The Lady Wolves outrebounded the Lady Statesmen 37-27, but the Lady Statesmen were able to pull it together for a 57-46 win in Gulf South Conference. The win was DSU’s eighth in a row, putting them at 9-1 overall with a 4-0 mark in the conference. West Georgia fell to 2-8 with an 0-4 conference mark.
Early in the first half, West Georgia took a 13-7 lead with 10:22 left on the clock. Delta State founded its groove as the half progressed. Trailing 16-14 with less than five minutes left in the first half, the Lady Statesmen started making their shots and were able to go on a 23-4 run that enabled them to take at 37-20 lead with 14:23 left in the second half. West Georgia was able to cut into the lead but couldn’t get any closer than 11 points.
“Their record is deceiving,” Delta State head coach David Midlick said about West Georgia. “They run a Princeton offense but overall when you see those stats and us get outrebounded by ten, they just outhustled us. We just did not play well today. We didn’t compete real well for most of the game. Luckily, we made a few shot in the second half to give us a little bit of cushion. We’ve got to go back to work. I’m happy for a win and any conference win is good, but we’ve got to get a whole lot better.”
Seneca Walton had a tough night for DSU as she scored just nine points with six rebounds on 4-of-14 shooting. DSU, however, had other girls to big up the slack. Rhandi Ball went 7-of-10 from the floor and scored 14 points with eight rebounds to lead the Lady Statesmen, followed by Chelsey Rhodes with 13 points and four assists.
Another player that stepped up in a big, big way for the Lady Statesmen was senior guard Shanae Govan. Govan was 6-of-8 from the floor and finished the game with 12 points. The 12-point effort marked her second consecutive game with double figures in points. The 6-of-8 showing from the floor is her best shooting performance of the year.
“Shanae came in last year as a transfer,” Midlick said. “She had trouble shooting the basketball. Now when she puts that ball up from 15 feet, I have a good feeling it’s going in. She has really worked on her shot over the summer. She’s playing with confidence, and she makes a difference. She’s playing fantastic right now for us.”
Seandre Lee led the Lady Wolves with 19 points and six rebounds, followed by Angela Davis with nine points and eight rebounds.
DSU will return to the Walter Sillers Coliseum on Monday when the team hosts Shorter in a GSC contest with the tip-off set for 2 p.m.