Greene County News
SALEM, W. Va. — A balanced Central State offense powered the Marauders to their seventh straight women’s college basketball victory with a 89-33 win over Salem International on Thursday night.
CSU held Salem International to three points in the opening 10 minutes and took a 14-3 lead at the end of the first quarter. The offense began asserting its dominance in the second period by scoring 13 points off SIU turnovers and pouring in 25 total points to take a 39-12 lead at the intermission.
The Marauders played even better in the third quarter, scoring 27 points. Tamara Sellers hit a jumper with 39 seconds left in the period to give CSU a 50-point lead. Entering the fourth quarter with full control of the game, CSU Head Coach Sheba Harris played the majority of the fourth quarter with her reserves. Forward Hillary Dietahin took full advantage of her opportunity to play, scoring 11 points in the final quarter as her team cruised to a 56-point victory.
The win was the largest margin of victory for Central State this season and the most points scored all season.
The Marauders dominated in nearly every aspect of the game. CSU outscored SIU in the paint, 58-10. The Marauder reserves outscored the Tiger bench, 48-10. CSU was also efficient from the field, converting 50 percent compared to a 25-percent performance from SIU.
Every CSU player scored in the victory. Dietahin end up as CSU’s leading scorer with 13 points. Jasmin Dancy recorded 12 points, with eight rebounds and three steals. Tamara Sellers chipped in with 11 points and Mustafa Notter finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. With the win, the Marauders improve to 9-5 overall.
Salem International’s Jiahna Flood-Francis led all scorers with 14 points. The loss drops the Tigers to 2-17 on the season.
Central State resumes conference play at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 when they host Miles College.
Story provided by Central State University Sports Information Director Nick Novy.