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MEC Men’s & Women’s Preseason Polls

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Women’s Basketball: Glenville State Tabbed As Preseason Favorite

Glenville State has been picked to win a third-straight Mountain East Conference title in women’s basketball in a vote conducted by the league’s coaches. The poll had five different teams receive first-place votes.

The Pioneers finished atop the poll with 110 points and six first-place votes. Glenville State, led by third-year head coach Kim Stephens, went 31-2 and became the first basketball program to go 22-0 in the MEC a season ago. The Pioneers lose two-time MEC Player of the Year Paris McLeod, but does return five players including Emily Stoller (10.1 ppg), Courtney Davis (9.0 ppg, 8.3 rbg) and Abby Stoller (4.9 ppg, 5.0 rbg).

Notre Dame was narrowly picked to finish second with 109 points and had one first-place vote. NDC returns a pair of all-conference honorees in their backcourt with first-team selection Seina Adachi (16.1 ppg) and second-team honoree Marisa Finazzo (11.3 ppg, 3.9 apg). Fairmont State, who also returns a strong backcourt in last year’s Freshman of the Year Sierra Kotchman (18.4 ppg) and Brooke Kurucz (14.0 ppg), was picked third with 98 points and three-first place votes.

All-American Marissa Brown and her 24 points and 11 rebounds will lead a West Liberty team that was picked to finish fourth in the poll with 92 points (one first-place vote). West Virginia State, picked to finish fifth with 79 points, welcomes back three starters from a team that went 13-9 in league play. Charleston, with

first-year head coach Becky Burke and four starters back, is picked sixth with 72 points, including one first-place vote.


Concord and its formidable frontcourt duo of Riley Fitzwater (13.9 ppg) and Madison May (11.8 rbg) was picked seventh with 62 points. Urbana was slotted eighth (48), followed by Wheeling Jesuit (43), Shepherd (40), West Virginia Wesleyan (20) and UVa-Wise (19).

The poll was released on Friday at the Mountain East Conference Media Day at The Courtyard by Marriott in Bridgeport, WV.


Men’s Basketball: West Liberty Selected As Preseason Favorite

West Liberty is the preseason favorite to win the 2019 Mountain East Conference men’s basketball championship after a vote conducted by the league’s coaches.

The Hilltoppers, the preseason No. 1 team in the country according to Street & Smith’s, had 116 points and six first-place votes, just narrowly ahead of Fairmont State with 114 points and five first-place votes. Charleston was in third in the poll with 102 points and had the remaining first place vote.

WLU is coming off a 26-4 record and MEC regular season championship a year ago. Ben Howlett begins his second season at the helm of the program. The Hilltoppers will be led by sophomore Dalton Bolon, a preseason All-America selection. Bolon averaged 16.7 points per game last season and hit 93 three-pointers last season. Fairmont State returns a pair of All-MEC honorees in Jason Jolly (15.4 ppg, 4.0 apg) and Vonte Montgomery (11.8 pts, 4.6 rbg). Lamont McManus helped get UC to the MEC Tournament final last season and is back to help lead the Golden Eagles.

Notre Dame was slotted fourth in the poll with 84 points, followed by Concord (75). The Falcons get a boost with the return Will Vorhees, who led the league in scoring with 26.8 points per game as a junior before missing last season with an injury. Concord’s Tommy Bolte took over the scoring title last year in the MEC and in all of NCAA Division II scoring after pouring in 31.8 points per game.

West Virginia State, led by first team All-MEC selection Pat Johnson-Agwu, is picked sixth with 72 points. Shepherd was seventh in the poll with 62 points, followed by Glenville State (47) and Wheeling Jesuit (43). The Pioneers and Cardinals will be led by first-year head coaches Justin Caldwell and John Peckinpaugh, respectively. West Virginia Wesleyan (30), UVa-Wise (26) and Urbana (21) rounded out the poll.

The poll was released on Friday at the Mountain East Conference Media Day at The Courtyard by Marriott in Bridgeport, WV.

LeBron Speaks on Nike Kaepernick Campaign

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Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said on Tuesday that he “stands with Nike,“ a clear reference to the company’s Colin Kaepernick ad campaign. The basketball superstar—and new Los Angeles Laker—made the remarks as he received an award Tuesday for both his style and his philanthropy from Harlem’s Fashion Row, the AP reports. The fashion collective partnered with Nike for the New York event, both a fashion show and an awards ceremony that focused on diversity and inclusivity in the fashion world. The evening culminated in the reveal of the latest LeBron James Nike basketball shoe: a women’s sneaker designed by three female African-American designers.

