Tierra Hawkins recorded her second straight double-double, tallying a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead Delaware State to a 58-49 MEAC women's basketball win over North Carolina Central in Memorial Hall on Saturday.
The Lady Hornets won their fifth straight game to improve to 8-11 overall and 5-1 in the MEAC. The win streak is DSU's longest since the 2007-08 season. The six-game MEAC mark is also the team's best since that season.
Delaware State entered the contest in second place in the MEAC standings.
NC Central fell to 0-20 and 0-7.
“We certainly didn’t play our best game, but I give North Carolina Central credit for giving us a good test,” said Delaware State first-year head coach Tamika Louis. “At this stage in our development, we’ll learn from this game and try to get better each time out.”
Hawkins was 10-for-15 from the field and 5-of-7 at the free throw line. She has hit 18-of- 27 shots from the field in the last two games (66.7%).
Now averaging 18.1 points per-game, the Clinton, Md., native has scored in double figures in 11 straight games, and 17 times in the Lady Hornets' 19 games this season. She has scored 20-or-more points in eight games and tops the team with five "double-doubles."
Hawkins had 24 points and a career-high 15 rebounds at Florida A&M in DSU's previous outing.
Neither team led by more than four points in the first 12-and-half minutes of the game. North Carolina Central led for the final time, 17-16, on a free throw by Aja Hoyle with 8:33 left in the first half.
Delaware State scored the next seven points, capped off by a three-pointer by Tasia Bristow, to open up a 23-17 lead with 7:24 left in the half.
The Lady Hornets built their lead to 31-23 at intermission.
North Carolina Central scored six of the first seven points of the second half, and pulled to within 32-29 on a jumper by Chasidy Williams (12 points) with 15:38 left to play. Delaware State responded with a 10-2 run, and opened up its biggest lead of the game, 42-31, on a jumper by Bristow with 10:29 left. Hawkins scored four points during the spurt.
NCCU refused to quit, and ran off the next seven points to stay in the game. Hoyle capped off the rally with a free throw to pull to within 42-38 with 7:55 remaining in the game. Kianna D’Oliveira had a follow-up basket and Hawkins hit a turnaround jumper on the next two possessions to stretch Delaware State’s lead to 46-38 helping them pull away for the victory.