Lady Marauders cruise to 73-51 win over Miles
WILBERFORCE, Ohio – After a nine-day layoff since their last game, the Central State Lady Marauders defeated Miles College, 71-53, on Saturday afternoon.
With the victory, CSU improves to 13-3 overall with a SIAC leading 8-1 record. Miles dropped to 4-9 on the year with a 2-4 ledger in conference play.
Miles kept the game close early on as the teams played to 17-17 tie at the end of the first quarter. CSU’s defense tighten up, holding the Golden Bears to just 5 points in the second quarter as the Lady Marauders took a 30-22 lead at the intermission.
By the midway point of the third quarter, CSU was in full control. Brooke Spaulding knocked down a three-pointer at the 4:06 mark to give her team its largest lead of the night, 56-31. CSU maintained a 20-point margin entering the final quarter of play and cruised to their fourth straight win.
CSU forced 21 turnovers and held a 27-7 edge in points scored off of Miles giveaways.
Spaulding finished with a game-high 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Sierra Harley scored 19 points and a game-high 4 steals. Falon Edwards chipped in with 10 points.
Jasmine Hollis paced Miles with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
CSU continues conference play at home on Monday against Tuskegee at 5:30 pm
Quotes – Coach LaTonya McDole
“We did a great job of stepping up our defensive effort.”
“Brooke and Sierra continue to step up to the challenge each and every game.”
“We have a good lead in the division but we have to remain hungry and motivated moving forward.”
CSU is currently ranked No. 10 in the D2SIDA South Region Poll.
CSU leads the SIAC in scoring (80.5 ppg), assists (15.9 apg), offensive rebounding (18.8 orpg) and steals (14.1 spg).
CSU currently leads the SIAC West Division by 3 games.
Brooke Spaulding has stepped up in the absence of leading scorer Takyra Gilbert. Since the Gilbert injury (Dec. 16), Spaulding is averaging 17.3 ppg.
Marauders top Miles, 89-80
WILBERFORCE, Ohio – The Central State Marauders snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 89-80 win over Miles College on Saturday
CSU improved to 5-11 overall with a 4-6 mark in SIAC play. The Golden Bears fall to 3-11 overall and 2-5 in the conference.
Miles led by as many as seven in the first half. With 8 minutes remaining until halftime, a basket from Frank Barber III sparked a 9-0 run for the Marauders. Sterling Gilmore capped of the run with a fast break layup to give CSU a 28-26 lead at the 4:58 mark and the Marauders built their lead up to 35-30 by intermission.
Chris Scott opened the CSU scoring in the second half with a good three-pointer to put his team up by eight, but Miles erased the deficit by the 12:42 mark as the teams were all square, 47-47. Jeremy Brown scored the next 4 points to spark a 8-2 run for CSU. The free throw shooting of Chris Scott and Davone Daniels allowed CSU to maintain a healthy nine point lead with 8 minutes to play.
While the Marauders were converting from the line, Miles went 0-4 from the line in the span of the next four minutes. CSU closed the game by converting nine of their final ten field goals en route to the victory.
CSU held a 17-10 edge in points scored off turnovers. CSU was 26 of 34 from the free throw line compared to MC’s 12 for 21 performance.
Scott led all players with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Daniels provided a spark off the bench with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Jeremy Brown filled the stat sheet with 12 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
Damian Archer finished with 19 points to lead Miles.
The Marauders will host Tuskegee on Monday at 7:30 pm.
Quotes – Coach Joseph Price
“We were finally able to successfully close out a game the right way.”
“Tonight was a total team effort and I was really proud of our level of intensity tonight.”
“Chris is feeling really good right now and it shows on the floor. Davone did a tremendous job of bouncing back after a rough first half and made some big shots for us down the stretch.”
“It is really great to get a win at home in front of a great crowd along with our band and cheerleaders in attendance.”
CSU snapped a 7-game losing streak on Monday.
CSU is leading the SIAC West Division with a 4-6 conference record.
Chris Scott recorded his team-leading seventh double-double of the season.
CSU’s 26 made free throws against Miles is a season-high.