Stephens and McLeod Earn MEC Top Honors

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Glenville State took two of the top Mountain East Conference Women’s Basketball honors announced with Paris McLeod being selected as the 2018 Mountain East Conference Player of the Year for the second-straight year, and her coach Kim Stephens earning Coach of the Year honors. Fairmont State’s Sierra Kotchman was tabbed as the league’s Freshman of the Year.

McLeod, a senior from Belleville, Mich., repeats as the league’s Player of the Year after winning the award last year. McLeod ranks among the league leaders in eight different categories, including third in scoring at 20.0 points per game. Additionally, she leads the league in steals (3.54) and is fourth in assists (4.50) and assist/turnover ratio (1.68). She earned MEC Player of the Week honors four times during the 2017-18 season. McLeod had 17 games of 20 points or more and had three double-doubles (including one triple-double). She is the first player to repeat as MEC Player of the Year.

Kotchman, a Washington, PA, native, established a new Fairmont State record for scoring as a freshman with 515 points for an average of 18.4 per game. That total also established a new MEC mark for points as a freshman. Kotchman ranks third in NCAA Division II in scoring among freshmen. She had 14 games of 20 points or more including a season-high 32 against West Liberty on Dec. 9.

Stephens is the league’s Coach of the Year after guiding the Pioneers to the first undefeated regular season in MEC women’s basketball history (22-0). In addition to guiding GSC to back-to-back regular season MEC titles, Stephens has also led the Pioneers to the nation’s second-longest winning streak at 26 games. Glenville State is ranked in both national polls, and is currently seventh in the country in the WBCA poll.

The league also announced the 2017-18 all-conference teams. The first team had eight players from seven different schools highlighted by McLeod, who repeats as a first team honoree. Aurreeshae Hines from West Virginia State was also a repeat selection to the first team. Notre Dame’s Seina Adachi and Kim Cook, Shepherd’s Morgan Arden, West Liberty’s Marissa Brown, Urbana’s Stefanie Davis and Wheeling Jesuit’s Chenelle Moore round out the first team.

FSU’s Kotchman was named to the second team, along with teammate Kelli Jo Harrison. Concord’s duo of Riley Fitzwater and Madison May were also on the second team, along with Wheeling Jesuit’s Monica Burns and Mariah Callen. Glenville State’s Courtney Davis, West Virginia Wesleyan’s Mari Stewart and Notre Dame’s Marisa Finazzo complete the second team.

Jasmine Davis (West Virginia State), Sylvia Hudson (Urbana) and Octavia Loll (Charleston) earned honorable mention recognition.

The All-MEC teams are selected by a vote of the league’s coaches.

2018 All-MEC First Team
Name School Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown
Seina Adachi Notre Dame So. G 5-7 Attica, Ohio
Morgan Arden Shepherd Sr. G 5-5 Hanover, PA
Marissa Brown West Liberty Jr. F 6-3 Columbus, Ohio
Kim Cook Notre Dame Sr. F 5-10 Middleburg Heights, Ohio
Stefanie Davis Urbana Sr. G 5-7 Springfield, Ohio
Aurreeshae Hines WV State Sr. G 5-6 Jeffersonville, IN
Paris McLeod Glenville State Sr. G 5-5 Belleville, MI
Chenelle Moore Wheeling Jesuit Jr. F 6-0 Westerville, Ohio
2018 All-MEC Second Team
Name School Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown
Monica Burns Wheeling Jesuit Jr. G 5-6 New Stanton, PA
Mariah Callen Wheeling Jesuit Sr. G 5-4 Morgantown, WV
Courtney Davis Glenville State Jr. G/F 5-11 Baltimore, MD
Marisa Finazzo Notre Dame So. G 5-3 Willoughby Hills, Ohio
Riley Fitzwater Concord Fr. F 6-4 Stouts Mills, WV
Kelli Jo Harrison Fairmont State Sr. F 5-11 Poca, WV
Sierra Kotchman Fairmont State Fr. G 5-6 Washington, PA
Madison May Concord So. F 6-0 Athens, WV
Mari Stewart WV Wesleyan Sr. F 6-0 Templeton, CA
2018 All-MEC Honorable Mention
Name School Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown
Jasmine Davis WV State Sr. F 5-11 Syracuse, NY
Sylvia Hudson Urbana So. F 5-10 Sidney, Ohio
Octavia Loll Charleston So. G 5-4 Akron, Ohio
Player of the Year: Paris McLeod (Glenville State)
Freshman of the Year: Sierra Kotchman (Fairmont State)
Coach of the Year: Kim Stephens (Glenville State)

