Hawks leash Bulldogs behind Patterson’s career day

Published 9:01 am Wednesday, January 4, 2023

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BOWIE, MD – The Chowan women’s basketball team ended 2022 with a strong performance behind career efforts from Aniah Patterson and Destiny Robinson as the Hawks soared to an 87-75 victory over former league foe, Bowie State, here Saturday afternoon.

Patterson scored a career-high 26 points on 8-of-12 shooting to lead the Hawks.

Robinson collected her fifth double-double (19 points and 13 rebounds) of the season on her way to claiming Chowan’s Division II career rebounding record. Robinson secured her 710th career rebound, breaking the record formerly held by Jordan Payne (709, 2014-17). Robinson added four assists and four blocks.

Demetria Bland added 12 points and five assists. Keibra Hopkins tallied five points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Trailing 22-19 at the end of the first quarter, Robinson scored the first six points of the frame with two from the stripe and a pair of layups to hand the lead to the Hawks, 25-24. Bland connected from deep to add to the run before Hopkins and Patterson each added a basket to increase Chowan’s lead at 32-28.

Bowie State rallied to even the score, 32-all, before Bland nailed a jumper. Hopkins added a layup along with another jumper by Bland to grab a 38-32 halftime lead.

The Hawks maintained that momentum to open the second half as Robinson scored four baskets along with free throws by Robinson and Patterson to push the advantage to 49-35. Patterson knocked down a triple before Bowie State ended a four minute stretch without a field goal.

Jayah King-Johnson collected a putback basket before Patterson scored a three-point play off a turnover. Patterson knocked down a triple to increase the advantage to 60-43. Bland tallied a pair from the stripe prior to a putback layup by Imani Hickman.

Hopkins added a free throw before a layup by Hickman pushed the lead to 67-51. Patterson picked up a pair from the stripe before the end of the stanza.

Bland knocked down a triple to start the fourth quarter to push the lead to 72-53. Bowie State countered with a 6-0 run before Patterson knocked down a jumper. Hickman added a layup before Jayah King-Johnson collected a layup following the record breaking rebound by Robinson.

After a quick run by the Bulldogs, King-Johnson ended the run with a layup. Tyaysia Sharpe picked up a pair from the charity stripe. Kashara Simpson picked up a free throw before Sharpe notched a layup.

Chowan (8-4 overall) will start the New Year on the road in a Conference Carolinas contest against North Greenville on Jan. 4 in Tigerville, SC. Tip-off is slated for 5 pm.