DSU teams continue dominance
by Donell Maxie
Jan 08, 2014 | 877 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Delta State Statesmen and Lady Statesmen hosted the Shorter Hawks and Lady Hawks Monday at the Walter Sillers Coliseum in Gulf South Conference basketball action.

Both DSU teams had strong performances, which led to victories for both squads. The Lady Statesmen defeated the Lady Hawks 64-48, and the Statesmen got past the Hawks 91-81.

The Lady Statesmen improved to 10-1 with a 5-0 mark in the conference, and the Statesmen are now 11-2 with a 4-1 mark in the conference.

In the men's contest, it was senior forward Willie Readus who powered the Statesmen to the victory with a career high 36-point effort with 11 rebounds.

The Statesmen led by as many as 17 points with 6:49 left in the first half at 30-13. With 3:07 left in the first half, DSU's Michael Weems knocked down a three-point shot for a 37-23 lead, but the Hawks responded with a 10-0 run to end the half at 37-33.

In the second half, both teams amped up the intensity and with 3:33 remaining DSU was clinging to a 73-72 lead. Two free throws and a layup from Readus gave DSU a 77-72 cushion with 2:41 remaining. The five-point spread would be as close as the Hawks could get as the Statesmen continued to knock down their free throws and get stops to keep Shorter at bay.

Devin Schmidt had 18 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for DSU, followed by Jack Madgen with 12 points and Mike Washington with 11 points.

In the women's game, it was a total team effort on offense and defense.

On the night, the Lady Statesmen held the Lady Hawks to 36.2 percent shooting. In the second half, the Lady Hawks could only muster a 30.4 percent shooting effort.

DSU led Shorter 34-22 at half time.

The Lady Statesmen finished the night shooting 47.5 percent from the floor and 40 percent from the three-point line.

The Lady Statesmen placed four players in double digits led by Chelsey Rhodes with 18 points, Becca Ruckes with 12 points, Shanae Govan with 10 points, nine assists and three steals and Rhandi Ball with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Chadisty Hickman added seven points and Seneca Walton chipped in with four points and 10 rebounds.

Delta State will hit the road for its first-ever meeting on the hardwood with Lee University on Thursday at the Walker Arena in Cleveland, Tenn. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. for the women and 8 p.m. for the men.