Previous Winners

MEC Player of the Year

2014: Lexy Carson (WVSU)

2015: Martha Nagbe (NDC)

2016: Kierra Simpson (WLU)

2017: Paris McLeod (GSC)

2018: Paris McLeod (GSC)

MEC Freshman of the Year

2014: Cara Mason (SU)

2015: Mari Stewart (WVWC)

2016: Laura Szorenyi (WVSU)

2017: Sydney Bates (WVSU)

2018: Sierra Kotchman (FSU)

MEC Coach of the Year

2014: Adam Collins (UC)

2015: Jenna Eckleberry (SU)

2016: Lynn Ullom (WLU)

2017: Katie Hine (NDC)

2018: Kim Stephens (GSC)

GSC Softball Drops Double-Header at Tusculum

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The GSC Lady Pioneer softball dropped both games on the road in a double-header against Tusculum College Sunday.

In game one, GSC would fall 8-0 in a shortened five-inning game. Celina Maberto got the loss on the mound. In 1.1 innings of work, she surrendered six runs on nine hits. Kahla Von Bergen came in relief to pitch the remainder of the game. Overall, GSC gave up eight runs on 14 hits.

From the plate, GSC tallied just three hits in 18 plate appearances. Catherine Pelfrey, Ally Brown, and Cassidy Taylor recorded one hit each.

Game two belonged to Tusculum from the start as the beat GSC, 11-3 in five innings. Ally Brown would earn the loss in this game as she gave up 11 hits and nine runs in 3.1 innings of work. Kahla Von Bergen would come in as relief to throw 1.1 innings, give up four hits, and two runs.

Tusculum would get out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Tusculum would add another run in the bottom of the second.  In the top of the third, GSC was able to string together a few hits and score three runs on an RBI base hits by Ally Brown and Cassidy Taylor. Brown’s single scored Kim Ellis, while Taylor’s single scored Brown and Paranda Uber.

Tusculum, however, would answer back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the third inning to take a 6-3 lead. Tusculum was again able to push three runners across in the bottom of the fourth inning as they moved out to a 9-3 lead. The rest of the game was all Tusculum as they went on to score two more runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game at 11-3.

Glenville State (1-3) is set to get back in action on Sunday, March 4th against Ohio Valley University in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Mountain East Conference Commissioner Reid Amos Gets Contact Extension

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Mountain East Conference Commissioner Reid Amos has received a contract extension set to run through the 2020-21 academic year, the conference’s Board of Directors announced.

“The Board is extremely pleased with the successes for our Mountain East institutions both academically and athletically in such a short amount of time under the direction of Commissioner Amos,“ said Concord University President Dr. Kendra Boggess. “Commissioner Amos has done a tremendous job of providing outstanding leadership and in raising the profile of our institutions both regionally and nationally.“

Amos has served as commissioner since the conference’s inception in 2013. In just four-plus years, MEC institutions have seen unprecedented success at the NCAA Division II level, including the only NCAA championships by its members in their collective histories conference during that time with Wheeling Jesuit claiming the volleyball title in 2015 and the University of Charleston winning the 2017 men’s soccer championship. Additionally, MEC teams have earned 104 NCAA postseason berths and won 18 Atlantic Region/Super Region 1 titles during that time.

Amos has led an expansion of the number of championships offered during his five years with the addition of championships in women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s swimming. The MEC sponsors 19 NCAA championship sports for nearly 4,000 student-athletes.

In addition to his duties with the MEC, Amos has served as a member of the NCAA Division II Football Committee since 2015, and was selected as the committee’s chair in February of 2018. Amos additionally served as chair of the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Committee in 2013 and 2014. During the final two years of a six-year stint, he helped lead the sport to a successful format change to match play.

