The Lady Statesmen ended up getting what they wanted as they defeated the Christian Brothers University Lady Buccaneers 60-50 in college basketball action. The win pushed the Lady Statesmen to 5-1 with a 1-0 mark in the GSC, while Christian Brothers fell to 2-3 with an 0-1 mark in the GSC.
Delta States women’s basketball head coach David Midlick was glad to start conference play on the right foot.
“We had to fight a battle for it, and our young ladies definitely earned it,” Midlick said.
The Lady Buccaneers jumped out to a hot start against the Lady Statesmen. Christian Brothers was up 14-6 early in the first half. The Lady Statesmen didn't stay down as the team battled back. Seneca Walton keyed the Lady Statesmen with 10 first half points. Chelsey Rhodes also hit a clutch 3-point bucket to help Delta State take a 26-24 lead at halftime.
“We started off not making some shots,” Midlick said. “I think that effected us and our energy level and that just can’t happen. We had a few starters get into foul trouble. Some young ladies came off the bench and really gave us a good effort.”
The momentum from the first half carried over into the second half. Rhandi Ball, Walton, Brittany Roberts and Chelsey Rhodes scored some key points early in the half to give the Lady Statesmen a 37-27 advantage with 16:07 left to play. The Lady Buccaneers didn’t give up as they were able to cut the lead to as few as four points, but the Lady Statesmen were able to hang on for the victory.
Walton had a monster game for the Lady Statesmen by finishing with 16 points, six rebounds and three steals.
“We need to go to her,” Midlick said about Walton. “I told her at halftime that she’s got to do a little work under the basket. She tends to fade out and wants to be at the elbow and wants to be in the short corner. She did a good job underneath. I kind of challenged her midway through the first half, and I think she made two or three straight baskets.”
Roberts, Ball and Chelsey Rhodes scored nine points each to aid the Lady Statesmen, followed by Brooke Rhodes with eight points. Brooke also had nine rebounds with two steals, Ball pulled down seven rebounds with three steals and Chelsey pulled down four rebounds with three assists and three steals. Shanae Govan dished out a team-high four assists, while Becca Ruckes scored four points with three rebounds to round out DSU’s attack.
Breanna Ridgell scored 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead Christian Brothers.
DSU will be off for the next two weeks and will return to the basketball court on Dec. 15 to play Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Ala.