Dover, Del. (Dec. 2) --- The Lady Hornets fall to the Cleveland State Vikings 57-49. On Monday night at Memorial Hall Gym. Delaware State struggled from the field for most of the game. They shot just 18-of-72 (25.0%) from the field, and 8-of-27 (29.6%) on three-point attempts (DSU made 6-of-12 three-pointers in the fourth quarter). This marks their fourth straight loss and they fall to 3-5 on the season.
The Vikings struck first, scoring the first three baskets of the game, to lead 6-0 with 7:41 in the first quarter.
After a timeout by DSU head coach Dave Caputo, the Lady Hornets scored seven unanswered points, capped off by a jumper from DeMaurea Moore with 5:05 left in the period.
Cleveland State responded with another run. They outscored DSU 9-0 for the rest of the quarter, leading 15-7 after the first ten minutes of action.
Lady Hornets forward, Tierra Floyd buried a three from the right wing to start the quarter, cutting the deficit to just five. However, Cleveland State outscored Delaware State 14-7 for the rest of the quarter. The Lady Hornets trailed 29-17 after the first half.
Delaware State trailed by as many as 19 points, with 4:01 left in the third quarter. DSU guard Janasia Law probed into the lane and hit a floater over the outstretched arms of Vikings defenders. A couple of possessions later Lady Hornet Sharajah Collins was fouled on a fast break and hit both free throws to cut the deficit to 15 with 2:41 remaining in the third.
With just 16 seconds left before the final quarter, Moore converted a three-point play, after making a nice hook shot in the paint despite contact. Her timely basket cut the lead down to 13 points heading into the fourth quarter.
The Tuscaloosa, Alabama native finished with eight rebounds, seven points and one assist.
The Viking lead rose back up to 17 with 8:04 remaining. After DSU forward Melissa Sam missed a layup, The Lady Hornets Miajah Bullock flew through the lane to grab the offensive rebound. Later in the possession Bullock knocked down a much needed three from the left corner, cutting the deficit to just 14 with 7:24 left. One minute later Lyric Turner, who entered today’s game leading the Lady Hornets with 14 three-pointers, knocked down her first three of the game. A few possessions later, Lanayjha Ashe hit a huge three pointer to cut the once 19-point lead down to just eight with 4:57 left in the game.
Senior guard Lanayjha Ashe finished the game with a team high 12 points, all her points were scored on three-point attempts (4-of-7 3FG), Ashe added eight rebounds (tied for team high) and three assists.
The next time down the floor Turner tried for another three pointer but missed. DeMaurea Moore grabbed the offensive rebound, kicked it back out to Turner who made the defense pay with a three this time. Her triple capped off a 12-0 run. DSU trailed by just five points at 48-43 with 4:25 left in the game.
That was as close as the Lady Hornets would get though. The Vikings made some timely shots and the Lady Hornets went cold scoring just six points the rest of the way.
Cleveland State shot 20-of-53 from the field (37.7%) and the Vikings, who entered the game shooting an efficient 41.0% on three-point attempts, shot just 4-of-17 (23.5%) on three-pointers in tonight’s contest.
Keys to the Game
1. Cleveland State outscored DSU 26-16 in points in the paint.
2. The Lady Hornets made six three’s in the fourth quarter.
3. Cleveland State outscored DSU 10-2 on fast break points
The Lady Hornets wrap up their six game homestand on December 7th, as they will host St. Peter’s College. Tip-off starts at 2:00 PM.