MEC Women’s Basketball Roundup

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Concord 71, Wheeling Jesuit 70

Heather Chapman hit a free throw for Concord with five seconds on the clock and a last second layup by Wheeling Jesuit was unsuccessful, allowing the Mountain Lions to hold off the Cardinals 71-70 on Thursday.

Wheeling Jesuit led by as many as nine points (63-54) with just under nine minutes left in the game before back-to-back layups for Concord shifted the momentum. The Mountain Lions chipped away at the deficit with Emily Boothe hitting a critical free throw and layup, knotting the score twice with less than two minutes left in the game.

Riley Fitzwater paced Concord (5-7, 3-6) with 22 points and 26 rebounds in the victory. Danielle Catron added 16 points for the Mountain Lions.

Monica Burns led the effort for Wheeling Jesuit (6-9, 4-5) with 29 points.  Chenelle Moore added 11 in the setback.  Kiara Wade pulled down eight rebounds for the Cardinals.

#21 Glenville State 117, West Virginia State 99

A balanced offensive attack propelled Glenville State to its 13th consecutive win in a 117-99 decision against West Virginia State on Thursday evening.  The Pioneers caused 21 Yellow Jacket turnovers while committing just five of their own over the course of the contest.

Glenville State (14-1, 9-0) had six players score double-digit points in the win with 11 different players scoring.  Courtney Davis and Bhrea Griffin both scored 20 for the Pioneers. Tayana Stewart followed with 19 points while Julie Bishop and Paris McLeod chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively. Erika Toney added 10 points with Abby Stoller notching 12 rebounds in the victory.

Jordan Miller poured in a game-high 25 points for West Virginia State (4-11, 4-5) with Aurreshae Hines netting 23.  Lyrin Hatcher scored 17 points with 10 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets. Kim Richburg added 12 in the setback with Deniah Bowman tallying 10 points.

Notre Dame 85, Shepherd 52

Notre Dame held Shepherd to just eight points in the first quarter and never looked back on its way to an 85-52 win on Thursday evening. The Falcons turned 21 Ram turnovers into 27 points and led by as many as 39 points before securing the victory.

Five different players turned in double-digit performances for Notre Dame (11-5, 7-2) led by Marissa Finazzo with 14 points. Seina Adachi netted 13 for the Falcons with Kim Book and Kyleigh Ramlow both notching 12 points.  Maggie King chipped in 11 points with Cooke and Abi Oriti grabbing six rebounds apiece. The Falcons shot 54 percent from the floor in the win.

Sydney Clayton led the effort for Shepherd (8-7, 4-5) with 18 points and six rebounds in the setback.  Morgan Arden added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Rams.

West Liberty 73, UVa-Wise 53

West Liberty held UVa-Wise to 25 percent shooting to pull away with a 73-53 win over UVa-Wise on Thursday in the Prior Center.  The Cavaliers held a narrow 15-12 lead at the end of the first quarter before a 21-6 run by the Hilltoppers down the final stretch of the second quarter left UVa-Wise trailing 44-29 at the halftime break.  The Hilltoppers built on the momentum and led by double-digit points for the remainder of the contest.

Marissa Brown paced West Liberty (6-9, 5-4) with 20 points and 13 rebounds.  Audrey Tingle chipped in 11 points followed by McKenna Shives with 10.

Bianca Lockamy netted 11 points in the loss for UVa-Wise (2-12, 1-8).  Judy Cummings added eight points in the setback with Cynita Webb and Kalee Johnson both recording eight rebounds for the Cavaliers.

Urbana 86, Fairmont State 77

Urbana overcame six ties and seven lead changes to pull away late in an 86-77 win over Fairmont State.  With the Falcons holding a 71-70 lead and 5:27 left in the game, a pair of free throws by Sylvia Hudson contributed to a 6-0 run for the Blue Knights, which proved to be all Urbana would need to close out the game with a win on its home court. 

Urbana (8-5, 6-3) shot 48 percent from the floor in the win.  Stefanie Davis led all players in the game with 26 points.  Hudson and Jazmyn Haley both netted 17 with Megan Beachy adding 12 points in the victory. Haley grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds.

Sierra Kotchman paced Fairmont State (7-7, 3-6) with 23 points. Brooke Kurucz scored 20 for the Falcons followed by Kelli Jo Harrison with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Charleston 61, West Virginia Wesleyan 55

Charleston outscored West Virginia Wesleyan 16-4 in the third quarter and outlasted a fourth quarter rally to earn a 61-55 win on Thursday evening.  Holding a 50-42 advantage with 4:04 left to play, the Golden Eagles saw the hosts pull within one (51-50), after going on an 8-1 run with two minutes left in the game.  Charleston capitalized on 10-for-10 free throw shooting down the stretch before securing the win. 

Mari Stewart paced West Virginia Wesleyan (5-10, 3-6) with 20 points and nine rebounds.  Summer Matlack added nine points in the setback.

Charleston was led by Anna Hayton’s 13 points while Madison Jones chipped in 10 points off the Golden Eagle bench. Brooklyn Pannell netted 10 points for the Bobcats in the setback.

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