B-CU Falls in Overtime Hearbreaker to Delaware State, 62-57
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Two Lady Wildcats comebacks weren't enough to collect the victory, as Delaware State scored the final six points in the overtime period on Saturday to claim a hard-fought 62-57 win over homestanding Bethune-Cookman in a MEAC women's basketball affair inside historic Moore Gymnasium.
"I just don't think that we showed up from an offensive standpoint," Head Coach Vanessa Blair said. "On the defensive end, we gave up far too many offensive rebounds that converted to baskets for Del. State."
The game opened fast for the Wildcats as they surged out to a 7-0 lead before the Lady Hornets stormed back to knot up the game with just over 13 minutes remaining in the half. The Lady Wildcats later reclaimed the advantage at 9-7, ending almost a seven-minute drought with a Terrenisha Hollis layup at the 10:49 mark.
Unfortunately for the Lady Wildcats, it would be another five minutes before they could break into the scoring column again, allowing DSU to build a 16-9 lead. Hollis scored five straight for B-CU to get the Lady Wildcats in rallying position as the half wound down.
After a three-point play with under a minute to go granted the Lady Hornets a brief lead, the Lady Cats responded to knot the game once again with a three-pointer from Chastity René Taylor from the right side on the assist from Taylor Houston, heading into the locker room at 21-all.
B-CU came out of the half cold, hitting just one field goal in the first 10 minutes of the second, trailing by nine at the midpoint, but whittled the deficit down gradually. Trailing 41-39 with 3:26 remaining in regulation, a technical foul was assessed to DSU's Tierra Hawkins, allowing Taylor to connect on two free throws that knotted the game.
That was the turning point in what was otherwise a frustrating game for B-CU head coach Vanessa Blair and her Lady Wildcats.
A backdoor cut and layup by Hollis allowed the Cats to take their first lead since midway through the opening half.
That began a furious final few moments that will go down in Richard V. Moore Gymnasium history for one of the best women's hoops games in the long legacy of the storied venue. Three ties and three lead changes highlighted the final minutes, as point guard Shakeyia Colyer stepped up for a pair of free throws and successful lane drives brought the score to 49-all with 19 seconds to go. B-CU held DSU as the clock ticked away to send the game into the extra period.
"The comeback was highly contributed to [Chastity] René [Taylor] and Terrenisha [Hollis], who both had consistent nights again for us, just going to them and getting them to get us offensively back in rhythm," Blair noted.
Overtime. The first of the season for either team. The pace as frantic as any on the year. Maybe just a little too frantic for the young Wildcats in the end.
Despite seven lead changes, a key B-CU turnover opened up a fast break opportunity for DSU's Jade Washington with 34 seconds to go, putting the Lady Hornets on top for the final time. DSU was perfect from the line as B-CU was forced to foul, en route to the 62-57 win.
"Our turnovers led to fast break points for them," Blair said. "We played too rushed with the lead and turned the ball over."
DSU scored six off turnovers, four on the fast break, in the extra period, with 18 off turnovers and 14 on the break across the three periods.
A career-high afternoon for Hollis sparked the Lady Wildcats throughout as she registered career marks of 22 points and six steals, in addition to 10 rebounds, her second career double-double. Taylor added 13 in the second half for a total of 18. Kayla Crawford also added nine rebounds for the Lady Wildcats.
After challenges the past week on the road from the line, B-CU bounced back with a 13-of-15 free throw performance.