Bowie State Women's Basketball Advances to Championship Finals with 53-49 Victory over Virginia State

Charlotte, NC (March 2, 2018) – The scrappy No. 3 Northern Division seed Bowie State University Bulldogs dethroned the No. 2 Northern Division Virginia State University Trojans, 53-49 Friday afternoon in the Spectrum Center during the semi-finals of the 2018 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Women's Basketball Tournament. The Bulldogs are set to face the winner of the Lincoln University/Virginia Union University contest in the Championship game tomorrow, March 3 at 1 p.m. 

Chrisanna Green added the opening seven points knocking down two jumpers and a three-pointer within the first 3:27 to give the Trojans a quick 7-3 lead. Bowie State closed the gap with three-pointers off the fingertips of Kyah Proctor and Kiara Colston but VSU would go on a 6-2 run to close out the quarter, 13-8.

Although Virginia State outscored the Bulldogs (10-2) with points in the paint, (6-5) points off turnovers, and (3-0) in second chance points, BSU held the edge (2-0) in fast break points and (2-0) in bench points.

A back-and-forth struggle for either team to keep the momentum throughout the second quarter, a Talanya Hutton jumper with 8:07 remaining ignited a 12-7 run for Bowie State to give the game its first tie, 20-20 at the 5:07 mark.

The Trojans closed out the half adding nine points to take a 29-24 lead into the locker room. Virginia State led by as much as eight during the half where it outscored the Bulldogs (18-14) in points in the paint, (8-7) in points off turnovers, and (4-2) in bench points while Bowie State held the edge in fast break points (2-0) and (11-7) in bench points.

BSU was held to only 33.3 percent (10-of-30) shooting from the field, 33.3 percent (3-of-9) shooting from downtown, and 100 percent (1-of-1) shooting from the foul line. The Trojans shot 48 percent (12-of-25) from the floor, 28.6 percent (2-of-7) from behind the arc, and 50 percent (3-of-6) from the candy stripe. VSU's Chrisanna Green led all scorers at the half with 15 points while BSU's Kiara Colston tallied 10 points, respectively.     

Coming out of the half, the Trojans led by as much as eleven points at the 8:19 mark in the third quarter, but once again, the Bulldogs would keep their poise and end the quarter on a 14-9 run with VSU taking a two point lead (40-38) lead into the fourth.

Continuing with the momentum, Bowie State grabbed its first lead of the contest with 3:15 remaining in the contest, (47-46). The game saw its second tie at the 2:05 remaining (49-49) before BSU's Kiara Colston connected on the eventual game-winning three-pointer with .08 remaining, providing the 53-49 final.

The Bulldogs capped the contest shooting 32.2 percent (19-of-59) from the field, 43.8 percent (7-of-16) from downtown, and 88.9 percent (8-of-9) from the foul line. The Trojans closed the game out shooting 43.5 percent (20-of-46) from the floor, 23.5 percent (4-of-17) from behind the arc, and 55.6 percent (5-of-9) from the candy stripe.

Virginia State would claim the advantage (26-24) points in the paint, although outscored (23-10) points off turnovers, (6-5) second chance points, (4-0) fast break points, and (19-7) bench points for the game.

VSU's Chrisanna Green led the Trojans recording a double-double, 20 points (9-of-13) and 12 boards; while Kiara Colston carried the Bulldogs with 23 points off 9-of-15 shooting.