In emotional remarks, James paid tribute to the three women in his life—his mother, wife, and 3-year-old daughter, Zhuri. He noted how his mother had raised him alone and given him “a sense of pride, a sense of strength, a sense of no worry.“ He called his daughter “my rock.“ “People always told me if you ever have a girl, she’ll change you,“ James said. “I was like, nobody’s changing me, I’m a man.“ But she did, he said. Closing his remarks, he said he stood “for anybody who believes in change.“ He added: “I stand with Nike, all day, every day.“

NBA to Partner With MGM for Betting

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All bets are on. The NBA and WNBA have become the first American sports leagues to partner with a gaming operator after a May Supreme Court ruling that overturned a federal sports wagering ban.

Industry insiders said the three-year deal with MGM Resorts was worth at least $25 million.

The Las Vegas-based casino operator will get rights to use highlights and logos as well as a data feed from the NBA to facilitate betting in states that allow it.

Further gaming partnerships with the league and individual teams are expected.

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GSC Softball Splits Double-Header on Senior Day with WV State

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The GSC Lady Pioneer softball team split a double-header on Senior Day from the Sue Morris Sports Complex Saturday afternoon.

Glenville State took game one by a final of 3-2.

The Lady Pioneers tallied six hits while giving up four to the Yellow Jackets.

GSC took the early 1-0 lead in the first as Hannah Wright hit her fifth home run of the season. Later in the second the Lady Pioneers added to their lead this time as Cassidy Taylor went yard as they led 2-0.

West Virginia State added a run in the fourth inning off of two hits as they pulled within one, 2-1.

But GSC answered back in the bottom of the fourth when Cassidy Taylor hit singled to right field scoring pinch runner Makenna Nickell as they went up 3-2.

The Yellow Jackets added one run in the seventh as GSC held onto the 3-2 win.

Ally Brown picked up her 13th win on the mound as she went all seven innings allowing two runs on four hits and struck out six batters.

Cassidy Taylor went 2-for-2 with two RBI while Hannah Wright went 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Game two would belong to the Yellow Jackets as they defeated the Lady Pioneers 10-2 in six innings.

West Virginia State got off to a fast start as they scored three early runs in the first to take a 3-0 lead.

The Yellow Jackets added two more runs in the fourth off of two hits making it 5-0.

Glenville State got on the scoreboard in the fifth when Hannah Wright doubled to right center field scoring Catherine Pelfrey and Tori Ward as they pulled within three runs, 5-2.

However, the Yellow Jackets added five more runs in the sixth and then held GSC scoreless in the bottom of the inning as they picked up the 10-2 win over the Lady Pioneers.

Glenville State recorded seven hits and committed two costly errors while West Virginia State tallied 12 hits in the contest.

Senior Kahla Von Bergen pitched 3.1 innings allowing five runs on seven hits while striking out one batter.

Cassidy Taylor went 2-for-3 while Hannah Wright went 1-for-3 with the team’s lone RBI. Kim Ellis, Catherine Pelfrey, McKenzie Edmonds, and Hayley Olson all recoded a hit.

Glenville State (19-27, 7-19) will return to action tomorrow Sunday, April 22 when they host the University of Charleston in a double-header starting at 1:00 p.m.

Justin Caldwell Named New Head Men’s Basketball Coach

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Glenville State College’s Athletic Department is pleased to announce Justin Caldwell as new Head Men’s Basketball Coach. He becomes the 19th Head Coach for the Pioneer Program.

“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to rejoin the Glenville State College family as the men’s head basketball coach. As a proud alum, Glenville State College played a major role in my development as a coach and leader. We have always had overwhelming support from the community and surrounding communities. I am grateful to have the opportunity to assist student-athletes in their development both in the classroom and on the court,“ said Caldwell. “Special thank you to Dr. Tracy Pellett and AD Rusty Vineyard in providing me with the opportunity. I want to also thank Ike Morris, as well as my wife Lydia, for their continued support! Now, let’s get back in the gym and get this process rolling. Go Pioneers!“

Caldwell, who was a standout player for the Pioneers, spent three seasons as an assistant coach for Glenville State following a stint playing professionally in Luxembourg. He spent three seasons of his college career at West Virginia Wesleyan before transferring to Glenville State for his senior year.

