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B-CU Women Fall to Delaware State in MEAC Tourney, 55-44

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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.

Bethune-Cookman (12-17) tried to fight back with Shakeyia Colyer's jumper from the right wing, as well as Chastity René Taylor with two of her four points in the second half.

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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