Philadelphia, Pa. (Nov. 11, 2017) --- Delaware State falls in their season opener against Temple 96-72. Five Lady Hornets scored in double figures.
NaJai Pollard led the way for the Lady Hornets with 21 points and seven rebounds. Lanayjha Ashe scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds as well. Kia Abrams provided a spark of the bench scoring 13 points (including three made three-point field goals).
The Owls opened the game on a 6-0 run. After a timeout by DSU, the Lady Hornets responded with a 9-4 run of their own and only trailed 12-9 with 4:58 left in the quarter. The Owls ended the quarter on a 15-4 run, taking a 28-13 lead into the second quarter.
The Lady Hornets trailed by as many as seventeen early in the second. Kia Abrams jump started DSU’s offense scoring 10 points in the quarter. Ryan Jones hit two free throws to cut the deficit to just nine points with 1:06 remaining in the half.
The Lady Hornets remained within arm’s reach for most of the third quarter. They trailed 59-50 after used a euro step to squeeze between two Owl defenders and finish with a layup with 5:08 remaining in the third. However, Temple shut the door on an upset bid going on a 14-2 run to end the quarter.
The Owls lead would balloon up to as much as 31 points in the fourth quarter.
Temple Owl Tanaya Atkinson led all scorers with 23 points and also grabbed 13 rebounds. Mia Davis added 21 points and led all players with 17 rebounds
The Lady Hornets never led during the game.
Delaware State shot 25-72 (34.7%) from the field and just 3-15 from three-point range (20%).
Temple was 34-74 (45.9%) including 7-30 (23.3%) on three-point attempts.
KEYS TO THE GAME
> The Owls out-rebounded the Hornets, 54-39, including 36-23 on defensive boards.
> Lady Hornets forced 10 steals
> Temple outscored the Hornets 44 to 26 in points in the paint.
> Pollard needs 72 points to reach 1,000 for her career.
> True Freshman Ryan Jones tallied 10 points, four assists and four steals in her debut.
> Freshman walk-on Nyasia Carroll-Jackson scored four points to start her collegiate career.
> Junior college transfer A’Nikeyawna Barber recorded six points, eight rebounds, and two steals in her first game at DSU.