On Friday night the College of Charleston faced a tough conference opponent in Delaware. Their meeting was the first of the season and it was a tough one for the Cougars.
Going into the game, the Cougars were looking to get into the win column. Meanwhile, Delaware was able to capture a road win, extending their win streak to three games.
In the first period, Delaware jumped out to a 14-10 lead after going on a 6-0 lead. Delaware had the lead at the end of the first period in part to a scoring drought by Charleston where they failed to score for 3:01.
Rebounding also played a key role as the Cougars were out-rebounded 18-7.
Unfortunately for the Cougars, the second period was more of the same. After a Charleston timeout, Delaware was able to get out to a 24-14 lead, while the Cougars had another scoring drought that this time lasted 3:34. During that period, Charleston shot 0 for 7 from the field.
Delaware was shooting much better than the Cougars, in addition to being consistent enough to avoid long scoring droughts like the Cougars.
At the half, Delaware was up 33-23 on the Cougars, but it felt that Delaware was up by a lot more than 10 points. The key to Charleston’s demise at the half was the continued shooting droughts – as well as being out rebounded 31-17.
In the third period, the Cougars came out with an aggressive attitude and quickly cut Delaware’s lead. After a media timeout, the game was 38-31 in Delaware’s favor, but Charleston clearly had momentum. All of a sudden Delaware could not score, going 4:02 without a basket.
At the end of the third period the Cougars had clawed their way back into the game to tie it up 42-42. Charleston was able to get back into the game with rebounding and field goal percentage.
The fourth period started out quickly but Delaware soon started to pull away. With a 51-44 lead and 2:12 remaining, the Cougars were held scoreless for 5:03.
Even though Delaware won 63-47, there were some bright spots. Bre Bolden contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds for her second consecutive double double.
The Cougars were out rebounded 52-38 in addition to having a lower shooting percentage. Delaware shot 34% while the Cougars were only able to make 27%.
When asked how the game went, Coach Jackson did not hold back when she said, “we worked to hard to tie the game and when we did that, we did not let our momentum carry into the fourth quarter.” Coach Jackson and her team are doing the best to improve each day and will continue to get better.
The Cougars’ next home game is Sun. Jan. 24 (2 p.m.) against James Madison.