Davis & Elkins splits with CU
Beth Gribble had 15 points to lead Davis & Elkins past Concord University 76-62 Monday in West Virginia Conference action at the McDonnell Center.
Page Turner followed with 13 points and seven assists, while Ashley Bowles added 11 points for the Lady Senators (6-7, 5-4 WVIAC), who led 37-25 at halftime.
Rachel Artrip had 22 points to lead Concord University (4-11, 3-6).
Davis &?Elkins travels to Pitt-Johnstown on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for a WVIAC matchup.
Bluefield State 61, Wesleyan 47
BUCKHANNON West Virginia Wesleyan’s women suffered their second consecutive league setback Monday night, falling to the visiting Bluefield Big Blues 61-47. The Lady Bobcats struggled on the offensive end, shooting only 37.8 percent (20-of-54).
Bluefield came out strong, establishing a firm early advantage they would never relinquish. Halfway through the first half they had built a 12-point lead at 20-8, and extended it to 13 points at 27-14. While the Lady Bobcats materialized a strong surge at the end of the half, they still trailed 30-21 at the half.
Throughout the second half, Wesleyan produced small runs that cut the lead into single digits, but they could never get the deficit closer than six points. Although the teams were even in total turnovers at 24-24, Wesleyan committed three second half turnovers with possessions that could have cut the margin to five or lower.
Dragana Tomic led Bluefield with 15 points with teammate Charlene Diggs adding 12. Guard Charity Harris provided game highs of six assists and three steals. Atavia Blake was one Bobcat who was efficient on the offensive end, going 7-of-11 from the field with 15 points and seven rebounds. Danesha Richardson hit double figures with 11 points, while Brittany Maxey posted team highs of eight rebounds and five steals.
Wesleyan falls to 4-8 overall, and 3-6 in the WVIAC. Bluefield remains in the upper echelon of the league, improving to 9-4 overall and 7-3 in the WVIAC.
Wesleyan 77, Bluefield State 57
BUCKHANNON- West Virginia Wesleyan head coach Patrick Beilein will probably not be sending game film from Monday night’s 77-57 victory over 0-14 Bluefield State to the Hall of Fame, but the first year head coach will take the victory. Wesleyan has now won three games in a row to bump up to the six spot in the WVIAC standings.
Bluefield played the Bobcats tough early, and still held a 30-26 lead as the game headed into the final minutes of the first half. Wesleyan responded with a 13-4 run to close the half, and held off the scrappy Blues throughout the second half. With the advantage still at five points at 48-43, Beilein’s troops produced a 12 -4 run that provided some separation at 60-47 with 6.29 remaining. The ‘Cats were able take it home on cruise from that point.
Kelsey Williams led the Bobcats with 27 points and 14 rebounds. It was the ninth consecutive game that the senior captain has scored over 20 points. Three other Bobcats hit double figures with T.J. Thompson scoring 18, Noah Cottrill and Ray Warren each scoring 10. Warren led all passers with 11 assists.
Despite the sporadic first 25 minutes of play, Beilein’s Bobcats closed strong. With a critical stretch of games looming, the Bobcat staff is looking for some consistency down the stretch.
Wesleyan improves to 8-5 overall, and they are back above .500 in the league at 5-4. Bluefield remains winless at 0-14 and 0-10. The Bobcats are back in action Thursday night, traveling to Ohio Valley University.
Davis & Elkins 54
Mike Boyd had 17 points to lead Concord past Davis & Elkins 61-54 Monday in?West Virginia Conference action.
Damien Tunstalle added 13 points for Concord.
D’Quan Lynch had 13 points, while Igor Premasunac added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Senators.
Davis & Elkins travels to Urbana, Ohio on Saturday at 4 p.m.