BOWIE, Md.–The Lady Bulldogs of Bowie State used a 42-24 halftime advantage and cruised to a 70-56 non-conference home victory over the Shepherdstown, West Virginia, Shepherd University Rams on Dec. 6 in Bowie, Md. The win snapped a four-game slide and sets the Lady Bulldogs record at 3-4 heading into the Christmas break.

Bowie State trailed twice early in the game. With Shepherd leading 6-4 at the 16:58 mark of the first half, junior guard Brooke Miles stuck a three-pointer and the Lady Bulldogs would never trail again. The Lady Bulldogs stretched the lead to double digits (28-18) with 6:34 left in the opening period and increased their lead to 42-24 by halftime.

The Rams were able to cut the deficit to 10 three times in the second half, with the last occurring with 2:19 remaining in the game when the Lady Bulldogs were in front 61-51. Bowie State’s bench stepped up big over the final 20 minutes, scoring 18 of the teams 28 points.

Sophomore Jasmine McIntosh led Bowie State in scoring for the second game in a row, pacing the Lady Bulldogs with a game-high 19 points to go along with eight rebounds. Senior guard Jasmine Jacobs and Miles added 13 points each. Junior center Moriah Goodman fell just shy of a double-double, scoring eight points, grabbed a game and personal season-high 12 rebounds and tied for team-high block honors with three.

“To head into the Christmas break with this record is a little better start than we got off to last year”, said second-year head coach Renard Smith. Bowie State began the 2011-2012 season with eight straight losses before tasting victory for the first time. Smith went on to say, “We did not shoot the ball well at all tonight. However, I wanted to limit our turnovers and we got good bench productivity.”

Bowie State (3-4) shot 41 percent from the field in the first half (16-of-39) but cooled down to 28 percent in the second half (7-of-25). The Lady Bulldogs had a better shooting percentage from the free throw line, making 17-of-20 overall (85 percent).

Shepherd (2-3) was led by sophomore guard Rachel Johnson and freshman forward Gabby Flinchum with 13 and 12 points respectively. Senior forward Emily Daniel was the Rams’ leading rebounder with 10 and top shot blocker with four.

The Lady Bulldogs defense held the Rams to 17-of-65 shooting from the field (26 percent), which included 7-of-23 (30 percent) beyond the 3-points line.

The Lady Bulldogs will take final exams next week and head home for the holidays. They will close out the year with a road game on Dec. 29 with the Queens College (Flushing, N.Y.) Knights at Fitzgerald Gym. 

Greg Goings

Special to the AFRO