Amos has also helped land several NCAA Championships as the league has co-hosted multiple NCAA Women’s Lacrosse and Softball national championships, and the MEC is set to host the 2019 Men’s Golf NCAA Division II Championships at The Resort at Glade Springs.

In 2015, Amos was named Gazette-Mail West Virginia Sportsperson of the Year along with the Mountain East Conference.

“It has been the greatest opportunity of my career to serve in this role leading our twelve outstanding Mountain East Conference institutions,” Amos said. “The high level of competitiveness among our institutions and the cooperative nature among our members has fueled successes that have exceeded our expectations over our first four-plus years. While I am extremely pleased with the successes we have experienced to date, I know that there is still so much to do. I am humbled and honored that our Board of Directors has asked that I continue to lead this great conference.“

Pioneers Drop Rubber Match to Winston-Salem State

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The Pioneer baseball team dropped the rubber match of a three game set at Winston-Salem State University on Sunday afternoon.

Brady Wilkinson took the loss on the mound for GSC moving his record to 0-3 on the year. Wilkinson gave up four runs on three hits in three innings on the mound.  Four other Pioneer pitchers would see time on the mound against a well-rounded Winston-Salem squad. Defensively, GSC committed three errors. Offensively, the team went 2-for-27 from the plate and drew 10 walks.

WSSU would start the scoring in the bottom of the second inning. Ford would draw a walk for the Rams then steal second and score on an RBI double from Snider. Following the double, Winston-Salem would score two more runs in the inning to give the Rams a 3-0 lead. GSC would answer in the top of the third inning when Carter Boswell drew a lead-off walk and would eventually score when John Peloro was walked with the bases loaded. Heading into the fourth inning, GSC would trail the Rams 3-1. In the bottom of the fourth, WSSU would put another run on the board on a solo home run. Following the homer, Freshman Adam Riggleman would enter the game to pitch for the Pioneers. The rest of the game would be all Rams as they would go on to score eight more runs and defeat the Pioneers, 11-1.

Glenville State (3-6) will be back in action on Friday, March 2nd as they host Mercyhurst University in a double-header beginning at 1:00 p.m. from the Sue Morris Sports Complex.

MEC Men’s Basketball Roundup

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#25 Wheeling Jesuit 84, #5 West Liberty 74

Haywood Highsmith scored 23 points and Pat Moseh drained 21 points as Wheeling Jesuit downed West Liberty 84-74 on Saturday.  Despite the loss, the Hilltopppers claim the MEC regular season title and the top seed in the upcoming MEC Basketball Tournament.  Wheeling Jesuit shot 54 percent from the floor in the win and led for the entire second half.

Highsmith grabbed 13 rebounds in addition to his 23 points while Moseh tallied 11 assists along with 21 points.  Preston Boswell chipped in 19 points in the win for Wheeling Jesuit (23-5, 18-4).

Dan Monteroso led the effort for West Liberty with 26 points and nine rebounds.  Dalton Bolon added 13 in the setback while James Griffin tallied 11 for West Liberty (25-2, 20-2).

Notre Dame 83, Urbana 74

Notre Dame College overcame six ties and eight lead changes while using a 26-point performance by Drew Scarberry to secure an 83-74 win over Urbana on Saturday.  The Falcons shot 56 percent from the floor and pulled away late in the second half to earn the victory.

In addition to Scarberry’s 26 points, Angelo Cugini drained 17 for Notre Dame (6-22, 4-18) while Aaron Beidleman scored 15.  Kyauta Taylor netted 10 points and Oliver Megins hauled in nine rebounds over the course of the contest.

Malik Jacobs led the effort for Urbana (4-24, 3-19) with 15 points and six rebounds.  Chris Jackson scored 13 followed by Aarmanni Garnett with 12.

Fairmont State 79, Shepherd 76

Fairmont State used a late rally to take home a 79-76 win over Shepherd.  The Rams held a 64-58 lead with nine minutes left in the game before a 15-2 run shifted the momentum in favor of the Falcons and handed Fairmont State the lead, which it would not relinquish for the remainder of the contest.

Jason Jolly drained a game-high 36 points for Fairmont State (21-7, 17-5).  Andrew Emrick chipped in 10 points in the win.

