Dover, Del. (Feb. 2) --- Delaware State defeats Savannah State 66-58, Saturday afternoon at Memorial Hall. The Lady Hornets improve their record to 4-15 overall and 2-6 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
The two conference foes combined for 13 turnovers in the first quarter. The Lady Hornets scored seven points off Savannah State’s miscues compared to just three points off turnovers for the Tigers. In addition, the Lady Hornets scored 10 points off second chance opportunities. The biggest lead for DSU during the first quarter was eight points, after Elayna Birch-Smith hit a jumper extending their lead to 14-6 with 2:03 remaining. DSU led 17-12 heading into the second quarter.
Birch-Smith ended the game with a career high eight points (six in the 1st quarter) and seven rebounds.
Delaware State’s defense held the Lady Tigers to 0-of-12 from the field in the second quarter. Savannah State scored only four points, all from the free throw line. The Hornets shot a blistering 58.3%. DSU outscored SSU 18-4 in the period, taking a 35-16 lead into halftime.
The Lady Hornets largest lead of the game was at 21, after Lanayjha Ashe found Shonnyvelle Regalado open for a fast break layup, with 8:30 left in the third quarter.
Savannah State cut the deficit to single digits late in the fourth quarter, but it was too much for them to overcome.
Delaware State made 23-of-58 (39.7%) field goal attempts, including 9-of-24 (37.5%) on three-pointers. DSU shot 11-of-19 (57.9%) from the free throw line.
Delaware State’s NaJai Pollard and Lanayjha Ashe combined for 31 points.
Shonnyvelle Regalado scored a career high 10 points.
Savannah State shot just 16-of-54 (29.6%) from the field, including 6-of-23 (26.1%) on three –point attempts. SSU made 20-of-26 (76.9%) from the charity stripe.
Savannah State’s Le’Andrea Gillis led all scorers with 21 points.
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. DSU outscored SSU 26-10 on points off turnovers
2. DSU scored 17 2nd chance points
3. DSU outscored SSU 26-18 on points in the paint.
NaJai Pollard is now third all-time in points for a career at 1,778 passing Tierra Hawkins who had 1,759 points during her illustratious career.
Pollard also has 950 career rebounds, 31 boards away from moving into second in school history for most rebounds in a career.
The Lady Hornets host South Carolina State Feb. 4 at Memorial Hall. Tip-off starts at 5:30 pm.