DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Three South Carolina State players reached double digits, but the Lady Bulldogs were unable to overcome the long-range hot shooting of Bethune-Cookman in dropping a 68-50 decision to the host Wednesday night.
The contest was the first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference action for both squads.
Kemoni Jenkins led the S.C. State effort with 14 points and eight rebounds. Kyesha Lewis added 13 points and Byreasha Blair had 10 in the loss, the third in a row for Coach Doug Robertson’s team, which fell to 5-8 on the season.
Bethune-Cookman used the hot shooting of Emily Williams and Angel Golden to grab a 27-9 lead with 2:37 left in the opening period. Seven of the Lady Wildcats’ first eight field goals came from behind the arc.
Williams, who was 8-10 from the field, made 7-9 three-point baskets on her way to a game-high 25 points, while Golden was 7-11 from the field and 5-8 from long range for 19 points. Ashant Hunt was also in double figures for the Lady Wildcats, who climbed to 9-4 and 1-1 in the MEAC.
“We ran into a very hot-shooting team,” Robertson said. “No team that we’ve faced this year shot the ball as well as Bethune-Cookman from behind the three-point line. We contributed to their hot hand, however, by not getting out on their shooters. We have to regroup and get ready for Delaware State on Saturday.”
The host led 27-14 after one before S.C. State closed to with 40-28 at the half. But an 18-7 quarter by BCU gave Coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis’ team a 58-35 after three quarters. The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Wildcats 15-10 in the final stanza.
Robertson’s team connected on just 32.2 (19-59) percent of its attempts from the field and was just 3-12 from long range. The host shot a blistering 54.2 (13-24) from three-point range and was 26-58 (44.8) overall.
The rebounds were 39-36 in favor of the host, however, S.C. State was 9-12 from the charity stripe to 3-10 from BCU.