The Delta State University Lady Statesmen ended the regular season on a positive note with a 67-53 win over the Mississippi College Lady Choctaws here Thursday night in Gulf South Conference basketball action at the Lloyd Clark Court at the Walter Sillers Coliseum.
The Lady Statesmen (12-14, 10-10 GSC) have won six of their last nine games and will be heading into the GSC Tournament as an eighth seed. They will play Union in Jackson, Tenn. on Tuesday in the first round of the tournament. The Lady Choctaws concluded their season at 9-17 with a 5-15 mark in GSC play.
DSU had to play without Erin Kate Richardson, who suffered a stress fracture in her leg.
DSU shot 37.5 percent from the floor (24-of-64), while MC shot 42.6 percent (20-of-47). DSU had 10 assists to 14 turnovers, while MC had 17 assists to 22 turnovers.
The Lady Statesmen led 29-23 at halftime. DSU continued to widen the gap in the second half.
Delta State got a key performance from freshman center Raven Johnson who contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points with 16 rebounds in 30 minutes of play. Nine of those 16 rebounds were offensive rebounds.
“She got those offensive rebounds right at the end of the first half, and she came back in the second half and got a couple of offensive rebounds and stuck them back in,” Lady Statesmen head basketball coach Craig Roden said.
Senior Takisha Jordan had a monster game for DSU as she scored 29 points with four rebounds, four assists and three steals.
“They were trying to press us and that led to some of her baskets,” Roden said. “Then, she got a couple of steals and she scored in a variety of ways tonight. She hit a three, she got a couple of steals and layups, she got some transition points, she broke their press and scored and she got some stuff at half court. When you’re scoring in a variety of ways, you’re having a good night.”
Junior Alondrea Rush aided DSU with nine points, three rebounds, three assists and just one turnover in 38 minutes, followed by sophomore Aliyah Herod and junior Maddy Sheraka with five points and three rebounds each and senior Alexis Ross with two points but six rebounds and a steal.
Emery Wilson anchored MC with 16 points and seven rebounds, followed by Lauran Sheriff with 12 points, four rebounds, two blocks and a steal and Zan Ratcliffe with 10 points, three assists and two rebounds.
After the game, DSU honored Jordan and Ross on senior nig