Lady Marauders Fall 73-66
WILBERFORCE, Ohio – The Central State Lady Marauders fell short in a 73-66 loss to the Yellow Jackets of Cedarville on Thursday night.
The loss drops CSU to 1-2 overall. CU improved to 2-1 on the year.
Falling down by as many as 18 in the early stages of the second half, the Lady Marauder fought back to cut the deficit down the 6 when Falon Edwards converted a mid-range jumper with 8:24 left in the game. Cedarville regained its composure and built their lead back up to 66-54 on a Breanne Watterworth layup at the 5:45 mark.
Back-to-back three-pointers from CSU’s Takyra Gilbert brought CSU back within 6 with 3 minutes left. CSU cut it down to 4 with 1 minute remaining as Sierra Harley scored on an acrobatic drive to the basket.
CSU forced Cedarville into two turnovers in the final 30 seconds of the game but came up empty on both offensive trips down the floor. After a missed shot on their second trip, CSU intentionally fouled and CU’s Regina Hochstetler hit her three free throws to close out the game.
The Lady Marauders recorded 15 steals and forced the Yellow Jackets into 27 turnovers. The Yellow Jackets managed to overcome the CSU defense thanks to a 58% shooting performance compared to the Lady Marauders’ 35% conversion rate. The Yellow Jackets also outrebounds the Lady Marauders, 41 to 22.
Hochstetler led Cedarville with a game-high 21 points. Watterworrth converted 9 of 12 shots to finish with 19 points. She also led all rebounders with 12.
CSU was paced by Gilbert’s 18 points. Sierra Harley scored 16 points. Jaeda Davis and Edwards each finished with 11 points.
CSU will travel to North Carolina for this weekend’s Red & White Classic hosted by Winston-Salem State University. CSU will play Winston-Salem State on Saturday and St. Augustine’s on Sunday.
In the first round of the 2017 Gildan Charleston Classic, Antetokounmpo added 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Trey Landers, John Crosby and Xeyrius Williams each scored nine points.
The Flyers dropped to 1-1 on the season.
The Dayton Flyers trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half but remained within striking distance. UD trailed 36-31 at the half.
Davis led the Flyers with 11 points. He made 2 of 3 3-pointers. The rest of the team made 1 of 8.
The Flyers briefly took lead after a 3-pointer and free throw by Darrell Davis with two minutes to go. Hofstra responded with three straight free throws.
Jalen Crutcher missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds that would have tied the game, but the shot rattled in and out.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Free Throws. Hofstra made 20 of 26 free throws. Dayton made 9 of 14.
Josh Cunningham, the reigning A-10 Player of the Week, battled foul trouble and finished with seven points.
UD shot 44 percent from the field, but was 6 of 22 from beyond the arc with Davis converting four of those.
Dayton will face the Ohio Bobcats on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. ET.