Delaware State’s Tasia Bristow hit a desperation three-pointer from the left elbow with two seconds remaining on the shot clock to tie the game at 58 all with 4.6 remaining in the game and force overtime.

Bristow’s basket helped the host Lady Hornets overcome an 11-point second half deficit and Delaware State never looked back. The Hornets would outscore Morgan State 9-2 in overtime and defeat the Lady Bears 65-60 in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) game on Feb. 27 at Memorial Hall in Dover, Delaware.

Morgan State (6-22 overall, 3-12 MEAC) held an 11-point lead (51-40) with 11:28 to play after Tracey Carrington converted a free throw to complete a three-point play. The Lady Bears would then be held scoreless for over seven minutes. During that time the host Lady Hornets would go on a 9-0 run to pull within a point at 51-50.

Omara Parker ended the Lady Hornets’ run with a jumper at the 4:05 mark, giving Morgan State a 53-50 lead. Parker then responded to a three-pointer by Alexis Thornton with one of her own, as the Lady Bears held a 56-53 advantage with 1:21 to go.

Keyanna Tate brought the hosts within 56-55 with a jumper and Morgan went back up by three points (58-55) after DeKeisha Mathis knocked down two free throws with 33 seconds left. That’s when Bristow hit her game-tying three-pointer to send the game to an extra period.

Bristow would score six of Delaware State’s nine points in overtime including four straight free throws to seal the deal.
The Lady Bears, who dropped their seventh straight contest, were led by Mathis, who finished with 16 points and Amarah Williams recorded her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Parker added 12 points and nine rebounds.

Delaware State (6-22 overall, 3-12 MEAC) was led by Tierra Hawkins who had a game-high 18 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Bristow finished with 12 points and a game-high five steals, while Thornton came off the bench to add 12 points.

Morgan State closed out the regular season on March 1 at Florida A&M. The MEAC tournament is scheduled for second week of March.

Kevin Paige

Special to the AFRO