Lady Eagles crush visiting MEAC foe Delaware State

Jan. 18, 2014 @ 07:21 PM

The N.C. Central Lady Eagles outclassed Delaware State 75-61 in McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium on Saturday.

NCCU shot 55.2 percent from the field and dueled harder on the boards by a 40-29 rebounding margin.

Tisha Dixon grabbed 17 of those rebounds and added seven points to what the Lady Eagles were doing.

“That’s the Tish we’re expecting to see. Those are big numbers. That’s what she’s capable of doing,” NCCU coach Vanessa Taylor said.

NCCU’s Khyra Conerly had a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) that included an exchange when she got deep into the lane and used a hard reverse spin to create space before dropping a layup through the rim. She wears No. 24 like Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and looked like him on that play.

“That’s my favorite move,” Conerly said. “Coach Taylor doesn’t really like for me to do it, so I try not to do it, but it was working.”

Taylor said her issues with Conerly and that spin move is that she sometimes forces it. Conerly was spinning the right way against Delaware State, Taylor said.

Tierra Hawkins wears No. 24 for Delaware State and led all scorers with 26 points.

NCCU redshirt senior Jessica Freeman was the top scorer for the Lady Eagles with 21 points, which included five 3-pointers.

After the game, Freeman was honored at halfcourt for having scored her 1000th career point, which she did during a Jan. 7 loss at Winthrop.

This is Freeman’s first season at NCCU. She transferred from UNC Wilmington.