Steffen Davis netted 20 points for Shepherd (16-12, 12-10).  Thomas Lang added 16 while AJ Carr scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the loss.  Winston Burgess chipped in 10 points and notched seven boards for the Rams.

Glenville State 71, West Virginia Wesleyan 67

Glenville State orchestrated a 22-5 run during the last nine minutes of the game to take home a 71-67 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday.  The Bobcats held a commanding 61-45 lead before the Pioneers shifted the momentum.

A free throw by Nick Brooks with 32 seconds left in the game knotted the score 67-67, but a three-pointer by Brooks Ely and free throw by Elisha Mayberry secured the win for Glenville State.

Darhius Nunn poured in 22 points for Glenville State (8-20, 6-16), Ely and Mayberry both chipped in 18 points and combined for 15 rebounds in the win.

Fred Brondsted paced West Virginia Wesleyan (7-21, 7-15) with 16 points in the loss.  Dusan Vicetic added 15.

Concord 90, UVa-Wise 81

Tommy Bolte poured in 32 points to propel Concord to a 90-81 win over UVa-Wise on Saturday.  The Mountain Lions pulled away by as many as 21 points in the first half before the Cavaliers chipped away at the deficit to trail by just eight (50-42) at the halftime break.  Concord and UVa-Wise battled for control early in the second half but the Mountain Lions pulled away late to secure the win.

In addition to Bolte’s 32 points, BJ Hamlet drained 21 in the win for Concord (16-12, 12-10).  Darian Peterson chipped in 14 with Trey Brisco tallying 13. 

Taiwo Badmus paced UVa-Wise (13-15, 11-11) with 21 points and 14 rebounds.  Michal Seals netted 19 with Chance Sheffey and Yesid-Mosquera-Perea notching 17 and 13 points, respectively.

Charleston 82, West Virginia State 72

Charleston shot 48 percent from the floor and Kier Anderson scored 23 points in an 82-72 win over West Virginia State.  The Golden Eagles held a 46-34 lead heading into halftime and controlled the momentum in the second half to secure the win.

Along with Anderson’s 23 points, Anton Ivy and Austin Howard each netted 12 points for Charleston (15-12, 12-11).  Ivy also grabbed 10 rebounds in the win.

Pat Johnson-Agwu paced West Virginia State (12-15, 10-12) with 16 points in the loss.  Jahlen Greene and Jerry Moore both notched 15 in the setback.  Isaiah Noel added 10 points.  Moore grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.

MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup

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#7 Glenville State 91, West Virginia Wesleyan, 65

Glenville State claimed its second-straight MEC regular season title and ended the season with an unblemished 22-0 record in conference play on Saturday after downing West Virginia Wesleyan 91-65.  The Pioneers scored 19 three-pointers in the win while outscoring the Bobcats 20-2 in the paint.

Five Pioneer players scored double-digit points led by Julie Bishop with 17.  Paris McLeod tacked on 14 points with eight rebounds while Bhrea Griffin and Odyssey Trussell each scored 12 points for Glenville State (27-1, 22-0).  Asiya Smith rounded out the list of double-digit performers with 11 in the victory.

Stacy Remer paced the Bobcats with 15 points and five rebounds in the loss.  Mari Stewart added 12 points and nine boards followed by Brittany Stawovy with 10 points and six rebounds for West Virginia Wesleyan (8-20, 6-16).

West Virginia State 66, Charleston 64

Aurreshae Hines sunk two free throws for West Virginia State at the close of overtime to secure a 66-64 win over Charleston on Sunday. The Golden Eagles held a 56-52 lead with 16 seconds left in regulation before Hines sunk two free throws for the Yellow Jackets and hit a layup to send the contest into overtime. Charleston surrendered the lead just four times over the course of the contest despite suffering the loss.

West Virginia State outscored Charleston 32-18 in the paint while scoring 19 points off of 22 Golden Eagle turnovers.

Hines poured in 28 points for West Virginia State (13-15, 13-9) with Jasmine Davis chipping in 10 points for the Yellow Jackets.
Abby Watson scored 20 points for Charleston (12-16, 8-14) with Octavia Loll and Brooklyn Pannell adding 14 and 10, respectively.