“Although the search was incredibly competitive with over 120 applicants, Coach Caldwell stood out from the rest of the field in terms of his recruiting experience, teaching ability, plans to develop a winning team, and energy to succeed! I congratulate him on his selection and know that he and his teams will work hard to represent the highest standard of both athletic and academic achievement. I also want to thank our Vice President for Student Life and Athletics, Mr. Rusty Vineyard, and the search committee in recruiting, interviewing, and finding a head coach that gives Glenville State the best opportunity to build a winning tradition for Men’s basketball,“ said GSC President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

Caldwell has spent the last two seasons (2016-17 and 2017-18) at California University of Pennsylvania. During his two seasons, the Vulcans went 21-35.

In 2015, Caldwell helped Glenville State capture the Mountain East Conference (MEC) Tournament Championship, which marked the first league championship for the program in over 40 years. GSC entered the league tournament as the fifth seed before upsetting the top-seeded Hilltoppers of West Liberty, who were number four in the country, in the semifinals and defeating second-seeded Fairmont State in the finals. Glenville State then made a consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament before finishing the year with a 22-11 overall record.

He also coached five All-MEC selections while serving as assistant coach with the Pioneers. Forward Lamar Mallory was a consensus all-region honoree as a senior during the 2013-14 season after averaging 18.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while leading the league with a .681 field-goal percentage. The following year, guard Donte Morales was an All-MEC First-Team selection after ranking fifth in the conference in scoring at 18.3 points per game behind a .473 three-point field-goal percentage, which was second-best in the league and third in school history. Morales was also tabbed the MEC Tournament MVP in that sesaon.

Caldwell played for both West Virginia Wesleyan and Glenville State. He was an All-West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WVIAC) Second-Team selection during his junior and senior years after being named to the All-WVIAC Freshman Team during the 2007-08 campaign. Over his four years, he scored nearly 2,000 points and dished out over 250 assists while playing in 110 career games. He scored nearly 1,400 points in three seasons with the Bobcats and finished fourth in the WVIAC in scoring as a junior with 20.3 points per game. In his lone year with GSC, Caldwell ranked fifth in NCAA Division II with 23.7 points per game and finished third with a .914 free-throw percentage.

Following his collegiate career, Caldwell played for the BBC Bascharage Hedgehogs in Luxembourg for two seasons.

Caldwell coached various youth teams during the summer while in college and also overseas. After the conclusion of his playing career, he served as an assistant coach at Wyoming East High School in West Virginia for the 2012-13 season.

A native of West Virginia, Caldwell was a two-time, first-team all-state selection while starring at Wyoming East High School. He helped lead the Warriors to the Class AA state championship in his senior year 2007.

“We are thrilled to name Justin as our next coach. I never doubted for a moment that Glenville State would be able to attract a coach of his talent. He understands Glenville State College, student-athletes at this level, and collegiate basketball in the Mountain East Conference. I know our entire Glenville community will be delighted to welcome Justin and his family to Glenville State College,“ stated Vice President for Student Life and Athletics Rusty Vineyard.

Caldwell, an alumni of GSC, earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Glenville State in 2013.

GSC Softball Takes Two Games from Urban

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The Lady Pioneers picked up two wins Saturday afternoon over visiting Urbana University (3-25, 1-11).  Game one went to the Lady Pioneers by a final score of 2-1, as Ally Brown picked up her eighth win on the season.  Game two went to Glenville State by a final score of 7-3, as Tori Ward earned her fifth win on the season.
Scoring began in the top of the second inning as Urbana scored on an RBI single to right field. The score would remain 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning as Paranda Uber, Hannah Wright, and McKenzie Edmonds recorded three straight doubles.  Uber would go on to score on Wright’s double to tie it at one. GSC would take the lead, 2-1, as Tori Ward would hit an RBI single to right field to score Makenna Nickell from second base.
Brown would throw a one-run complete game allowing only seven hits.  GSC committed zero errors defensively.
Game two went to GSC by a final score of 7-3. Tori Ward would earn the win throwing 7 innings, giving up three runs, on seven hits.
Offensively, GSC put a four-spot on the board in the bottom of the first inning capped off with a two-run home run to center field by Tori Ward. Scoring would continue in the bottom of the fourth as Hayley Olson brought in Tori Ward and Hannah Wright on an RBI single to left field.
In the bottom of the fifth, Sierra Johnson laced a pinch hit double to left field. Catherine Pelfrey would re-enter the game and score on Ally Brown’s single to center field extending the GSC lead to 7-0. Urbana was able to put three runs on the board in the top of the seventh inning.
Glenville State improved their record to 13-15, 4-8 following the sweep over the Blue Knights. GSC is scheduled to return to action Monday, April 2 at 3:00 and 5:00 for a non-conference double header against Alderson Broaddus.

