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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Second Half Burst Makes Difference in Bowie State’s 64-50 Win against Queens

BOWIE, Md. – Bowie State used a 16-0 run to start the second half to propel the Lady Bulldogs to 64-50 non-conference win over Queens (N.Y.) College inSaturday afternoon. Juniors Ashley Castle (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Denver Clyde (Glen Burnie, Md.) tied for team-high scoring honors with 13 points each to lead the Lady Bulldogs.

The Bowie State bench outscored the Queens’ bench 41-13 and forced the Knights into 28 turnovers. The Lady Bulldogs made 21-of-60 field goals (35.0 percent) compared to 15-of-53 (28.3 percent) for the Knight.

Queens (5-3) out-rebounded Bowie State 48-34 with the Knights’ Madison Rowland grabbing a game-high 13 to go along with eight points, three steals and two assists.

It looked good early on for Queens, as they broke a 4-4 tie when Kasheema Besley got a steal and found Marie Byrnes for a three-pointer at the 14:37 mark.  Five minutes later, Besley hooked up with MacKenzie Rowland for two of her game-high 18 points to keep the Knights up by four.  The two teams went into the half tied at 31-all.

The second half opened with a 16-0 Lady Bulldogs run over the first 6:57 and the Knights never recovered.  Queens got as close as eight points, at 50-42, when Besley made a layup with 8:31 remaining, but Bowie State went on a 6-0 run to stretch the lead back up to double digits for the duration of the game.

Graduate student Uchechi Ahaiwe (Riverdale, Md.) played her best game of the year contributing six points, added personal season-highs of seven rebounds and three steals and tied her BSU career-high of two blocks. Ahaiwe’s seven rebounds tied for team-high honors with fellow graduate student Brooke Miles (Upper Marlboro, Md.).

The Lady Bulldogs close out the non-conference portion of their schedule on Wednesday (December 11th) hosting Washington Adventist University at 5 pmas part of a doubleheader with the men’s basketball team.

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