B-CU Women Fall to Delaware State in MEAC Tourney, 55-44
NORFOLK, Va. - Tierra Hawkins scored a game-high 16 points to help lead No. 9 Delaware State to a 55-44 win over No. 8 Bethune-Cookman in women's action of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament at The Scope in Norfolk, Va.
With the game tied at 35 with 8:29 remaining in the second half, Delaware State (10-20) embarked upon a 10-0 run that pushed the Hornets out in front for good. Tasia Bristow connected on the game's lone three-pointer to put the Hornets up 40-35, followed moments later by a pair of free throws from Kianna D'Oliveira to extend the lead at 45-35.
The Wildcats took the lead to open the second half following a quick basket from Terrenisha Hollis.
The two teams exchanged leads over the course of the next four minutes until DSU pushed forward to a 33-28 advantage after a Hawkins layup with 13:01 left. The Wildcats clawed back to knot the game at 35 on the strength of a pair of layups from Sharnese Neal and Deja Gibson, concluding with a foul shot from Neal.
Bethune-Cookman jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start the game, getting early baskets from Neal and Kayla Crawford. DSU quickly answered with a 6-0 run of its own to take the lead, but the Cats didn't falter as the lead never got above four for the Hornets in the opening stanza.
An old-fashioned three-point play from Neal tied the game for the third time at that point, pitting the teams at 15-all.
The Cats took a brief 22-21 lead with just 1:32 remaining in the opening half on a foul shot from Colyer, capping her three-point play and a 5-0 B-CU spurt.
DSU regained the lead heading into the locker room with a layup by Keyanna Tate seconds before the half ended.
For Delaware State, Hawkins led all scorers with 16, finishing a double-double effort with 12 rebounds. She would also add two assists and a block. Assisting Hawkins was Keyanna Tate with eight points and seven rebounds.
B-CU was led in scoring by Neal's 12-point, four-rebound performance. Shakeyia Colyer added nine points, and Hollis chipped in with eight.
The Hornets of Delaware State advance to the quarterfinals to face top-seeded Hampton on Wednesday at Noon.
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