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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Bluefield State Collars Bowie State Lady Bulldogs 90-68

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. - Bluefield State College exploded for 55 second half points and collard the Bowie State Lady Bulldogs 90-68 to close out the Sheetz Herb Sims Classic on Saturday afternoon. The loss snapped a three-game win streak and sets the Bowie State record at 5-4. 

Four Lady Bulldog players scored in double figures with juniors Ty-Nita Baker (Houston, Miss.) and Jourdan Stanhope (Columbus, Ohio) leading the way with 21 and 12 points respectively. Baker also dished out a personal season-best six assists. Seniors Jasmine McIntosh (Bowie, Md.) and Alisha Burley (Baltimore, Md.) added 11 and 10 points respectively in the setback. Bowie State senior Donia Naylor (Washington, D.C.) snatched a game-high 14 rebounds.

The Lady Bulldogs fell behind early in its final non-conference game of the season and trailed by a dozen (26-14) at the 10:12 mark of the opening half to the Lady Blues. Unfortunately for Bluefield State (8-5), Bowie State fought back and created the games first tie at 33-all following a Stanhope layup with 2:28 remaining in the first half. A jumper by Bowie State junior Sheldeen Joseph (Belair St. Vincent and the Grenadines) provided the visitors their first lead of the game at 35-33 with 1:56 remaining in the opening period.

A Shamika Wiggins layup with just 10 ticks left on the first half clock, sent Bluefield State and Bowie State into halftime tied at 35-all.

Bowie State kept the game close in the first three plus minutes of the second half. In fact, the Lady Bulldogs held a slim 45-44 lead following a layup by freshman Robin Heard (Waldorf, Md.) at the 16:21 mark.

However, this is when the wheels fell off for Bowie State’s Lady Bulldogs. A pair of free throws by Charity Harris shifted the advantage back over to the Lady Blues and Bluefield State never looked back after that, going on a 12-0 run. The Bluefield Stale ballooned to 20 points (67-47) by the 11:45 mark, courtesy of 12 free throws and five field goals.    

Four Lady Blues recorded double figures in points led by Harris with game-highs 22 points and seven assists. Wiggins added 17 points, while Tasia Nolan and Hope Smith chipped in 13 and 12 points respectively. Nolan was also responsible for a team-high 11 rebounds to go along with four assists.

The Lady Bulldogs will return to action in the New Year hosting the undefeated Lady Blue Bears of Livingstone College on Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. inside the Leonidas S. James Complex (A.C. Jordan Arena). This will be the first conference game of the season.

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