2016 was a year of growth for the Harris-Stowe State University Athletic Department. There were many stories from performances on the field, the classroom, sportsmanship, and dedication. The number 2 story of 2016 was from the hardwood as the Harris-Stowe Hornets Women's Basketball team defeated Lincoln University for the Show Me State Classic game.
Hornets Beat Lincoln University 68-64 in Show Me State Classic
Women's Basketball - Sat, Dec. 3, 2016
This afternoon the Harris-Stowe Women's Basketball team beat the Lincoln University Blue Tigers 68-64. The victory moves Hana Haden and her Hornets record to 5-4. With the loss the Blue Tigers fall to 1-5. Haden about her team's performance. "We knew Lincoln was a very talented team and I was happy with the way we executed our game plan by taking away their three point shooting. We had some scoring lulls in the second half and they made a nice run, but we dug in and got just enough stops to hold on. It was a great atmosphere to play in and I look forward to next year's classic."
Despite the game starting off with a delay the Hornets came out of the locker room ready to play. Maronda Evans put the Hornets on the board just 12 seconds into the game. Angela Randall contributed 5 of her 14 points in the quarter. It was again Evans who struck for the Hornets as she hit both free throws to end the first quarter as she was fouled driving to the basket as the clock expired and give the Hornets a 22-16 lead. In the second quarter Dynesha Powell took over the game with 9 of her game high 15 points. The Hornets extended their lead over the Blue Tigers to eleven with a 39-28 lead at halftime.
To start the second half the Blue Tigers inched their way back into the game as the Hornets had trouble finding any offensive rhythm. Lincoln cut Harris-Stowe's lead to just one and trailed the Hornets 48-47. Powell was able to help regain the momentum for the Hornets with a layup to extend the lead to three points. Alantis Sutton then come through with a big steal on the next Blue Tigers possession that led to an Angela Randall layup with a foul to complete a three point play. The Hornets led by four points to start the fourth quarter. Both teams' defenses stepped up to begin the quarter as the first points were scored three minutes in as Lincoln cut the lead to 53-51. Harris-Stowe was able to grind out a 10 point lead with just 80 seconds remaining in the game. The Hornets were able to hold off a late Blue Tigers rally to win 68-64.