Notre Dame 81, Urbana 72

Notre Dame scored 26 points off of 18 Urbana turnovers and shot 44 percent from the floor in an 81-72 victory on Saturday.  The Falcons’ bench accounted for 37 of the team’s 81 points including Abi Oriti and Kyleigh Ramlow who, as nonstarters, scored a combined 24 points. 

Kim Cook paced Notre Dame (21-8, 17-5) with 22 points and 11 rebounds in the win.  Seina Adachi netted 17 for the Falcons with Oriti adding 14 and Kyleigh Ramlow scoring 10.

Sylvia Hudson led the effort for Urbana (12-14, 10-12) with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the setback.  Stefanie Davis and Erin Morrow chipped in 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Shepherd 74, Fairmont State 64

Shepherd outscored Fairmont State 24-7 in the second quarter and never looked back on its way to a 74-64 victory on Saturday afternoon.  After trailing 20-12 at the end of the first quarter, Shepherd took control in the second to take a comfortable 36-27 lead into the halftime break.  The Falcons trailed by seven or more points for the remainder of the contest.

The Rams shot 42 percent from the floor and used a 21-point performance from Morgan Arden to secure the win in the Butcher Center.

In addition to Arden’s 21 points, Kari Lankford chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds for Shepherd (14-14, 10-12).  Kayla Tibbs scored 12 with six boards while Tiffany McKinney netted eight points and hauled in nine rebounds over the course of the contest.

Brooke Kurucz and Sierra Kotchman drained 19 points apiece for Fairmont State (15-13, 10-12) in the setback.  Kelli Jo Harrison added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Falcons.

West Liberty 83, Wheeling Jesuit 75

Brandi Beader netted 28 points and Marissa Brown scored 26 to propel West Liberty to an 83-75 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Saturday afternoon.  Beader and Brown combined for 20 rebounds, seven assists, six blocks, and three steals over the course of the contest.

The Hilltoppers pulled away 21-11 by the end of the first quarter before a 16-5 run by the Cardinals midway through the second quarter shifted the momentum.  West Liberty battled for an 8-2 run late in the fourth quarter to regain control for the remainder of the contest.

McKenna Shives chipped in 13 points for West Liberty (12-16, 10-12).

Mariah Callen netted 28 points for Wheeling Jesuit (13-15, 12-10) in the setback.  Cassi Stein added 23 with Monica Burns adding 15 in the loss.

Concord 78, UVa-Wise 65

Concord shot 44 percent from the floor and had four players score double-digit points in a 78-65 win over UVa-Wise on Saturday.  The Mountain Lions led wire-to-wire and built a lead of 21 points before securing the win.

Heather Chapman and Lindsey Overbey each scored 15 points in the win. Overbey tallied nine rebounds.  Riley Fitzwater added 12 points and 10 boards while Madison May netted 10 with seven rebounds for Concord (13-15, 9-13).

Cynita Webb paced UVa-Wise (6-21, 5-17) with 10 points and six rebounds.  Adalmaryz Gomez added nine points with five boards in the setback.

No. 5/7 Lady Pioneers Down Bobcats of WVWC, Finishes Conference Play Unbeaten

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The No. 5/7 Glenville State Lady Pioneer women’s basketball team defeated the Bobcats of West Virginia Wesleyan on the road Saturday, 91-65. With the win GSC becomes the first team in MEC history to go undefeated in conference play on the men’s or women’s side.

Glenville State (27-1, 22-0) drilled 19 three-pointers as they shot 33 percent from deep and 36 percent from the field while West Virginia Wesleyan (8-20, 6-16) made just four three’s as they shot 23 percent from deep and 38 percent from the field.

The Bobcats came out and took an early 4-0 lead however Julie Bishop would answer with a three-pointer of her own as GSC trailed, 4-3. West Virginia Wesleyan then scored the next four points as they held a five point lead at 8-3 with 6:45 on the clock.

Again Julie Bishop would drill a three-pointer, her second of the contest, as she pulled the Lady Pioneers within two, 8-6. The Bobcats ended up taking a four point lead after one quarter, 16-12. GSC finished the first quarter 4-of-21 from the floor with all four made shots being three-pointers.

