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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Lady Bulldogs Down Elizabeth City State Lady Vikings 65-55

ELIZABETH CITY STATE, N.C. – The Bowie State women’s basketball team picked up a good CIAA division victory on Saturdayafternoon, defeating Elizabeth City State 65-55. With the win, the Lady Bulldogs improve their overall record to 8-11, 3-8 CIAA and 2-3 in the North.

Junior Ashley Castle (Brooklyn, N.Y.) paced Bowie State in scoring with a game-high 17 points. Junior Donia Naylor (Washington, D.C.) and graduate student Brooke Miles (Upper Marlboro, Md.) added 11 points each in the win. Miles was the leading rebounder for the Lady Bulldogs with nine.

The first half of play featured a half dozen ties and lead changes. Bowie State trailed Elizabeth City State 27-25 at intermission. Elizabeth City State’s largest first half lead was six (11-5) and Bowie State’s largest first half advantage was three (24-21).

Miles led the Lady Bulldogs with eight first half points and Naylor contributed seven, D.C.). As a team, Bowie State made just 9-of-31 first half field goals (29 percent) which included 4-of-13 beyond the 3-point line.

Jasmine Boyd was the top scorer for the Lady Vikings in the first half with 10 points. Elizabeth City State shot 40 percent from the field (10-of-25) in the first 20 minutes.

Bowie State opened the second half with an 8-0 run before ECSU’s Jadda Jefferies made one of two free throws to stop the run.

Jeffries knocked down her second 3-pointer of the afternoon with 13:03 remaining in the second half to pull the Lady Vikings within one at 37-36.

A layup by BSU junior Ashley Castle (Brooklyn, N.Y.) 41-36 gave the Lady Bulldogs a little breathing room and pushed the lead to 47-41 with 5:27 to play on a baseline jumper by junior Jasmine McIntosh (Bowie, Md).

The Lady Vikings were able to close the gap down to two (48-46), but a 6-0 run was all the momentum Bowie State would need to finish the game.

Four Lady Vikings’ players, Boyd, Jefferies, DaShera Boone and Chelsey Davis scored 11 points respectively. Davis grabbed a team-high nine rebounds and Boone pulled down seven.

Elizabeth City State (5-14, 2-8 CIAA, 2-2 North) had trouble shooting the ball in the second half, making only 8-of-31 (25.8 percent) compared to 15-of-25 (56 percent) for Bowie State.

The Lady Bulldogs will be idle until Saturday (2/8) when they host Lincoln at 1 pm in Bowie State’s A.C. Jordan Arena.

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