The scoring duo of Alondrea Rush and Takisha Jordan helped the Delta State University Lady Statesmen start the second half of the basketball season on the right foot here Tuesday night at the Walter Sillers Coliseum.
Rush and Jordan combined for 47 points as they led the Lady Statesmen to a 67-60 win over the University of Alabama-Huntsville Lady Chargers in Gulf South Conference action. DSU improved to 5-6 with a 3-2 mark in the conference, while UAH fell to 8-4 with a 2-3 conference mark.
In the fourth quarter, DSU fell behind 53-51 with 6:08 left in the game. Rush and Jordan stepped their game up as they each scored eight points in the last six plus minutes to catapult the Lady Statesmen to their fifth win in their last seven games.
Rush finished the night with 25 points, five assists and four rebounds, while Jordan ended the evening with 22 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Lady Statesmen also turned the ball over just nine times and shot 44 percent (22-of-50) from the floor, while the Lady Chargers shot just 32 percent (16-of-50) from the floor.
“We’ve been playing better,” Delta State head coach Craig Roden said. “We dropped the first four and three of those we could have won. We’ve won five of the last seven since starting 0-4. We’re started to play better. We’re really getting to be a good defensive team. We’re not consistent yet, but we’re really close.
“Offensively, we had the fewest number of turnovers tonight. We had nine turnovers and 10 assists.”
Along with Rush and Jordan, Simone Jackson scored six points with five rebounds and a block, Erin Kate Richardson scored five points with three rebounds, Raven Johnson scored four points with four rebounds and Alexis Ross scored two points with three rebounds, two blocks and a steal.
DSU will be back in action on Thursday when the Lady Statesmen host North Alabama in another GSC contest at 5:30 p.m. North Alabama is a perfect 12-0 and currently leads the GSC in scoring offense (88.8 ppg.). DSU currently leads the conference in scoring defense by giving up just 54.1 points per game.