Glenville State started the second quarter with another three-pointer, this time from Abby Stoller, as they pulled within one point, 16-15. The Lady Pioneers then knotted the game up at 21 all with 4:30 to play. GSC then took their first lead at the 4:25 minute mark at 23-21, but WVWC would outscore the Lady Pioneers 14-5 in the rest of the quarter as Glenville State trailed at halftime, 34-30.

In the third GSC would make separation as they stared the second half on a 19-7 run as they took a 49-41 lead. The Lady Pioneers would continue to pour it on as they went on to outscore WVWC 33-11 in the quarter as they led by 18, 63-45 heading into the fourth.

In the fourth it was all GSC as they outscored WVWC 28-20 to claim their 26th straight win.

“I love this group of young ladies, not a lot of coaches can say that about their team and I mean it. I am so proud of them for making history today, however with that being said we still have work to do,“ stated GSC Head Coach Kim Stephens.

Glenville State’s defense forced 20 turnovers and scored 16 points off of them. However WVWC won the rebounding battle as they out rebounded GSC by four, 53-49.

Julie Bishop led the Lady Pioneers as she scored a game-high 17 points drilling five three-pointers. Paris McLeod scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Odyssey Trussell and Bhrea Griffin both registered 12 points. Asiya Smith chipped in with 10 points.

West Virginia Wesleyan was led by Stacy Remer as she scored a team high 15 points while Mari Stewart scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Glenville State (27-1, 22-0) will now await the winner of #8 Shepherd/#9 Concord in the MEC Quarterfinals at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1st at the Charleston Civic Center.

Lady Pioneer Softball Splits Season Opener with Milligan College

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The Lady Pioneer softball team split their season opener with NAIA opponent Milligan College on Saturday.
In game one, Junior Ally Brown would earn the victory on the mound. Brown surrendered three runs on four hits as the Lady Pioneer defense committed two errors.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, Freshman Kelsey Naylor would tie things up behind a two-run homer that scored Hayley Olson.  GSC would also hang two runs in the third inning behind a pair of RBI singles. Senior McKenzie Edmonds would single to left-center and score Catherine Pelfrey. Soon after, Olson would single to center field to score Paranda Uber. GSC held a 4-3 lead heading into the top of the fourth. In the fourth, Pelfrey would single to center field scoring Naylor, her second run of the game.  GSC would add to their lead in the top of the sixth as Naylor would score on an infield single from Senior Kim Ellis.
Hayley Olson finished the day 4-4 from the plate and had an RBI. Naylor went 1-2 with a walk and a two-run homer, and also scored three runs.
Tori Ward entered the game in the seventh inning for the last two outs to earn the save for the Pioneers.
Game two would see the Lady Pioneers fall to Milligan College by a score of 6-2. Celina Malberto would get the loss on the mound. The Lady Pioneers would put a run on the board in the top half of the first inning to start the scoring. Kim Ellis would walk and eventually score after a Catherine Pelfrey single. However, GSC would surrender two runs in the bottom half of the inning. In the bottom of the third inning, Milligan would tack on two more runs to push their lead to 4-1. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Milligan would put another two runs on the board to take a 6-1 lead.  GSC would score once in the top of the seventh to end the scoring.  Junior Cassidy Taylor would double to right-center and score Paranda Uber.
Maberto would give up four earned runs, Ally Brown would give up one earned run in one inning on the mound, and Kahla Von Bergen would also get an inning on the mound where she walked two and struck out one.
From the plate, GSC hit just .208 as a team. Pelfrey would record the only RBI on the day as she knocked in Ellis. Uber’s run would come due to an outfield error.
Glenville State (1-1) will return to action tomorrow, Sunday the 25th as they take on Tusculum University in a double-header beginning at Noon.

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Glenville State’s Darhius Nunn and Jon Dunmyer combined for 38 points as they lifted the Pioneers past the Shepherd University Rams on Senior Night at the Waco Center, 72-65.

Glenville State (7-20, 5-16) shot lights out on the evening, shooting 49 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep nailing 9-of-22 three-points while Shepherd (16-11, 12-9) shot 46 percent from the floor and 39 percent from deep.

