Dillard leads early but fall to top-seed Philander Smith in GCAC women’s semifinals

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Little Rock, Arkansas – The Dillard women’s basketball team (10-16) led for the first three quarters of the game, but saw the top seed, host school Philander Smith (24-5), rally in the fourth for a 63-51 victory on Saturday at Mims Gymnasium in the 2022 GCAC Basketball Tournament.

The loss ended the season for DU.

Diniaa McZeal (JR/Gonzales, La.) led the team with her 14 points. Ayani Cockrell (JR/Terry, Mississippi) totaled seven points and six rebounds. Jordyn Rowe (FR/Kansas City, Kansas) picked up seven points and two steals. Sydni John – Baptiste had six points and four rebounds. Tia Perry (SO/Monroe, La.) had five points, four assists and two steals. Rayah Haynes (SR/Baton Rouge, La.) had two points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal. Cassidy Lowe (FR/Boca Raton, Fla.) had two points and five rebounds. Ajayah Simpson (SO/Lafayette, La.) totaled four points. Alexis Gie (FR/Garland, Texas) had two points, three rebounds and a steal.

Philander Smith was led by 15 points from Rakia Lane. Lane also had six rebounds and four steals. Dasia Turner had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds plus four steals. De’Vena Smith had 13 points. Larena Walker had a game-high five assists.

For the game, Dillard shot 16-for-48 from the field (33.3 percent), 5-for-15 from three-point range (33.3 percent), 14-for-20 from the line (70 percent). The program also had 42 rebounds, 11 assists, 11 steals and three blocks.

The Lady Panthers were 19-for-67 from the field (28.4 percent), 3-for-18 from three-point range (16.7 percent) and 22-for-39 from the line (56.5 percent). PSC also had 48 rebounds, 16 assists, 14 steals and a block.

Dillard took control of the game in the first quarter with a 19-15 lead and continued to lead at the break with a 33-27 lead. In the third quarter the tide began to turn as PSC outscored Dillard 12-9. The Lady Panthers took the lead for good in the fourth where they outscored 24-9 on their way to the 63-51 victory.

This was the final collegiate game in the careers of seniors Rayah Haynes, JaQuanna Hunter (SR/Vacherie, Louisiana) and Sharan Turner (SR/Gonzales, La.).

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