Belles remain tied for first in LSC with win over UTPB

Women’s basketball plays final home game

By Rosanna Aguilera
On March 1, 2019

Photo by Ian Saint: Essence Johnson, forward, goes for the layup. The Belles took an easy win over UTPB 95-52.

The Belles basketball team closed out Senior Day on Feb. 23 with a high-scoring victory 95-52 over UT Permian Basin. 
The top three scorers in the game were seniors Marquita Daniels, Maria Delgado and Dezirae Hampton. The trio alone, with a combined total of 65 points, outscored the UTPB Falcons, earning the Lone Star Conference victory.
Daniels led all scorers with 25 points on 10-16 shooting, going 3-7 from long range, adding seven assists, two steals and three rebounds.
Delgado scored her most points in an ASU uniform with 21 points on 7-15 shooting, 5-11 from the three-point range, along with eight rebounds, a steal and two assists.
Hampton finished in double figures with 19 points on 7-14 shooting with a pair of 3-pointers, making it a double-double with 10 rebounds. 
Junior Mikayla Blount had three points with six rebounds, being the other senior on the floor.
Junior Sidney Smith was also honored before the game, being the fifth Belles senior.
ASU went 13-33 from the three-point range and went 34-71 overall from the field while also adding a 14-16 effort at the foul line.
The Belles defense forced 17 turnovers and held UTPB to a 31 percent clip from the field and 5-24 from long range.
The Falcons took the lead three minutes in at 5-4 when Daniels started a 9-0 run that put them at the top for the rest of the game.
During the run, the seniors accounted for seven of the points with Hampton hitting a three and after a jump shot by Delgado, sophomore De’Anira Moore closed the run with a layup.
Junior Asia Davis and Hampton closed the opening quarter with a pair of baskets to give the Belles a 17-8 lead.
In the second quarter, ASU outscored Permian Basin 35-12. The Belles went on another 12-2 run followed with Daniels ending the run at 46-15.
Daniels then closed the half hitting back-to-back jumpers to go into halftime with the Belles up 52-20.
The Belles continued to increase their lead going into the final 10 minutes holding a 73-37 lead.
In the fourth quarter, the seniors took over with Delgado sinking a pair of 3-pointers and then Blount hit a shot to move the lead 85-39.
Delgado hit two free throws with three minutes left to play. ASU had their largest lead of the night at 90-42 before finishing up the game with a 95-52 victory.
ASU is still tied for first place in the LSC with West Texas A&M winning at Texas A&M Commerce to keep the teams tied at 15-3. 
Eastern New Mexico University entered the weekend at a three-way tie but lost two games to put them at third.
The Belles have two more regular-season games against Midwestern State University and Cameron University.


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