Lady Cats Cruise to 55-32 Win Over North Carolina Central
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Terrenisha Hollis earned her first career double-double to lead Bethune-Cookman in cruising past visiting North Carolina Central, 55-32, in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) women's basketball action, Monday night inside Richard V. Moore Gymnasium.
"It was big for us to not come out tonight flat, especially having such a good program win Saturday," Head Coach Vanessa Blair said. "You have to guard against complacency."
Bethune-Cookman (7-8, 2-1 MEAC) opened the game with a 9-0 run, scoring on their first three possessions, never looking back en route to the Lady Wildcats fifth win in their last eight games. Meanwhile, N.C. Central remained winless on the slate, falling to 0-16 overall (0-3 MEAC).
The Lady Wildcats held a commanding 34-12 advantage at the break, using 15 points off 12 Lady Eagles turnovers in the opening stanza. Heading into the halftime break, B-CU held NCCU without a field goal for the final 11 minutes of the period.
Ball movement played a key from the start as B-CU registered eight assists on its first 12 baskets. Normally a driving team, B-CU limited NCCU to just eight points in the paint through the first 20 minutes.
Using a heavy rotation against NCCU's short bench, B-CU had offensive challenges in the first five minutes of the second, but quickly found their groove again, pushing the lead back out to 21. The Lady Wildcats fought off another pair of Eagles runs, but never allowed their advantage to fall below 17.
"We had some lapses throughout the game, and thank goodness we had enough cushion to finish victorious," Blair noted. "I think it's a natural human tendency to look at the score and not play as fervent as we needed them to."
B-CU held its largest lead of the game at 55-32 following a successful pair at the free throw line from Hollis with just over two minutes to play in the game. The margin held through to the final buzzer as B-CU did not allow NCCU to score for the final 4:43.
The Lady Wildcats hit 45.7 percent from field and 50 percent from three-point range, led by Hollis' 16 points. Hollis also cleaned the glass, logging 10 rebounds to earn her first career double-double, in addition four assists and she tied with Taylor for a team-high three steals. Taylor added 15 points of her own with a pair of assists.
Amanda Hairston made her presence known in the paint, securing three blocks in the win over the Eagles.
The Lady Wildcats collected a commanding season-high rebounds, dominating the Eagles on the glass with a 55-28 rebound margin. Six B-CU players scooped at least a pair of boards.
With a successful sweep of the brief homestand, the Lady Wildcats return to the road this weekend just one game under .500, traveling first to Orangeburg, S.C. to face South Carolina State (10-5, 2-2 MEAC) on Saturday at 2 p.m.