The Lady Statesmen defeated the Lady Bulldogs 57-51, while the Statesmen defeated the Bulldogs 75-64 in Gulf South Conference action. The Lady Statesmen improved to 13-1 with an 8-0 mark in the GSC, while the Statesmen improved to 14-2 with a 7-1 conference record.
In the women’s game, the Lady Statesmen had their hands full the entire day. Union scored the first five points of the game to take an early 5-0 lead in the first three minutes of the contest. Delta State fought hard to chip away at Union but it wasn’t easy. The Lady Statesmen hit just 8-of-25 shots from the floor in the first half for a shooting percentage of 32 percent. DSU’s defense made life tough for Union, and Seneca Walton scored 11 points in the half as the Lady Statesmen and the Lady Bulldogs were tied 18-18 going into the lockerroom at halftime.
Delta State started the second half with new life by scoring nine unanswered points to take a 27-18 lead with 17:36 left to play. Union was able to regain the lead with 8:03 left to play as Astrid Huttemann hit a lay-up to make the score 41-39, but that was the last time the Lady Bulldogs would lead. The Lady Statesmen’s defense held the Lady Bulldogs to just 10 points the rest of the way
Walton finished with a monster day as she went 11-of-15 from the floor with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Chelsey Rhodes aided the Lady Statesmen with 11 points and four assists, followed by Rhandi Ball with nine points and seven rebounds.
Huttemann led Union with 14 points, followed by LaTesa McLaughlin with 13 points. Union fell to 10-4 with a 5-3 mark in the GSC.
In the men’s game, the Statesmen and Bulldogs battled each other hard through the entire first half. Jack Madgen and Mike Washington scored eight points and seven respectively in the half as the Statesmen took a 29-25 halftime lead. The Statesmen opened the second half in impressive fashion by going on a 9-0 run to increase their lead to 38-27 with 15:42 left to play. DSU was able to get its lead up to as much as 17 points, which put Union in a tough spot. The Bulldogs battled back, but couldn’t get any closer than nine points the rest of the night.
Madgen led the Statesmen with 20 points, followed by Washington with 18 points and seven rebounds, Willie Readus with 15 points and nine rebounds, Cornell Knight with nine points, six rebounds and four assists and Devin Schmidt with eight points, 11 rebounds and six assists.
Corieon Pearson led the Bulldogs with 20 points and six assists, followed by Ashanti Day with 15 points and eight rebounds. Union fell to 8-6 with a 4-4 mark in the GSC.
DSU will return to action on Thursday when both travel to Valdosta, Ga. to play Valdosta in GSC action. The women’s game will be at 5 p.m., while the men will play at 7 p.m.