WILBERFORCE, Ohio – In a rematch of last year’s SIAC Championship, the Central State Lady Marauders beat the Benedict Tigers, 80-70, on Monday.
With the victory, CSU improves to 11-3 overall with a SIAC leading 6-1 record. Benedict falls to 3-14 overall with a 3-4 mark in conference play.
Freshman Brooke Spaulding scored seven of CSU’s first ten points and CSU took a 19-10 lead after the first ten minutes of play. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter as the Lady Marauders remained ahead by nine, 44-35, at halftime.
By the 6:13 mark of the third quarter, the Tigers sliced the CSU lead down to four but a three-pointer from Sierra Harley sparked a 7-2 Lady Marauder run and CSU maintained a nine-point advantage heading into the final period.
Chavon Banks opened the fourth quarter with a make from beyond the arc to give CSU a double-digit lead. From that point on, the Lady Marauders maintained a healthy distance from the Tigers en route to the New Year’s Day victory.
CSU forced BC into 32 giveaways and held a 33-5 edge in points scored off turnovers.
Spaulding led all scorers with a season-high 22 points. Harley came off the bench to contribute 14 points and 4 assists. Jaeda Davis chipped in with 13 points while Banks scored 12 points. Falon Edwards led CSU with 10 rebounds to go along with 8 points and 4 assists.
Ayanna Armstead led Benedict with 18 points.
CSU continues conference play on the road against Paine College on Thursday at 5:30 pm.
Quotes – Coach LaTonya McDole
“Our ladies did a good job of coming out and playing hard tonight. We did a good job of adjusting throughout the game and played with intensity on defense.”
“We take pride on the defensive end and our ladies did a great job of being active and creating deflections.”
The Lady Marauders were without leading scorer Takyra Gilbert due to injury.
Sierra Harley recorded her 200th assist in a Central State uniform on Monday.
CSU leads the SIAC in scoring (80.5 ppg), assists (16.6 apg), offensive rebounding (17.9 orpg) and steals (14.8 spg).
CSU lost to BC in last year’s SIAC Championship, 77-72.
Date: Thursday, January 4th
Tip-Off: 5:30 pm
Location: Heal Complex – Augusta, Georgia
Live Stats – http://www.sidearmstats.com/paine/wbball/