The Delta State University Lady Statesmen went 1-1 during their two-game Gulf South Conference basketball home stand here at the Lloyd Clark Court at the Walter Sillers Coliseum.
The Lady Statesmen, ranked 15th in the D2SIDA Poll, lost a tough to Union 62-59 Thursday but battled back on Saturday to defeat a very game Christian Brothers team 89-85 in overtime.
The Lady Statesmen pushed their overall record to 14-2 with a 7-2 mark in the GSC. Delta State and Montevallo are currently tied for third in the GSC. Lee is first with a 9-1 conference record, followed by Union at 8-2 in the GSC. Union is ranked 21st in the D2SIDA Poll. Christian Brothers had won three of its last four heading into Saturday.
Lady Statesmen head coach Craig Roden liked his team’s approach on offense against Christian Brothers.
“I thought we were very patient offensively,” Roden said. “I thought against Union, we shot the ball too quick. Tonight, we were patient and moved it. We got the ball inside the zone and out.”
Roden felt the team was more successful on defense against Union.
“I thought we did a really good job defensively against Union,” Roden said. “Tonight, not so much. They (Christian Brothers) are a good offensive team and when you’re playing a good offensive team you have to play your defense up a little.”
One player that stepped up Saturday was Nia Johnson. Johnson went 9-of-17 in the field which included a 4-of-10 performance from 3-point land to finish with 26 points. She also had three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Against Union, Johnson scored 17 points, but she was just 1-of-8 from 3-point land and only 5-of-22 from the floor overall.
“Nia made some shots tonight,” Roden said. “She was 9-of-17 tonight and 5-of-22 the other night. That’s a lot of difference.”
Quantesha Patterson led the Lady Statesmen against Union as she scored 26 points with 15 rebounds. Patterson and Johnson were the only players in double figures against Union.
Johnson’s 26 points against Christian Brothers led the Lady Statesmen, as she was one of four players to reach double figures. Patterson scored 19 points with 22 rebounds, two assists, a blocked shot and a steal to aid DSU, followed by Shaniyah Buford with 15 points and Zyaire Ewing with 12 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot.
DSU will be back in action Thursday when the team travels to Huntsville, Ala. to take on the University of Alabama-Huntsville in GSC action. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.