Norfolk, Va. (Mar. 6, 2017) – Delaware State loses in the Opening Round of the MEAC tournament 60-40. DSU ends the season with a record of 3-27 for the year. While Norfolk State (15-14) advances to face fourth-seeded Florida A&M on Thursday at 2 p.m. in the quarterfinal round at the Norfolk Scope.
Both teams struggled from the floor to start the game. Delaware State shot 1-of-13 from the floor (7.7%). Norfolk State made just 5-20 field goal attempts (25.0%). After the first quarter the Lady Hornets trailed 14-6.
Delaware State shot 8-14 from the field in the second quarter, to climb back into the game. NaJai Pollard accounted for 14 of the team’s 18 points during the quarter. Lorna Caesar added the additional four points.
DSU cut the deficit to one point once, and they trailed by only two points on several different occasions. However, Norfolk State led 30-24 heading into halftime.
The Lady Hornets made only 1-12 shots from the field and were held to just two points in the third quarter. While Norfolk State scored 25 points, including ten points in the paint.
“The third quarter really killed us.” Coach Burgess said during the post-game conference. “Mentally we just lost it…. we dug ourselves into a hole that was just too much to get out of. (Outscored) 25-2 it’s hard to come back (from) that.”
The Spartans outrebounded the Lady Hornets 48-39, including 16-9 on the offensive glass. NSU also outscored DSU 15-9 in second chance points.
The Lady Hornets lost the battle in points in the paint 30-18 also, they got outscored in transition 12-4.
DSU’s NaJai Pollard recorded her 19th double-double of the season with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Lorna Caesar added eight points.
Kiara Phillips led three NSU players with 16 points. Gabrielle Swinson scored 14 and Khalilah Ali chipped in with 10.
Delaware State shot just 16-55 from the field (29.1%), they made only 1-10 three-point attempts (10.0%).
Norfolk State made only 21-66 field goals (31.8%) including 4-16 (25.0%) from three-point range.