LADY HORNETS (7-19; 5-10 MEAC) vs.
Maryland-Eastern Shore “Lady Hawks” (15-13; 11-4 MEAC)
Thur., Mar. 7, 2019 - 5:30 p.m.
Princess Anne, Md. (Hytche Athletic Center – 5,500 )
The Lady Hornets (7-19; 5-10 MEAC) are seeking their first three-game win streak in six seasons when they close out the 2018-19 regular season at Maryland-Eastern Shore. DSU has won its last two games, including a 59-56 victory over Norfolk State on Monday. The Lady Hornets have not won three in a row since a five-game streak during the 2012-13 campaign. Delaware State is currently tied with North Carolina Central for eighth place in the 2018-19 MEAC standings. A DSU win in the season finale will secure the eighth spot in the final standings and No. 9 seed in the upcoming MEAC Tournament. In the Norfolk State win NaJai Pollard (sr.) led the way with 21 points on seven-of-11 shooting from the field. She also topped the Lady Hornets with six rebounds. Lanayjha Ashe (jr.) added 17 points, highlighted by three three-point field goals and four-of-four shooting at the free throw line. Pollard is the MEAC top scorer at 22.7 points per game, which is eighth among all NCAA Div. I players. She’s also second in the MEAC in rebounding at 10.3 per contest. Pollard is DSU’s all-time leading scorer with 1,939 career points and No. 2 in team history with 1014 rebounds, making her the second player in Lady Hornets’ history with at least 1000 points and 1000 rebounds. She’s also DSU’s career leader with 201 blocks. Ashe is second on the Lady Hornets and 13th in the MEAC in scoring at 12.9 points per game.
Maryland-Eastern Shoe (15-13; 11-4 MEAC), currently second in the MEAC standings, has dropped its last two games. The Hawks are trying to rebound from a 57-53 loss to Morgan State on Monday. MDES hit just 19 of their 51 shots from the floor (37.3%), including four-of-17 on three-point attempts (23.5%). Ciani Byrom was the only Hawk in double-figures with 13 points in the loss to Morgan State.
The Series (DSU leads 50-40)
This is the second meeting between the teams this season. DSU won the first contest 65-62 on Feb. 23 in Dover, Del. The win snapped a seven-game MDES win streak in the series. The Lady Hornets led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter and was ahead 33-28 at the break. The Hawks battled back to lead by four points in the third quarter before the Hornets regained control. Ashe led the Lady Hornets with a season-high 21 points in the contest, highlighted by three-of-four shooting on three-point attempts. Pollard added 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Byrom led MDES with a game-high 24 points.