Jan. 13, 2011

Box Score

DOVER, Del. - Latoya Buckner (Washington, D.C.) recorded a game-high 20 points and nine rebounds and three players finished in double figures but the University of Maryland Eastern Shore women's basketball dropped a wild game in overtime to Delaware State, 74-69, at Memorial Hall Gymnasium Thursday.

Trailing 70-66, with 16 seconds remaining in the extra session, UMES shaved the deficit to 70-69 on 1-of-2 free throws from LaKendra Wilkerson (Greensboro, N.C.) and a pair by Casey Morton (Mardela Springs, Md.). Delaware State's Kianna D'Oliviera missed a pair after a Kwinnyata Mercer (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) foul but Mercer herself was fouled on the ensuing trip down court, giving her the chance to hand UMES the lead. Mercer, though, missed both and the Lady Hornets added insurance at the line in the closing seconds for the win.

The win moves DSU to 5-9 and 1-1 in the MEAC while UMES falls to 3-11 and 0-2.

Buckner's 20 points off the bench came on 7-for-12 shooting, including 5-for-5 from 3-point range. Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) had 12, going 8-for-8 from the foul line while Morton (12 points) and Amber Cook (10) also landed in double-digits.

Tasia Bristow paced a group of four DSU players in double figures with 15. She nailed a 3-pointer with 3:17 left in overtime for a 63-60 edge before UMES responded with four straight points for what was its last lead of the game, 64-63, with 2:20 left.

Buckner opened the second half with a long ball to give UMES a 29-27 lead in the first minute. A D'Oliviera freebie and another Bristow three gave Delaware State a lead it held for the next five minutes until Morton canned a trey at the 11:32 mark for a 40-38 advantage.



Morton then added a pair from the line midway through the half before the Lady Hornets engineered an 8-0 run, capped by an Ashley Thompson jumper with 7:33 left for a 45-42 lead.

Bristow opened a five-point lead, 51-46, for Delaware State with yet another three at the 4:06 mark but UMES closed the gap with an 11-5 stretch to take the lead on a Mercer trey with 1:11 left for a 57-56 advantage.

Mercer hit a free throw with 47 seconds left and Bristow tallied two to send it to overtime.

In the first half, Delaware State jumped out to an 18-7 lead before UMES battled its way back. The Hornets opened the game with a 13-4 run in the first seven minutes. Sha-Kiyla Finney (Portsmouth, Va.) halted the run with a 3-point to cut into the advantage and make it 13-7 with 12:37 remaining.

Delaware State scored the next five points on a Brittany Washington layup and three free throws for its biggest lead of the half but UMES rattled off eight straight to reduce to deficit to just 18-15 with 7:07 left in the half.

UMES knotted the game at 23 on a Mercer three-point play and took a brief advantage, its first of the game on a Buckner three with 53 seconds left. Delaware State led 27-26, though, at the half.

D'Oliviera and Washington scored 12 apiece for Delaware State and Kianna Conner and Thompson tallied 11 and 10 points respectively. The Lady Hornets shot 40.7 percent (22-of-54) from the floor to the Lady Hawks' 34.5 percent (20-of-58).

UMES returns home to play Florida A&M on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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