Poor shooting dooms Lady Statesmen
by Donell Maxie
Feb 14, 2014 | 1109 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Defense! Defense! Defense!

That is what highlighted the first half in Thursday's contest between the Delta State Lady Statesmen and the Lee University Lady Flames.

With a first half score of 17-12 in favor of Lee, Delta State had a lot of questions to answer at halftime. Those answers remained a mystery as the Lady Flames maintained control in the second half and went on to win 49-34.

The loss snapped the team's 15-game home winning streak and dropped the Lady Statesmen to 17-4 with a 12-3 mark in the Gulf South Conference. Lee improved their record to 16-4 with a 12-2 record in the conference.

In the first half, the Lady Statesmen shot only 14.3 percent (3-of-21) from the floor, but their 66.7 percent from the charity stripe kept them in the game.

Lee only shot 26.1 percent (6-of-23) from the floor but two of those were three-point shots that helped elevate the Lady Flames in the first half.

The second half saw a slight improvement, but not much as the Lady Statesmen shot 32-percent from the floor, but only mustered 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from the free throw line. Lee shot 35.3 percent (12-of-40) from the floor in the second half and 11-11 from the charity stripe.

For the game Delta was 11-of-46 from the floor (23.9 percent), 1-of-11 from the three-point line (9.1 percent) and 11-of-22 from the free throw line (50 percent).

Lee finished shooting 30 percent from the floor (12-40), 18.8 percent from the three-point line (3-16), but was 95.7 percent from the charity stripe (22-of-23).

Both teams had 16 points each in the paint. Lee held a slight edge in points off turnovers at 9-8 while DSU outscored Lee 7-2 in second chance points and 6-0 off fast break points.

Seneca Walton picked up her 14th double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Lady Statesmen.

The Lady Statesmen will conclude their two-game home stand on Monday when they host Christian Brothers University at 5:30 p.m.