC Player-of-the-Year, leads the Lady Hornets in scoring (18.7 ppg), rebounding (7.8 pg) and blocks (31). She’s averaging 19.6 points vs. MEAC opponents this season. Ashe is second on the team with a 10.7 ppg average and is DSU’s leader with 67 assists. Freshman guard Ryan Jones averages 9.1 points to rank third on the team.
North Carolina Central (5-15; 3-4 MEAC) is trying to snap a three-game losing streak. The Lady Eagles are coming off a 67-54 loss to North Carolina A&T last Saturday. Jada Blow came off the bench to lead three NCCU players in double figures with 12 points in the contest. For the season, Rodneysha Martin is the team’s top scorer at 13.3 points per game. She also has a team-high 42 assists. Paulina Afriyie is second on the Lady Eagles in scoring (9.2 ppg) and leads the team in rebounding at 7.6 per game. Kieche White has 32 three-pointers to lead the team.
HORNETS vs. Eagles Series History (series tied 4-4)
This is the second meeting between the teams this season. In the first contest, North Carolina Central posted a come-from-behind 74-67 victory on Jan. 3 at DSU’s Memorial Hall. The Lady Hornets led 33-23 at the half and was ahead by 21 points in the third quarter before NCCU stormed back. The Lady Eagles outscored DSU 20-3 in the final 7:23 of the third quarter and 27-16 in the fourth quarter to earn the win. Afriyie was high scorer for the Eagles with 22 points. While Pollard came off the bench in her return to action after missing the previous six games to lead DSU with 21 points in the contest.