DSU women top UD for first time 67-64

The Hens’ Tee Johnson is guarded by the Hornets’ Lanayjha Ashe in Tuesday night’s game. Delaware sports information/Mark Campbell

NEWARK — Lyric Turner sank a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left as Delaware State held off Delaware, 67-64, in women’s basketball at the Carpenter Center on Tuesday night at the Carpenter Center.

It was the Hornets’ first victory over the Blue Hens in 12 all-time meetings between the state’s only two NCAA Division I women’s programs.

Paris McBride hit a three-pointer with 13 seconds remaining to pull Delaware (0-2) within 65-64. But the sophomore guard missed a potential three just before the final buzzer.

Sharajah Collins netted a game-high 24 points for DelState (2-1). A 5-foot-7 transfer from Hillsborough Community College, Collins hit 7-of-15 shots from the floor, including 3-for-6 shooting from three-point range.

Delaware’s Tee Johnson puts up a shot against DelState in the Hornets’ victory.

In a back-and-forth contest, the Hens led 15-11 after the first quarter but DelState went up by halftime. The Hornets held a 46-45 advantage going into the fourth quarter.

Lanayjha Ashe added 10 points for DelState with Tierra Floyd pulling down 11 rebounds. Turner tallied only four points but was 4-for-4 from the foul line.

As a team, the Hornets made 17-of-23 free throws.

Delaware got a team-high 20 points from Tee Johnson, a Talahassee Community College transfer. The junior was 7-of-12 from the floor.
Samone DeFreese collected 13 points and 10 rebounds. The Hens finished with a 48-29 edge in rebounding.

A year ago against Delaware, the Hornets couldn’t hold a six-point halftime lead before falling to the Hens, 82-77. Delaware was 6-0 all-time against DSU in Newark.

Delaware State has just two returning letterwinners from last year’s squad with 11 new players on the roster.

The Hornets next host Georgian Court on Saturday at 7 p.m. The game starts a stretch of six straight home games for DelState.

Delaware goes to Maryland on Sunday for a 1 p.m. matchup with the Terrapins. The Hens don’t play at home again until Dec. 4.

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