DSU women upset by Albany State
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FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The No. 4 seeded Delta State University Lady Statesmen faced the No. 5 seeded Lady Rams of Albany State on the hardwood for quarterfinal action in 2014 NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball South Region Tournament here Friday night.

Delta State ended up getting upset as the team lost Albany State 49-45 to close out the season at 24-6 and a conference record of 17-3.

This matchup marked the 16th meeting between the two squads all time with the last encounter being on Nov. 24, 2007.

The Lady Statesmen started the game off right when Shanae Govan found Becca Ruckes under the basket to bank it in for a 6-3 lead.

Albany State battled right back as Keidra Green drained one from downtown to tie the game at 6-6 just before the first media timeout.

Senior Chadisty Hickman connected with Seneca Walton, the All-South Region Player of the Year, who nailed a 12-footer to take the 8-6 lead out of the media timeout.

Turnovers plagued the Lady Statesmen early in the game but timely rebounding kept the momentum in their favor.

With the score tied at 13-13, Myiesha Stewart put DSU back in the lead with two free throws before Artisha Holston tied the game at 15-all with 7:40 remaining in the first half.

True freshman Anissa Jackson matched Delta State's largest lead at three with a jumper with 44 seconds to go in the half to make the 23-20.

At the first half conclude, Delta State’s Rhandi Ball took the last second shot and drew the foul. She went 2-of-2 at the free throw line to help DSU take a 25-21 lead at halftime.

Delta State opened the second half with a 6-0 run to take the 31-21 lead over the Lady Rams with under 16 minutes left.

Walton added to the run with a jumper at the 15:02 mark before ASU cut the lead to 35-27 with 11:36 to go in the contest.

Albany State continued its run gained a 42-40 with 4:49 left in the game.

Trailing 43-41, Ball dished the ball out to Govan who drained a 10-footer to tie the game at 43-43 at the 4:06 mark.

After that, the shots did not fall for the Lady Statesmen.

A 3-pointer from Chelsey Rhodes with three seconds on the clock did not fall giving the possession and the win to Albany.

Rhodes led the offense for Delta State with 11 points. Ball added 10 points to join Rhodes in double figures.

On the day, DSU shot 32.1 percent from the field. Albany State took the advantage by scoring 18 points off of Delta State's 18 turnovers. Seven ties and three lead changes outlined the quarterfinal matchup