Local roundup: Hornet women’s hoop team eliminated at MEAC tournament

The Delaware State women’s basketball team was eliminated in the first round of the MEAC Tournament after falling to North Carolina Central, 80-64, at the Scope Arena on Tuesday afternoon.

After falling behind, 36-29, at halftime, the Hornets quickly found themselves down by 17 when the Eagles started the second half on a 12-2 run.

Leading 58-44 after three quarters, North Carolina Central’s lead grew to as many as 20 points with 5:33 left in the game. The Eagles sank 26-of-27 free throws in the contest.

Paulina Afriyie led five North Carolina Central in double figures with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

In her final college game, DSU’s NaJai Pollard netted a game-high 27 points with eight rebounds. Lanayjha Ashe had 14 points and six rebounds while Keke Barber added nine points.

“I gave everything I had for four years and have no regrets,” said Pollard, who became the program’s all-time leading scorer this season. “I’m thankful to the coaches I’ve had and all my teammates. I have nothing but great memories of my time at Delaware State.”

The Hornets shot just 25-of-68 (36.8 percent) from the field, including only 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) on three-point attempts.

Three Hens honored by CAA: Delaware junior Samone DeFreese was named to the second team when the all-CAA women’s team was announced on Tuesday.

Also for the Blue Hens, freshman Jasmine Dickey was selected to the CAA All-Rookie team. Additionally, junior Abby Gonzales earned the league’s Dean Ehlers Leadership and Sport Excellence Award.

Delaware is hosting the CAA Tournament at the Carpenter Center starting today.

The fifth-seeded Hens (16-14, 11-7 CAA) face fourth-seed Towson in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The two teams split their two regular season matchups.

DeFreese enters the postseason averaging a team-best 10.8 points per game while shooting 40.6 percent from the field while collecting 183 rebounds.

Dickey enjoyed a stellar rookie campaign despite missing eight games due to injury. She led all CAA rookies with 8.3 rebounds per game while averaging 7.9 points.

Gonzales is just the second Delaware player to win the Dean Ehlers Leadership and Sport Excellence Award.

The award is given to a men’s and women’s basketball student-athlete who “embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity and sportsmanship in conjunction with his/her academic athletic achievement.

Gonzales, who leads the Hens in minutes played (32.3), 3-pointers made (58), free throw percentage (.789), assists (94) and steals (50), has been able to balance her academics and athletics to maintain a 3.56 GPA as an elementary education major.

College baseball

Hampden-Sydney 23, Wesley 10: The Wolverines (1-7-1) fell behind 18-0 before dropping the non-conference decision.

Wesley scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and finished with 10 hits.

Hampden-Sydney finished with 15 hits while also taking advantage of 18 walks and seven hit batters by five Wolverine pitchers.

Cory Joines, William Musser and Brock Wingate all had two hits for Wesley.

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