The Pioneers held a 41-29 lead at halftime as they scored the last five points of the half capped off by a Theo Brown dunk.

In the second half, GSC would control the game early as they held a double digit lead. However Shepherd would rally back within three points at 63-60 with 2:49 left in the game. The Pioneers then answered back as Jon Dunmeyer hit a layup and GSC hit 5-of-6 free-throws in the game’s final minutes as they held on to win on Senior Night. The victory also clinched a berth for the Pioneers in the MEC Tournament.

Shepherd won the rebounding battle 30-28. Glenville State forced the Rams into 15 turnovers and converted them into 14 points. The Pioneers bench outscored the Rams bench 17-8 in the contest.

Darhius Nunn and Jon Dunmeyer each scored 19 points to lead GSC. Nunn also dished out a game-high six assists. Brooks Ely registered 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Pioneers just missing a double-double. Theo Brown scored nine points and Dwayne Chastain Jr. had eight.

Shepherd had just two players in double figures with Thomas Lang scoring a game-high 23 points. AJ Carr chipped in with 18 points and eight boards. Steffen Davis and Derek McKnight each had eight points for the Rams.

Glenville State (7-20, 5-16) will wrap up the regular season on the road Saturday, February 24th as they travel to West Virginia Wesleyan College.

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Glenville State Head Coach Kim Stephens celebrated her 50th career win, in just two years, in Wednesday night’s 105-87 win over the Rams of Shepherd University on Senior Night.

Glenville State (26-1, 21-0) had 10 players score and drilled 20 three-pointers as they claimed their 25th straight victory and 25th straight at home.

Shepherd (13-14, 9-12) began the first quarter on a 7-5 run as Shepherd’s Kayla Tibbs hit a three-pointer. However, a three-point play from senior guard Bhrea Griffin would put the Lady Pioneers up one, 8-7 at the 6:11 mark. GSC then went on a 10-4 run as the Pioneers went up seven, bringing the score to 18-11, which included a couple two point buckets from senior’s Kristen Desrocher and Asiya Smith. The Lady Pioneers would end the first on top by seven points, 23-16.

Glenville State began the second quarter with an 11-4 run, including a pair of triples from Odyssey Trussell and Asiya Smith, bringing the score to 34-20, with 7:38 left in the half.

Shepherd would then answer, scoring the next nine points of the game to bring the Lady Pioneers lead within five, 34-29. However, a timely three-point play by Maya Horne, would give GSC a 10 point advantage, making the score 39-29. The Lady Pioneers and Rams would both go on to score another 13 points in the second, but GSC led at halftime, 57-42.

Shepherd registered the first points of the half, bringing GSC’s lead to 13 early. A three-pointer from Courtney Davis followed by a shot beyond the arc from Kristen Desrocher, would spark a 13-10 run to put the Lady Pioneers up 20 points at the 3:57 mark, 76-56. GSC held Shepherd to just eight points in the rest of the quarter, to solidify a 22 point lead into the game’s final quarter, 86-64.

In the fourth it would be all GSC as they closed out the victory, 105-87 as they finished the season sweep over the Shepherd Rams.

Glenville State shot 45 percent from the field and 42 percent from deep netting 20-of-47 three-pointers while Shepherd shot 49 percent from the field and 46 percent from deep.

GSC’s defense forced 22 turnovers and scored 26 points off of them.

It was a big night for the Glenville State seniors on Senior Night as five-out-of-the-eight seniors scored in double digits. Bhrea Griffin and Kristin DesRocher led the Lady Pioneers, both with 18 points. Griffin also registered six assists. Asiya Smith scored 16 points in the victory, going 4-for-7 from deep, while grabbing six boards. Julie Bishop registered 12 points and four steals while Tayana Stewart chipped in with 10 points.

Shepherd was led by Morgan Arden as she scored a game-high 23 points. Kayla Tibbs chipped in with 21 points while Liz Moormann scored 12 points.

Glenville State (26-1, 21-0) the MEC Regular Season Champions will hit the road for the last regular season game of the year, before the MEC Tournament, as they travel to West Virginia Wesleyan College this Saturday, February 24th for a 2:00 p.m. matchup with the Bobcats.

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