BACF Basketball Results

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Girls:  Ohio 101, West Virginia 91
Ohio 23 23 25 28 —101
WV 23 27 21 20 —91


OHIO

Charlie Endley (Cambridge) 1 0-0 3, Kate Liston (Warren) 2 5-9 9, Julia Griffith (Caldwell) 1 0-0 2, Taylar Wilson (Fairland) 1 0-0 2, Hannah Duff (Waterford) 0 0-0 0, Petyon Bowe (Warren) 0 0-0 0, Camy Wiggins (Meadowbrook)  1 0-2 3, Kylie Daugherty (Frontier) 3 0-0 7, Megan Ball (Waterford) 4 2-4 10, Ali Kearn (Waterford) 7 2-3 18, Hayley Duff (Waterford) 3 0-0 8, Emily Jackson (Warren) 8 2-3 19, Emily Chapman (Fairland) 6 4-4 20.  Totals 37 15-25 101.

3-Point Field Goals: Chapman 4, Duff 2, Kern 2, Daugherty 1, Endley 1, Jackson 1, Wiggins 1.


West Virginia

Jaden McDaniels (St. Albans) 6 8-10 20, Hanna McClung (Buckhannon-Upshur) 5 0-0 11, Bayley Wellings (Gilmer Co) 1 0-0 2, Lauren Bennett (Buckhannon-Upshur) 3 0-1 6, Cassie Tallman (Ritchie Co) 1 1-2 4, Amanda Reynolds (Tyler Consolidated) 3 2-2 9, Devin Hefner (Parkersburg South) 3 0-0 7, Lucille Westfall (Roane Co) 4 0-1 8, Bethany Wager (Williamstown) 4 5-6 14, Allyssa Wilson (Parkersburg South) 0 2-2 2, Allie Taylor (Parkersburg South) 1 2-4 4, Ali Westenhaver (Ravenswood) 2 0-0 4.  3-Point Field Goals: Hefner 1, McClung 1, Reynolds 1, Tallman 1, Wager 1.
Game MVP’s:  Ohio = Alli Kern (Waterford); WV = Jaden McDaniels (St. Albans).

BACF Girls Free-Throw Shooting:  1) Kylie Daugherty, Frontier = 14-15; 2) Kate Liston, Warren = 11-15; Devin Hefner, Parkersburg South = 8-10; Jaden McDaniels, St Albans = 6-10.

BACF Girls 3-Point Contest: 1) Bethany Wager, Williamstown = 19; 2) Emily Chapman, Fairland = 16; 3) Emily Jackson, Warren = 11; 4) Hanna McClung, Buckhannon-Upsher = 9.

Note:  West Virginia leads the all-time series 9-8.


Boys:  Ohio 114, West Virginia 108
Ohio 22 30 32 30 — 114
WV 24 22 30 32 — 108


OHIO

Anthony Avendano (Marietta) 3 1-2 8, Carlos Starlin (Miller) 2 0-0 4, Cody Hupp (River) 0 1-2 1, Ty Staten (Fairland) 2 0-0 4, Trey Singleton (Meadowbrook) 7 8-10 23, Lukas Isaly (River) 9 7-10 28, Jake Speakman (Vinton County) 3 3-6 9, Josh Huffman (Warren) 2 2-4 6, Randy Hixson (Trimble) 7 2-2 23, Troy Huck (Warren) 0 0-0 0, Travis Pottmeyer (Waterford) 3 0-0 8, Dalton Cozart (Athens) 0 0-0 0; TOTALS: 38 24-36 114; 3-point goals: Hixson 7, Isaly 3, Pottmeyer 2, Singleton, Avendano 1


