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Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Snowstorm Game: Delaware State vs Hampton 2: The Sequal

Who would have thought we will have another snow storm in the Hornets nest against the same team. Well it happen again yesterday during the Hornets game vs Hampton University.

Even though the state of Delaware was piled with another storm storm, the second in two months, it didn't stop Hornets fans from attending a rivalry game that lasted for a very long time.

On the ladies side the lady hornets fell into a early hole they couldn't get out off by making only five field goals of their 23 shots in the first half. The shots the lady hornets took were as cold as the snow and ice outside the gym.

Even though they improve their offense in the second half, the game was over from the start as the lady hornet lost to the lady pirates 62-43.

Its already been a tough season for the lady hornets who are playing with injuries, bad offense, and what's worse they even have a good starting five throughout the season. I hope the lady hornets get it together all month in February or else they finishing in last place in the MEAC Conference standings.
On the men's side it was very exciting to watch. Almost similar to January 2005 when the game went down to the wire.

This time the game didn't go to overtime as the Hornets escape Hampton with defense, offensive rebounds, and clutch free throws to secure the win.

DSU Die Hards, Hornet fans, some Hampton fans, the Approaching Storm Marching Band, and the cheerleaders were ready for this exciting contest.

During the first half, Hampton was make shots left and right and the Hornets were forced to play catch up as the Hornets were down 33-29 at halftime.

During halftime, it was a reunion of Hornets basketball players of the past as they honor for their help and support throughout the years. Also when Troy Roundtree was named the whole was in a standing ovation.

Everyone knows about Troy Roundtree's performance on and off the court plus being a MEAC Champion during his Hornets years from 2004-2007. ROundtree was being honored of his by his mentor and gave him a ball to help his inspiration as he begins his rehab very soon. Get well soon Troy.

In the second half, the Hornets cached up and the game went backed and forth as the crowd was alive and kicking as the Hornets make clutch shots when they needed the most including grabbing 20 offensive rebounds. But with two minutes left in the game both teams had chances to take the lead or expand. However it was the Hornets who wanted more than the Pirates.

Also Jay Threatt was everywhere making plays when it counted the most putting Rajon Rondo like numbers with six assists, five steals, four rebounds, and two points.

Marcus Neal was the hero of the game by hitting the game winning shot with 24 seconds left. With 15 seconds left the pirates had a chance to take the lead but they couldn't get the shot in the basket as Terron "big baby" Stowe grabbed the rebound and hit one of his two free throws with three seconds left.

Hampton had one last chance but Jay Threatt steals the ball as time runs out.

This time we didn't storm the court but we enjoy the win when it counted the most as DSU continued to try get up in the standings with Morgan State.

Also it was a emotional win for Troy Roundtree who stay to see the Hornets win the game against the same team he play with back in January 2005.

Hornets offense better get it together on Monday and better not take Howard likely because Howard is 5-3 in conference entering Monday.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Injury Bugs Continue to Haunt The Lady Hornets as the Struggles Continued

There is one word that describes the Lady Hornets basketball season this year: injuries.

Everytime you lose a key player, most of the games you will face the toughest struggle ever and that's what coach Ed Davis and the lady hornets are facing this season.

Saturday during the Lady Hornets 62-58 lost to Morgan State on the road, leading rebounder Brittany Washington injured her ankle during the second half and was out for the rest of the game. It was another big blow to the lady hornets squad who now has to step up even further in order to win games out the rest of the season.

In the MEAC Conference its never easy.

This isn't the first time Washington has a injury. Earlier in the season she had back trouble all December and had to miss six games during their non-conference schedule before returning January 9.

There were other lady hornets that were injured:
Selena Galloway had to deal with a broken nose and a ankle injury and miss several games before returning to play January 30 vs William & Mary.

Also on that same date, Ferderica "Dee" Holloman injured her leg but came back to play January 17 vs Florida A&M.

On October 31, senior forward Ashley Thompson injured her leg and hasn't come back this season since.

Its going a rough season for the lady hornets all season but I'm pretty sure the lady hornets know it. So as the lady hornet licking their wounds of injuries, I know for a fact the lady hornets will keep on fighting, finished strong, and win games to build momentum for the first round of the MEAC tournament in March.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Week That Was In Hornets Sports

Its that time Hornets fans for the week that was in Delaware State University Athletics. So without further or due lets take a trip down memory lane from January 11-16.

