Dover, Del. (Mar, 2. 2017) Delaware State falls to Howard in the last game of the regular season, 93-76. The Lady Hornets got outscored 48-30 in points in the paint.
DSU jumped out to a 13-5 run to start the game. The Lady Hornets made 11-19 field goal attempts (57.9%), in the first quarter. In addition, eight of their 11 made baskets were assisted on.
Alycea Sharpe ended the quarter by making a jumper as time expired. The jumper gave the Lady Hornets a 24-15 lead, at the end of the first quarter.
Howard countered with their own run in the second quarter. The Bison outscored DSU 33-13 during the quarter. They shot a blistering 13-16 from the floor (81.3%), and took a 48-37 lead into halftime.
HU’s Erin Blaine converted on a three-point play, with 7:56 left in the third quarter, giving them a 15-point lead. Blaine scored 10 points in the third, she finished the game with 27 points and 13 rebounds.
The Lady Hornets’ cut the lead to nine points, after Gennell Addison made a layup with 2:58 left in the third quarter. However, the Bison kept DSU at arm’s length they scored 12 of their 19 points in the paint during the quarter. They led 67-54 heading into the fourth quarter.
Delaware State scored 22 points during the final quarter of play. DSU cut the deficit down to nine points on two more occasions, their last occasion was on an Aliah Stinnett jumper with 5:13 remaining in the game.
The Bison responded to Stinnett’s jumper with another run, outscoring the Lady Hornets 16-6. Their run gave them a 19-point lead, their largest lead of the evening. The Bison scored 16 of their 26 points in the paint, during the fourth quarter.
Howard’s Sarah Edmonds had 21 points, Sydni Johnson and Te’Shya Heslip scored 11 points each.
DSU’s NaJai Pollard led the Lady Hornets with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Lanayjha Ashe added 17 points, tying her career high. Aliah Stinnett scored 11 points, a career high. Also, Genell Addison scored eight points along with a career-best eight assists.
The MEAC Tournament starts Monday March 5. in Norfolk, Va.
The MEAC is expected to announce its 2017 tournament pairings on Friday.
… NaJai Pollard finishes the regular season leading the MEAC in points, rebounds, and field-goal percentage.