Local College Basketball Roundup
West Virginia 88, Duquesne 80
PITTSBURGH – The West Virginia women’s basketball team earned 37 points from the free-throw line in an 88-80 victory versus Duquesne here Saturday at the A.J. Palumbo Center,.
The Dukes (8-4) sent the Mountaineers (10-1) to the line 16 times in the final 1:29, converting 13 of the 16 attempts. Duquesne came within four, 84-80, with nine seconds remaining, but time ran out as four successful free throw attempts by senior guard Brooke Hampton helped the Mountaineers seal the win.
The Mountaineers opened the game with the lead on a pair of free throws from senior guard Christal Caldwell and never trailed. WVU led by as many as 10 points, 31-21, with 3:46 until the break, taking a 38-20 halftime lead. The Mountaineers hit 15 of 15 from the line in the first half and closed out the game shooting 86 percent (37-43) from the charity stripe.
WVU used a 21-3 run in the first six minutes out of halftime to lead by as many as 26, 59-33. The Dukes chipped away at the double-digit deficit to make it a seven-point game (72-65) at the 3:33 mark. Senior guard Taylor Palmer hit a three to extend the lead back out to 10, when Duquesne began to foul in hopes of making a comeback.
Four Mountaineers recorded double figures, behind senior center Asya Bussie’s double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Averee Fields recorded her first double-figure game this season with a season-high 15 points Palmer hit all eight foul shots and had 11 points, while junior guard Linda Stepney added a season-best 10 points and dished out three assists.
Marshall 62, Delaware State 47
HUNTINGTON – A slow start didn’t stop Marshall (5-5) from picking up its second consecutive win, taking down Delaware State, 62-47, Saturday afternoon at Cam Henderson Center.
For the first time in head coach Matt Daniel’s two seasons, Marshall has won back-to-back games and will enter the holiday break with a .500 record.
It took the Herd almost four minutes to dent the scoreboard – a Chelsey Romero (game-high 14 boards) layup tied the game at two at 16:25 in the first half. Marshall found its first lead at 8:33 when senior Suporia Dickens hit a jumper to put the Herd up, 9-8.
Thundering Herd junior Leah Scott opened the second half with an and-one layup, giving the Herd a 22-19 lead, and Marshall didn’t trail again. With help from sophomore Norrisha Victrum’s 12 second-half points, including 8 of 10 free throws, the Herd gained momentum and had their largest lead of 15 with 20 seconds remaining.
Victrum finished with 16 points, four assists, three steals and didn’t have a turnover. Scott chipped in 13 points and Dickens 11.
Raven Bankston had a game-high 21 points for the 3-7 Hornets, who got a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds from Tierra Hawkins.
Glenville State 70, West Virginia Tech 32
BLUEFIELD – It wasn’t pretty, but Glenville State improved to 9-1 and won its seventh game in a row here Saturday at the Sheetz/Herb Sims Classic by clamping down on West Virginia Tech, 70-32.
Tech shot less than 26 percent from the field and had only player score in double figures and that was thanks to Tracee Mitchell 13 bench points.
GSC, which led 31-15 at halftime, was paced by Tiffani Huffman’s 13 points. Kenyona Simmons and Keyanna Tate finished with 10 points apiece while Jessica Parsons had seven points, seven assists and just one turnover.
Arkansas State 83, Marshall 82
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) – Arkansas State opened the game with five 3-pointers – three by Brandon Reed – as part of a 19-5 run and held on to defeat Marshall 83-82 on Saturday night.
The margin came down to a missed 3-pointer by Marshall’s Kareem Canty that became a two-point put back by Ryan Taylor at the buzzer.
Arkansas State (6-4) had a second burst of five 3-pointers, including three straight by Kirk Van Slyke, in a 22-6 run to lead 47-31 at halftime.
Marshall outscored the Red Wolves 51-36 in the second half. Canty scored 22 points – 12 on four 3s after halftime. TyQuane Goard, averaging six points, went off for a career-high 21 with 13 rebounds. He and Canty combined for 13 points to cut a double-digit lead to 76-74.
Reed matched a season high with 21 points for Arkansas State, Van Slyke and Melvin Johnson III scored 16 each.
Glenville State 70
GLENVILLE – Alderson-Broaddus led 34-24 at halftime Saturday afternoon and held on for a 74-70 road win against host Glenville State.
Lamar Mallory had 25 points and Kevin Gray added 21 to lead GSC (5-3).
The Battlers had a double-double of 11 points and 10 assists from Malcom Tatum while Ron Miller had 23 points off the bench and starter Thylas Perkins finished with 22. Adam Kline contributed eight points and nine boards in the victory.