The Post Game Show

Friday, February 04, 2005

Streaking Hornets

Now before you get worried, no one is running around the campus of Delaware State University stark naked. O.K., bad black hippie joke.

Anyway, the men and women playing basketball at DSU are on a roll right now, with the men winning six in a row and the women winning four straight, it looks like Richmond VA might turn into Hornet territory for a week.

The men beat Howard 69-60 in a game that wasn't as close as the score. Although the guys looked tired at several points during the game, Greg Jackson and none of his players would use that as an excuse, they know they have to keep playing and they will. The win tied them for first place with Coppin State, with a showdown with the Eagles looming following Saturday's game against Maryland-Eastern Shore. It's easy to look past a team that's lost 16 in a row like UMES, but I think the men know that they have to take it game by game, but the stage should be set for a battle for first place in the MEAC.

The women are intent on staying out of the MEAC play-in round, even though they continue to play some really unpretty basketball. Terrelle Waller is starting to get her legs back, hitting a driving lay-up with seven seconds left that proved to be the difference in a 49-47 win over HU. Terrelle is still getting the majority of her points from the free throw line, but it's better for her to just get on the board anyway possible until her shots start to fall.

Rocky Collier led the team with 14 points, and I still say she's the leading candidate for Women's Rookie Of The Year. Yes, Rachel Butler from Hampton is doing a fantastic job, but that was expected of her. Rocky was just to be a mere role player in the Lady Hornet's quest for the crown, but with Mandy done for the year and Terrelle sidelined for just about half the season, Rocky's play has just been a pleasant surprise, and arguably a Godsend for Ed Davis. Now if the post players (Smith, Fauntleroy, Nugent, etc.) can give some kind of offensive stability, this team will be there at the end fighting for the MEAC championship.


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