RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — History repeated itself for the Delta State Lady Statesmen (28-4). In consecutive years, the Golden Suns (30-2) of Arkansas Tech defeated the green-and-white in the NCAA South Region Tournament championship game in Tucker Coliseum. The Lady Statesmen’s 2010-11 season ended on an 85-77 loss to ATU on Monday.
The Lady Statesmen went seven minutes without scoring a bucket in the beginning of the first half, giving the Golden Suns an opportunity to take a massive lead. With 9:50 left to play in the first period, Arkansas Tech had a 19-point advantage (23-4).
The Lady Statesmen struggled getting the ball inside as well as getting rebounds. They only scored four points in the paint in the first half compared to ATU’s 22. The Golden Suns out-rebounded the Lady Statesmen 17-10 in the first.
After making an offensive run, DSU cut the deficit nearly in half and went into the half down 39-28.
In the second half, the Lady Statesmen fought for every possession, but each offensive run DSU put up was absorbed by the Golden Suns.
Arkansas Tech’s Natalia Santos was high-scorer with 25 points.
ATU finished with 44 points in the paint compared to DSU’s 20.
Seniors Sheena Johnson and Bug Cooper both finished with 16 points. Bug also had eight assists and four rebounds while Johnson had three assists and three rebounds.
Moe Bell finished 3 of 8 from the arch and 4 of 10 from the field. She had 11 points, five rebounds and one assist.
The Lady Statesmen ended the night shooting 43.1 percent from the floor (28 of 65), 30.4 percent from the arch (7of 23) and 60.9 percent from the free throw line (14 of 23).