No. 1 Lady Statesmen down Argonauts
CLEVELAND – The top-ranked Delta State University women’s basketball team shrugged off a sluggish first half, cruising to a 75-53 victory over visiting West Florida (5-4) Sunday at Walter Sillers Coliseum. The victory was the 52nd consecutive home win for the Lady Statesmen (9-0), who now stands six wins away from the school record 58.
After falling behind by nine points 17-8 to the Argonauts with 11:27 remaining in the half, the top-ranked Lady Statesmen 30-15 to take a 38-32 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Spurred on by their play in the paint, the Lady Statesmen dominated the post in the first half, outscoring UWF 22-12 to end te half shooting 48.4 percent on 15-of-31 shooting. DSU was also 2-of-5 from 3-point range and 6-of-6 from the line, while out-rebounding UWF 20-16.
Shameka Russell led Delta State with 11 points off the bench. Sarita “Bug” Cooper had six points and seven assists with Sheena Johnson chipping in eight points and four boards.
Led by Sher’Ryan Scott’s 12 points, UWF hit on 13-of-30 shots in the first frame, including 4-of-7 from the free throw line.
The Lady Statesmen kept the pressure on the Argonaut in the second half, outscoring UWF 37-21 to cruise to the win. After building a 12-point lead shortly after halftime, UWF clawed back to make it an eight point deficit before coach Sandra Rushing’s club put it away down the stretch.
DSU placed four players in double figures, led by Russell’s 13. Johnson finished with 12, while Cooper had a double-double with 10 points and 12 assists. Veronica Walker just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Ryan led UWF and all scorers with 14 points.
The green-and-white shot 50 percent (28-of-56) for the game, while holding UWF to just 35.7 percent (20-of-56). DSU also out-rebounded UWF 45-29 and outscored the Argos 38-20 in the paint.
Delta State will put its No. 1 national ranking and 52-game home win streak on the line Tuesday, Dec. 14 versus GSC foe Valdosta State. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. at Sillers Coliseum.