WASHINGTON – Bowie State University forward Pere Alexander posted a double-double, racking up a career-high 20 points to go with 11 rebounds, two assists and four steals as the Bulldogs cruised past the University of the District of Columbia, 71-46, at the UDC Sports Complex on Dec. 10.
Alexander did not shoot especially well, but constantly attacked the basket and put together a strong defensive effort to lead her team to their sixth consecutive win.
Most of Alexander’s points came from the free-throw line, where she shot 80 percent (12 of 15). The coaching staff relies on her to be a team leader, so she felt obligated to step up the intensity against UDC.
“It started in practice. The coaches asked for a lot out of me. I tried to bring that,” said Alexander, a five-foot-nine redshirt senior.
“She’s a big part of our team. We know that she can score. We actually depend on her for scoring, and today she just came out more aggressively,” Bowie Head Coach Shadae Swan said.
Swan said her squad has recently had struggles with remaining consistent for the duration of games. Against UDC, Swan said BSU did not show much of a lack of consistency which meant her team seems to be improving on past weaknesses.
Team defense was a factor in their victory, Swan said as the Lady Bulldogs approach their conference opener against Winston-Salem State on Dec. 16. The Lady Bulldogs defense only allowed 11 field goals for the entire game, holding UDC to 21.6 percent shooting.
“It’s big for us because, like I said, we played good defense today and coaches been preaching that. So that gave a little boost in our confidence,” Alexander said. “If we could play defense like that and hold teams almost 15 points under their average, then I honestly feel there’s nobody who can beat us.”
The Bulldogs (7-1) retained a double-digit lead for most of the evening. They opened the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run to put the game out of reach for the Firebirds, who fall to 3-6 with the loss.
Junior forward Kyaja Williams added eight points and 10 boards for Bowie. Guard Shawnkia McCallum and forward Dynaisha Christian scored 10 apiece and combined for six rebounds to help the Bulldogs extend their lead in the second half.
Coach John Nakpodia was not too pleased with his team following the defeat. The Firebirds committed 28 turnovers and lacked energy halfway through the fourth.
“I feel like we didn’t have any fight tonight. I feel like we came out with a lack of energy and it showed from beginning to the end,” Nakpodia said. “I think Bowie came out aggressive and they kind of scared us a little bit, and our girls were kind of rattled. I don’t think they really did anything amazing. I think when it came to an energy and effort standpoint, they just completely out hustled us.”
Guard Mia-Alexis Lloyd scored a team-high 18 points along with five rebounds and Maya Thomas recorded 13 points for UDC.
Bowie State’s conference opener against Winston-Salem State is scheduled for Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. at A.C. Jordan Arena, followed by the men’s game at 4 p.m.