WEST VIRGINIA

Chase Sulllivan (Ritchie) 1 3-4 6, Seth Dailey (PHS) 2 0-0 5, Trenton Burdette (Wirt) 0 0-0 0, Parker Miller (PHS) 3 0-0 6, Matthew Cook (George Washington) 6 0-2 13, Jayden Rhodes (Ravenswood) 3 0-0 6, Dylan Roberts (Tyler Consolidated) 0 0-0 0, Cole Plants (South) 5 2-2 12, Kerwyn Marshall (South) 5 0-0 12, Isaiah Morgan (Ravenswood) 9 5-5 24, Shane Snider (South) 6 0-0 15, Justin Phillips (George Washington) 1 0-0 2, Alex Cook (George Washington) 2 0-0 5, Trae Derenberger (Point Pleasant) 1 0-0 2; TOTALS: 44 10-13 108; 3-point goals: Snider 3, Marshall 2, Morgan, Cook, Cook, Dailey, Sullivan 1

Shooting: O 38-83 (45.8), W 44-111 (39.6%); 3-pointers: O 14-41 (34.1%), W 10-33 (30.3%); Rebounds: O 54 (Isaly 12, Singleton 9, Staten, Huffman 7, Hupp 5), W 62 (Morgan 12, M. Cook 10, Marshall 6, Rhodes, Plants 5); Assists: O 22 (Isaly 9, Staten 7), W 20 (Plants 4); Steals: O 8 (Isaly 3), W 12 (Plants 3, M. Cook, Phillips 2); Blocks: O 4 (4 with 1), W 5 (Marshall 3); Turnovers: O 17, W 14

Game MVP’s: Ohio – Lukas Isaly (River); WV – Isaiah Morgan (Ravenswood).

Dunk competition: Troy Huck (Warren) champion; Cole Plants (South) runner-up

3-point competition: Isaiah Morgan (Ravenswood) champion; Anthony Avendano (Marietta) runner-up

Note: WV leads the all-time series 12-5; Ohio has won the last three in the series

McLeod Named to D2CCA All-American Third Team

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Just one day after GSC’s senior guard Paris McLeod was named to the WBCA All-American Honorable Mention team she now has been named to the 2017-18 D2CCA All-American Third Team, released Tuesday afternoon.

This season she helped lead the Lady Pioneers to a 31-2 overall record while claiming the Mountain East Conference Regular and Tournament Championships as well as a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.

“This is another great accomplishment for Paris, she deserves every bit of recognition she receives. She is a hall of fame type player for Glenville State College. The stats she was able to post this season in just 20 minutes per game are phenomenal,“ stated Lady Pioneer Head Coach Kim Stephens.

Paris, a native of Belleville, Michigan, led her team in scoring, averaging 21.1 points per contest while she was second in the country in steals with 118 on the season. For her efforts this season, McLeod was named the MEC Player of the Year for the second year in a row, while also being named the MEC Tournament MVP. This season she was named to the 2017-18 Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-Atlantic Region Women’s Basketball First Team on March 12 and the WBCA All-American Honorable Mention Team.

McLeod finishes sixth overall in GSC history in scoring with 1,623 points, second in steals with 316 in her career, and eighth in assists with 417.

“Paris’s career as a Pioneer has been nothing short of inspirational and her work ethic has been nothing short of motivational! A well-deserved honor, she should be proud,“ stated GSC’s Vice President for Student Life and Athletics Rusty Vineyard.

“We are very excited for the recognition Paris has received. Her work ethic, effort, and success is emblematic of the philosophy we attempt to instill in all athletes and students here at Glenville,“ added Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

Congratulations to Paris on another outstanding award.

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Lady Pioneers Fall in Second Round of NCAA Tournament to IUP

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The Glenville State Lady Pioneers magical season has come to an end in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday as they fell to the Crimson Hawks of IUP, 88-68.

Glenville State (31-2) shot 29 percent from the field and 29 percent from deep as they hit 10-of-34 three-pointers while IUP (28-3) shot great from the field going 35-of-65 for 53 percent and 31 percent from deep.

The Crimson Hawks jumped out to an early 5-0 lead over GSC but Emily Stoller would drill a three-pointer as she put the Lady Pioneers on the board trailing by two, 5-3.

IUP continued to control the pace as they took a three point lead at the first media timeout of the first quarter, 9-6, with 4:58 to play. Glenville State then went on a 6-2 run as they took their first lead of the game 12-11, as Abby Stoller laid it in, with 3:06 in the quarter.

IUP came right back and knotted it up at 12-12. The Crimson Hawks then jumped to a 16-13 lead but Julie Bishop drilled a three-pointer tying it up at 16-16, the second tie of the game, at the 1:48 minute mark. IUP then outscored GSC in the last 1:48, 5-2, as they held a five point lead after one, 23-18.

The Crimson Hawks started the second on a 6-2 run as they built a nine point lead at 29-20. IUP then went on another run this time outscoring GSC, 13-10, as they held a 14 point lead with 2:59 till halftime.

