LADY HORNETS (2-9; 0-0 MEAC) vs.
Norfolk State “Spartans” (5-8; 0-0 MEAC)
Sat., Jan. 5, 2019 - 4:00 p.m.
Norfolk, Va. (Echols Hall – 7,000)
Live TV: n/a
Live Audio: HSRN.com (DSU broadcast)
Live Video: nsuspartans.com
Live Stats: nsuspartans.com
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DeIaware State Head Coach David Caputo (Montclair State, ‘05): 2-9 at DSU; 138-68 career (9th yr.); 0-0 MEAC regular season
Delaware State (2-9; 0-0 MEAC) visits MEAC rival Norfolk State in the 2018-19 conference opener for each team. The Lady Hornets bring a five-game losing streak into the contest. DSU closed out its non-conference schedule with a 97-55 road loss to Virginia Commonwealth on Dec. 31. NaJai Pollard (sr.) led Delaware State with 24 points, highlighted by 10-of-11 free-throw shooting, to surpass the 1,600-point mark for her career. Pollard this week claimed her third MEAC Player-of-the-Week award in the last four weeks, in addition to earning league Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors. She leads the MEAC and is fourth among all NCAA Div. I players in scoring at 24.3 points per game this season. Lanayjha Ashe (jr.) scored 16 points in the Virginia Commonwealth contest. She is second n the Lady Hornets in scoring at 12.6 points per game and is tops on the team with 29 assists.
Keke Barber (sr.) is Delaware State’s leader with 15 three-point field goals this season. The Lady Hornets were 5-11 in the MEAC last season (11th place), and have been picked to finish 10th in the 12-team 2018-19 conference race. This also marks the first MEAC contest for new Lady Hornet head coach Dave Caputo.
Norfolk State (5-8; 0-0 MEAC) is coming off a hard-fought 63-60 loss to Wake Forest of the Atlantic Coast Conference on Dec. 30. The Spartans trailed 54-37 after three quarters, but outscored Wake 24-9 in the final 10 minutes to claw back into the game. Alexys Long and Kendrea Dawkins led NSU with 16 points each in the contest. Le’Deja James is the team’s leading scorer this season at 12.5 points per game. Raven Russell is NSU’s second leading scorer at 11.7 points per contest.
The Series (DSU leads 23-20)
This is the first of two 2018-19 meetings between the teams. Norfolk State has won the last two contests, although Delaware State leads the all-time series. The Spartans won the last meeting 72-50 during the 2017-18 season in Norfolk, Va. NaJai Pollard led the Lady Hornets with 21 points and 12 rebounds in 37 minutes, while Lanayjha Ashe was the only other Delaware State player in double figures with 14 points in the contest. The Lady Hornets shot just 28.4% from the field (19-for-67), including 2-of-15 on three-point attempts (13.3%). Delaware State and Norfolk State are also scheduled to meet on March 4 at DSU’s Memorial Hall.