|#22 NaJai Pollard|
High School:Highland Springs H.S.
Pollard led all players with 27 points and 13 rebounds to propel the Lady Hornets to their first win of the season, 61-49, over Wagner at the Spiro Sports Center this afternoon.
The reigning MEAC Rookie-of-the-Year and Preseason All-MEAC First Team selection was 13-for-17 from the field and three-of-five at the free throw line today. She also had a personal-best five blocks.
Pollard scored a career-high 38 points vs. Lehigh in DSU’s previous outing on Nov. 16.
In the last two games, Pollard has scored 65 points on 26-for-33 shooting from the floor (78.8%), and pulled down 25 rebounds.
She opened the season with a 29-point performance vs. Detroit Mercy on Nov. 11.
Today’s numbers raised Pollard’s season averages to 24.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. She is shooting a blistering 61.9% from the field (39-for-63) this season.
Pollard has reached double-figures in points and rebounds in three of the Lady Hornets’ four games this season, and has 11 “double-doubles” in 33 collegiate games. She led the MEAC in scoring entering Sunday’s contest.
DSU trailed 14-11 after the first quarter of today’s contest, but outscored Wagner 18-11 in the second to hold a 29-25 lead at the break. Pollard had 17 points in the opening half.
The Lady Hornets scored the first eight points of the second half and opened up a 37-25 lead on a lay-up by Pollard with 7:58 left in the third quarter.
Aaliyah Davis hit a jumper in the closing minute of the third quarter to give Delaware State 51-41 lead entering the final stanza.
The Lady Hornets used a solid defensive effort to keep Wagner at bay in the fourth quarter. The Seahawks hit just three-of-13 fourth quarter shots (23.1%) , including misses on each of four three-point attempts.
Davis and Ivana Negro added eight points each for DSU.
Freshman Gennell Addison came off the bench to score six points and grab 11 rebounds, each a season-high, for the Lady Hornets.
DSU outrebounded Wagner 51-38 in the contest.
Tanasia Russell was high scorer for the Seahawks with 16 points, while teammate Julia McClure added 10. Wagner fell to 1-3 this season.
The Lady Hornets (1-3) remain in New York for their next contest on Tuesday at Hofstra. Game time is 7 p.m.
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