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Saturday, February 23, 2013

ELIZABETH CITY STATE TOO STRONG IN SECOND HALF AND TOP LADY BULLDOGS 65-51



ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - Sophomore Jasmine McIntosh (Bowie, Md.) recorded a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds and fellow sophomore Channell Mackey (Clinton, Md.) added a season/career-high 15 points, but Elizabeth City State was too strong down the stretch and defeated the Lady Bulldogs 65-51 in the regular season finale for both teams.

Bowie State (7-17, 4-12 CIAA, 3-7 North) kept in close in the first half of play in the regular season finale for both teams, leading briefly early 5-2.

A pair of free throws by Elizabeth City State’s Jasmine Whitehurst followed by a De’Rya Wylie layup put the Lady Vikings in front for the first time.

Sophomore Alisha Burley (Baltimore, Md.) shifted the lead back over to Bowie State at 7-6, only to see the Lady Vikings retake the lead on a layup by Stephanie Harper. Harper scored again on ECSU’s next possession to give the Lady Vikings a three point lead at the 10:12 mark.

Lay-ups by Mackey and Burley created the games only tie at 13 with 8:08 remaining in the first half.

From that point, Elizabeth City State maintained a small advantage and went in the halftime with a slim 25-21 lead. The Lady Vikings shot 37 percent from the floor in the first period, making 9-of-24 and 6-of-11 (55 percent) from the charity stripe.

Bowie State matched ECSU’s first half field goals made total (on 25 attempts) but managed just 2-of-4 at the free throw line.

Elizabeth City State (23-3, 15-1 CIAA, 10-0 North) began the second half with a 7-0 run with Whitehurst and Harper doing most of the damage.

Field goals by BSU’s McIntosh and Mackey trimmed the Lady Bulldogs deficit to nine twice, but the visitors would get no closer.

Harper torched the nets for a game-high 25 points to go along with a team-high nine rebounds to pace Elizabeth City State. Wylie also contributed double figure scoring for the Lady Vikings, chipping in 10 points.

The Lady Bulldogs will now await Sunday’s CIAA Tournament seeding/opponent announcement.  Bowie State will be part of Tuesday’s (2/26) opening day action in the Charlotte Bobcats Time Warner Cable Arena.

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