January 11
The Men's and Lady Hornets Basketball team secure their first conference wins thanks to some unsung heroes.

On the ladies side, Brittany Washington scored the game winning layup with six seconds left as the lady hornets defeat the South Carolina Lady Bulldogs 51-50. Washington had her third double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds in 23 minutes in her second game back from a back injury.

On the men's side, it wasn't the Marcus Neal, Frisco Sandige show. It was the Chad Wilson, Brandon Baylor show. Wilson and Baylor scored a combine 30 points as the hornets came back from a nine point halftime deficit to beat South Carolina State 67-58.

In a frustrating first half, the hornets offense couldn't get the shots to fall and their free throws were iced cold. So what does head coach Greg Jackson do in the second half? He switch the lineup by benching Marcus Neal (the hornets leading scorer) and Terron Stowe.

The second half was all hornets as they make their shots, hit their free throws, and grabbing offensive rebounds to seal the victory.
January 13
This date has a nest full of headlines.
-The men's and lady hornets indoor track and field team finished second in the New York at the New York City Relay. A great start to finished in the top 10.

-It was also a sad day for the Hornets Athletic Department as two more sports has
been dismissed from DSU. The hornets men's tennis team and lady hornets equestrian team are no longer with the Delaware State University program after the season is over due to low budget concerns and to be more competitive within its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). There were more reason behind the two sports that are being removed at the end of the season. Some say it was a good decision while others say it was bad decision.
-January 14-15
After the news was spread all around campus as the Lady Hornets Equestrian team took immediate action when they protest about the dismissal of the equestrian. After several meetings on campus the ruling from Athletic Director Derek Carter stands. So now the equestrian team next move could be in court. Stay tuned.
-January 16
The hornets men's and ladies basketball team begin a four game road trip. Their first stop was Bethune-Cookman College at Daytona Beach. On the ladies side the lady hornets rally but fell short 70-62. Selena Galloway had 19 points while Brittany Washington had 15 points for the lady hornets.

On the men's side, four hornets players scored in double figures as the red hot shooting Hornets defeated the Wildcats 77-60. For the Hornets they have won their third straight game and also winning their first road game of the season.
There you have it the week from January 11-January 16. Join me next time as I continue to keep Hornets fans up to date in The Week That Was In Hornets Sports.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Hornets Basketball Begin the New Decade By Ending Losing Streaks

On December 30th both the Delaware State men and lady hornets basketball team ended the decade with a loss. Lady Hornets lost to William & Mary and another Hornet player was injured. The hornet men lost a overtime game to Lehigh in a game where they had chances to sercue the victory.

Now we moved ahead to a new year, a new decade, and hopefully a fresh start for the Hornets.

On the ladies side the ladies finally ending their 12 game losing streak by defeating Winston-Salem 57-39. Eight different Lady Hornets score points as Selena Galloway lead the way with 14 points and Courtney Crokkett with 10 points. Plus guess who back from injury: Brittany Washington!!!

After missing six games due to injury, Washington returned on a high note fours points, three steals, and three rebounds in 17 minutes.

Plus it was the returned of the lady hornets "Detroit Piston" like defense as DSU forced 24 Lady Ram turnovers resulting in 28 points off of turnovers.

I hope the lady hornets continue to play they had because their first test will be South Carolina State Monday night.
On the men's side the deck was stacked againts the Hornet men because Frisco Sandige was sideline with a injury and the Hornets offense struggles to find their identity.

The Hornets trailed all game long until Alibaba Odd scored the game winning layup with 0.9 seconds as Delaware State wins a low scoring affiar 49-48 to break a six game losing streak. The Philly freshman scored his only bucket of the game when he drove baseline from inside the three point line as made the layup that sent 400 people inside Memorial Hall into a fenzy. It was also the only the lead of the game and it came at the right time.

Marcus Neal, the teams captian, step up big time by scoring 20 points including six three-pointers. Terron Stowe had a career high double-double 12 points and 10 rebounds.

The Hornets defense did a better job than that loss to Lehigh back on December 30. DSU forced 21 Ram turnovers resulting in 21 points off of turnovers.

Now the real test begin Monday as Delaware State looks to get payback form last year when they play South Carolina State at home.