Durham, N.C. (Feb.11) --- On the night that senior NaJai Pollard became the Lady Hornets' all-time scoring leader, the team came up short in the attempt to celebrate the historic night with a victory. Delaware State overcame a 15-point second half deficit, but came up short in the closing moments of a 65-64 loss to North Carolina Central Monday evening.
Pollard led all players with 27 points to surpass Shervon Hunter (1988-92) as the Lady Hornets all-time points leader. Pollard entered the game needing just 13 points to surpass Hunter, who posted 1,846 career points, as No. 1 on the list. She scored the record setting points on a second quarter lay-up and now stands atop the list with 1,861 career points.
Rodneysha Martin scored the game-winning points for NC Central on a mid-range jumper with 1:01 left in the game.
Keke Barber had an open look at a three-point attempt on the Lady Hornets' final possession, but the shot was off and to the right as time expired.
DSU guard Lanayjha Ashe assisted Shonnyvelle Regalado for an open three-pointer giving the Lady Hornets a 64-63 lead with 1:50 remaining.
The Lady Hornets trailed by five to start the fourth quarter, they went on a 9-4 run and took a 58-56 lead after a layup from NaJai Pollard with 5:54 left in the game.
NaJai Pollard finished the game with 27 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks (all game highs).
DSU trailed 51-36 with 2:11 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The Lady Hornets responded with a 12-1 run capped off with a steal and layup from Shonnyvelle Regalado, cutting the deficit down to 52-47 heading into the fourth.
DSU held a one-point lead entering the second quarter but was outscored by 11 and trailed 37-27 going into the second half.
The Lady Hornets trailed 8-7 with 4:42 remaining in the first quarter. DSU reeled off nine unanswered points including NaJai Pollard converting on an ‘and-1’ opportunity giving the Lady Hornets a 16-8 advantage with 3:01 left in the first. North Carolina Central responded with an 11-2 run, they still trailed 18-17 heading into the second quarter.
Delaware State made 23-of-56 (41.1%) from the field, but just 5-of-25 (20.0%) on three-point attempts. The Lady Hornets converted on 13-of-18 (72.2%) from the free-throw line.
DSU guard Lanayjha Ashe posted 13 points, five assists and four rebounds. Shonnyvelle Regalado added 10 points, four rebounds and three steals (career high).
North Carolina Central shot 23-of-53 (43.4%) on field goal attempts and 4-of-12 (33.3%) from beyond-the-arc. The Lady Eagles also made 15-of-25 (60.0%) from the free throw line.
Paulina Afriyie led four Lady Eagles in double figures with 14 points.
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. NCCU outscored DSU 20-12 in bench points.
2. DSU outscored NCCU 26-18 in points in the paint.
The Lady Hornets will host Maryland Eastern Shore on Feb. 23. Tip-off is at 2:00 pm.