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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Lady Bulldogs Sweep Season Series at Top Elizabeth City State 60-54 on Senior Day

BOWIE, Md. – Bowie State got off to an extremely slow start but would not disappoint the seniors as the Lady Bulldogs rally to defeat Elizabeth City State 60-54 in the regular season finale. The win sets the Bowie State overall record at 11-13, 6-10 in the CIAA and 5-5 in the North heading into next week’s CIAA Tournament.

Junior Donia Naylor (Washington, D.C.) recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 14 points and a career-high 18 rebounds to lead the Lady Bulldogs. Juniors Denver Clyde (Glen Burnie, Md.) and Ashlie Castle (Brooklyn, N.Y.) added 14 and 11 points respectively while graduate student Brooke Miles (Upper Marlboro, Md.) contributed 10 points.

“Determination got us back in this game … This was a team win and we made stops when needed”, said a happy Bowie State head coach Renard Smith.

Elizabeth City State (7-18, 4-12 CIAA, 4-6 North) jumped out to a 10-0 lead before Bowie State scored their first field goal at the 11:36 mark. Bowie State closed the gap to 19-14 by the 6:09 mark on a 3-pointer by senior Brooke Miles (Upper Marlboro, Md.).

The Lady Vikings took a 27-20 advantage into halftime on 7-of-27 shooting from the field. Elizabeth City State made 10-of-11 from the charity stripe and 3-of-9 behind the arc.

Bowie State’s Lady Bulldogs shot an identical 7-of-27 from the floor, which included 3-of-14 behind the 3-point line and 3-of-6 at the free throw line.

The Lady Bulldogs stepped up their game in the second half, erasing the halftime deficit a little a time before a Naylor 3-point play tied the game at 37-all at the 12:03 mark of the second half. Naylor gave Bowie State their first lead of the game (42-39) on the Lady Bulldogs next trip down the floor on a triple from the corner.

Bowie State extended their lead to 49-39 with 5:56 remaining on another Naylor field goal. A Clyde 3-pointer gave the Lady Bulldogs their largest lead of the afternoon at 56-45 with 2:16 left to play.

Elizabeth City State didn’t quit, cutting the Bowie State lead down to 56-52 with 1:05 on the clock, but would get no closer.

Elizabeth City State’s DaShera Boone (Newport News, Va.) led all scorers with 17 points to go along with three assists, one block and one steal. Jadda Jeffries (Burlington, N.C.) and Tyche’s Mozie (Washington, D.C.) chipped in 10 points each for the Lady Vikings.

The Lady Bulldogs await the CIAA Tournament pairings which will be announced Sunday (2/23).

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