Site: Dover, Del. (Memorial Hall Gym)
Score: Delaware State 60, Bethune Cookman 68
Records: DSU (2-17), BCU (13-4)
Next DSU Game: Monday, Jan. 22 -- at. MSU
Dover, Del. (Jan. 20) --- The Lady Hornets dropped their fourth straight game, falling to the Bethune Cookman Wildcats 68-60. Delaware State’s record falls to 2-17 overall; 1-5 in the MEAC.
The Wildcats opened the fourth quarter on a 12-3 run. Bethune Cookman’s spurt gave them a 59-49 lead with 5:51 left in the game.
Delaware State would respond. A’Nikeyawna “Keke” Barber spun past three wildcat defenders and finished with a layup in the lane. On the next possession Ryan Jones banked in a three pointer from the top of the key. NaJai Pollard capped off the 7-0 run, scoring in the paint over two BCU defenders.
DSU’s flurry cut the deficit to just three points at 59-56, with 3:46 left in the game.
Bethune Cookman’s Angel Golden was fouled by Barber shooting a three pointer, with just one second left on the shot clock. Golden made two of three from the free throw line, increasing their lead to 61-56.
The personal foul was Barber’s fifth disqualifying her from the rest of the game. She finished the contest with four points, four rebounds, and two assists.
On the ensuing Lady Hornets’ possession Arion Jackson found NaJai Pollard in the paint. Pollard finished with a layup despite being fouled. She made the free throw to convert on the And-1 opportunity, and the deficit was cut to two points at 61-59, 1:46 left in the game.
BCU’s Angel Golden drilled a three-pointer on the following possession, to stretch the lead to 64-59 with only 1:31 left in the game.
The Wildcats would convert on five of six free throw attempts to put the game away.
Delaware State made 25-of-60 (41.4%) field goal attempts, but just 2-of-12 (16.7%) three-pointers.
DSU’s NaJai Pollard had a game high 28 points and 13 rebounds (also a game high). Pollard also recorded three blocks and two steals.
Ryan Jones and Genell Addison combined for 16 points.
Lanayjha Ashe added six points and eight rebounds.
Bethune Cookman shot 22-of-56 (39.3%) from the field, and 9-of-24 (37.5%) from behind-the-arc.
BCU’s Angel Golden led three Wildcats in double digits with 24 points.
Up next for the Lady Hornets is a contest at Morgan State. Tip-off is set for 5:30 pm.
KEYS TO THE GAME
> DSU committed 21 fouls.
> DSU outscored BCU 32-20 in points in the paint.
> BCU outscored DSU 27-6 from behind-the-arc.