Dover, Del. (Nov. 5, 2018) --- The first regular season game of the David Caputo era as head coach of the Delaware State women’s basketball team is set for tomorrow (Nov. 6) at Temple. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. at McGonigle Hall on the Temple campus in Philadelphia. Caputo most recently served as a women’s basketball assistant at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington of the NCAA Div. I Colonial Athletic Association during the 2017-18 season before accepting the DSU post. His career also includes Div. I assistant coach positons at Louisiana Tech and Florida Atlantic.
Caputo’s career as a head coach is highlighted by six conference championships in seven seasons , a 136-59 overall record, including 95-16 against conference opponents, two NCAA Tournament appearances and four nationally-ranked teams.
He inherits a Delaware State program that posted a 6-24 overall record, including a 5-11 mark and 11th place finish during the 2017-18 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season. DSU’s 2017-18 record included a 96-72 loss to Temple in the season opener.
The Lady Hornets return six players who appeared in at least 20 games last season, including forward NaJai Pollard (sr.), a 2018-19 Preseason All-MEAC First Team selection. Pollard, a 2017-18 All-MEAC First Team honoree, was the conference scoring leader for the second straight season, averaging 18.4 points per game. She also ranked fourth in the MEAC in rebounding (8.6 pg), blocks (1.8 pg) and field goal percentage (.465).
Now in her final season with the Lady Hornets, Pollard is eighth on the team’s all-time scoring list with 1,348 points. The school leader is Shervon Hunter with 1,846 points. Pollard is also sixth on team’s career rebound list with 746 boards. Karen Johnson is DSU’s all-time leader with 1,091 rebounds.
Pollard is already the Lady Hornets’ career leader with 152 blocks.
Guard Lanayjha Ashe (jr.) returns this season after finishing second on the team in scoring at 11.2 points per game during the 2017-18 campaign. Ashe was the team leader with 84 assists and 66 stelas to rank seventh in the MEAC at 2.2 per game. She was also second on the Lady Hornets with 34 three-point field goals last season.
Ashe reached double-figures in scoring in 16 games last season, including a career-high 20 vs. Robert Morris. She also dished out a career-best seven assists vs. Florida Atlantic last season,
Keke Barber (sr.) returns as the team’s top three-point threat. During the 2017-18 season, her first with the Lady Hornets, Barber was fourth on the team in scoring at 8.3 points per game and the team leader with 41 three-point field goals. She tied the school record with seven three-pointers (7-for-10) in a career-best 34-point performance vs. Coppin State last season.
Forward Arion Jackson (sr.) returns after averaging 6.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, despite missing eight games due injury last season.
The Lady Hornets will play their 2018-19 home opener against James Madison Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.