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Daniel Lauletta, Coordinator of Sports Info
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Women’s Basketball Falls 86-73 in Exhibition at NCAA Division I Delaware State

WBB: Delaware State 86 - Wilmington 73 (Exhibition)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - Dover, DE

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Sophomore Patricia Miranda scored 17 points, hitting 3-of-4 from three-point territory at Delaware State. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University, all rights reserved. File photo by Mark Tetreault.

Sophomore Tenicia Spence scores a team high 26 points, 22 in the second half, at Delaware State. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University, all rights reserved. File photo by Mark Tetreault.

Despite winning the second half, 46-44, the Wilmington University women’s basketball team fall to NCAA Division I in-state foe Delaware State, 86-73, in an exhibition game for the Wildcats on Wednesday night in Memorial Hall.

NCAA rules allow a Division II program take on a Division I team in the middle of the season as an exhibition, despite the game counting as a regular game for the Hornets (1-2). The exhibition contest does not factor into the Wildcats’ record or individual stats on the season.

Sophomore Tenicia Spence led the Wildcats with 26 points, continuing her early season success by scoring 20 or more points in all three of the teams’ games. She went 8-of-15 from the floor, but did major damage at the foul line, converting all 10 of her attempts in the contest.

Classmate Patricia Miranda was the only other Wildcat to score in double figures, tallying 17 on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor, including a 3-of-4 performance from three-point range. Miranda hit all three of the Wildcats’ three-pointers, as the team went 3-of-10 from downtown for the game.

The Hornets’ were led by Tierra Hawkins who tallied the double-double with game highs of 30 points and 15 rebounds, seven of which came on the offensive glass. Hawkins shot 13-of-20 from the floor as well. Raven Bankston scored 17 while Raine Bankston added 14 points, shooting 3-of-7 from three-point land. Deanna Harmon rounded out the Hornets in double figures, scoring 10 points.

Delaware State led by 15 at the halftime break, 42-27, and extended the lead to as many as 20 points with 10:45 left in regulation. The Wildcats made a run but could only cut the deficit to as few as 11 points at 75-64 with 4:42 to play, but couldn’t get over the hump and get within single digits.

Spence scored 22 of her points in the second half, going 7-of-14 from the floor with 8-of-8 from the foul line. The Wildcats shot 45.2 percent in the second half to outscore the Hornets, 46-44, but it wasn’t enough for the visitors.

Wilmington gets back to counted regular season action on Saturday, as the Wildcats make the short trip to Lincoln University to battle the Lions in the first game of a men’s and women’s doubleheader. The women’s opening tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. followed by the men at 4 p.m.