However GSC made a run of their own outscoring IUP, 9-2, as they cut the Crimson Hawks lead to seven points, 46-39.

Glenville State shot 32 percent from the field in the first half and 41 percent from deep while IUP shot 54 percent from the field and 27 percent from deep.

In the third quarter, Glenville State scored the first four points as the Lady Pioneers pulled within two points at 46-44. However IUP made some separation as they went on a 12-6 run as the Crimson Hawks took a 12 point lead at 58-46 with under five minutes to play in the third.

GSC attempted to cut into IUP’s lead but the Crimson Hawks ended up outscoring the Lady Pioneers 13-11 to end the third. The Crimson Hawks held a 14 point lead with one quarter remaining.

In the fourth, the Lady Pioneers tried to mount a comeback but IUP outscored GSC 17-11 in the quarter. Glenville State would fall in the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament 88-68. The loss also ends the Lady Pioneers 30 game win streak.

Glenville State forced IUP into 20 turnovers and scored 20 points off of them however the Lady Pioneers would turn it over 19 times. The Crimson Hawks had a big advantage on the inside as they outscored the Lady Pioneers 48 to 22 in the paint.

Paris McLeod scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Lady Pioneers while also pulling down six rebounds. Emily Stoller was the only other GSC player in double figures as she scored 19 points going 4-of-10 from deep and grabbing seven rebounds. Kristin DesRocher chipped in with nine points.

IUP was led by Megan Smith as she scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Carolyn Appleby scored 21 points while Lauren Wolosik chipped in with 11 points and six assists.

Glenville State Advances in NCAA Tournament with Victory Over West Chester

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The Glenville State Lady Pioneers, the No. 2 seed, won their 30th straight game on Friday afternoon as they defeated the No. 7 seed, Golden Rams of West Chester University, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, 118-87.

Glenville State (31-1) had all 14 players score and drilled 19 three-pointers while West Chester (23-6) had five players score in double figures but turned it over 19 times.

Paris McLeod started the scoring for Glenville State as she scored the game’s first eight points as the Lady Pioneers held a 10-0 lead early in the first quarter. West Chester answered back as they went on 9-4 run as the Golden Rams pulled within five points at 14-9 with 6:08 to play.

GSC then went on to outscore West Chester, 17-9 to end the first quarter as the Lady Pioneers held a 12 point lead at the end of one, 33-21.

In the second quarter, the onslaught would continue as GSC stretched their lead to 21 points at the 7:02 minute mark, 44-23. Glenville State eventually went on to outscore West Chester 32-11 in the second as they took a commanding 33 point lead at halftime, 65-32.

The Lady Pioneers drilled 10 three-pointers in the first half and forced West Chester into 13 turnovers.

West Chester started the third on a 9-2 run but GSC’s Julie Bishop would end the run as she nailed a three-pointer making it 71-41 at the 6:55 minute mark. Again GSC went on to outscore the Golden Rams in the third, 32-29 as they took a 36 point lead into the fourth.

In the fourth, West Chester would outscore Glenville State, 26-21, in the quarter but the deficit was too large as the Lady Pioneers defeated the Golden Rams, 118-87.

The win was the first NCAA Tournament win for GSC since 2012-13, which came against Shaw University when Kim Stephens was an assistant at Glenville. The 118 points scored by GSC is also the most points West Chester has ever given up.

Glenville State shot 47 percent from the field and shot 39 percent from deep as they drilled 19 three-pointers while West Chester shot 40 percent from the floor and 24 percent from deep.

The Lady Pioneers won the rebounding battle by one, 48-47 but the Golden Rams outscored GSC in the paint 50-36.

Glenville State’s defense forced 19 turnovers and scored 20 points off of them.

Paris McLeod scored a game-high 27 points to lead GSC while dishing out seven assists and grabbing six rebounds. Kristin DesRocher scored 20 points, netting five three-pointers, while dishing out four assists. Bhrea Griffin chipped in with 18 points while Tayana Stewart and Emily Stoller each added 10 points apiece.

West Chester was led by Mia Hopkins as she posted a double-double scoring 22 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Camden Boehner chipped in with 14 points for WCU.

Glenville State (31-1) will now take on the No. 3 seed IUP Crimson Hawks tomorrow Saturday, March 10th. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m. from inside Barco-Stevens Hall on the campus of Virginia Union University.

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