The Delaware State University women’s basketball team moves to 2-1 on the season after defeating their in-state rival University of Delaware 67-64 on Tuesday at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The Hornets also made history tonight, as the win marks the first time the program has beaten the Blue Hens.
The leading scorer of the game for the Hornets was junior guard/forward Sharajah Collins with 24 points.
Senior guard Lanayjha Ashe also scored in double digits in the Hornets win with 10 points.
Graduate student forward Tierra Floyd was a rebounding machine in the win with 10 rebounds in the game.
Delaware State had the advantage in multiple categories in the game which included points off turnovers (28-17), second-chance points (9-8), bench points (13-11), assists (10-7), turnovers (18-26) and steals (11-4).
The Hornets bested the Blue Hens in three-point shooting percentage as DSU had a 44.4% (8-18) and UD had a 22.2% (2-9) percentage. DSU also outshot Delaware in free throw percentage as Hornets had a 73.9 % (17-23) and Blue Hens had a 63.6 % (14-22) percentage.
Delaware Takes A Four-Point Lead In the First Period
In the first period, the leading scorer for the Hornets was Tierra Floyd who had six points. As a team, DSU had a 23.5% (4-17) shooting percentage in the first period and the team shot 40% (2-5) from the three-point line.
Delaware shot 35.3% (6-17) in the first period and the team shot 100% from the free-throw line (2-2).
The game started with the Hornets taking an 8-4 lead in the early minutes of the first period but the lead would not last long as Delaware would tie the game up at the 4:28 minute mark.
Junior forward Zoe Holmes was a key player when the Hornets took an 8-4 lead in the early minutes of the game as she scored four of the eight points.
At the 3:42 minute mark, Delaware would go on a 7-0 run which gave the team a 15-8 lead with 1:59 left in the period.
Delaware State’s Floyd responded to the Hens run with a three-pointer which decreased the Hens lead to 15-11 with the first period ending.
DSU Takes Halftime Lead
In the second period, the leading scorer for the Hornets was Sharajah Collins as she scored six points. DSU improved their shooting in the second period as the team shot 50% (5-10) and 66.7% (4-6) from the three-point line.
The Blue Hens struggled shooting the ball in the second quarter as the team shot 25% (3-10) and 50% (2-4) from the free-throw line.
The second period started with the Hornets going on a 9-2 run which gave the team a 20-17 lead with 5:17 left in the half. The Hornets hit three shots in a row from downtown on the run which came from Collins, Lanayjha Ashe, and freshman guard Naomi Shorts.
The Hornets would outscore the Blue Hens 8-6 for the rest of the quarter to end with 28-23 halftime lead.
First Half Stats
Hornets were shooting 33.3% (9-27) in the first half and Hens was shooting 31.03 %( 9-29).
Delaware State was shooting 66.67 % (4-6 ) from the free-throw line in the first half and the Delaware 66.67 %(4-6).
The leading scorer for Delaware State in the first half was Sharajah Collins with seven points.
The leading scorer for the Blue Hens in the first half was senior forward Samone DeFreese with seven points.
Delaware Makes a Run But DSU Still Has The Lead After Three
In the third period, the leading scorer for DSU was Sharajah Collins as she scored 10 points. As a team, the Hornets regressed in shooting in the third period as the team shot 41.2% (7-17) and 80% (4-5) at the free-throw line.
Delaware came out re-energized after halftime as the team shot 47.4% ( 9-19) in the third period and 57.1% (4-7) from the free-throw line.
The third period started with Delaware going on a 8-4 run which decreased the Hornets lead to 32-31 with 7:14 left in the period.
Hornets answered back with their own 5-0 run which was led by Sharajah Collins who scored all five points on the drive. The 5-0 run would increase the Hornets lead to 37-31 with 6:16 left in the period.
The Blue Hens would fight back as the team would go on a 14-0 run which would give the team a 45-37 lead with 2:37 left in the third period.
DSU would end the period by going on a 9-0 run which gave the team a 46-45 lead to close the third.
Junior guard Miajah Bullock led the charge on the Hornets 9-0 run by scoring six of the nine points on the drive.
DSU Outscores Delaware In Fourth And Hangs On To Win
The leading scorer for the Hornets in the fourth period was Sharajah Collins as she scored seven points. DSU improved their shooting in the fourth period as the team shot 41.2% (7-17) and 80% (4-5) from the free-throw line.
Delaware also improved their shooting in the fourth period as the team shot 50% (6-12) and shot 66.7% (6-9) at the free-throw line.
The first seven minutes in the fourth period, the two teams were battling as the lead was trading places every few minutes.
At the 2:59 minute mark, the game was tied at 59 which was now a crucial period for each team to see who would respond to the late-game pressure.
The Hornets would be the ones to respond as the team outscored Delaware 8-5 to take home a 67-64 win.
DSU takes on Georgian Court at Memorial Hall on November 16th at 7:00 PM ET.
FG%: DSU 38.2 % & UD40.0 %
3P%: DSU 44.4 % & UD22.2%
FT%: DSU 73.9 %& UD 63.6 %
Rebs: DSU 29 &UD 48
Ast: DSU 10 & UD 7
Stl: DSU 11&UD 4
TO: DSU 18 &UD 26
Blks: DSU 2&UD4