WVU women upset Iowa State, 73-59

AMES, Iowa – Junior guard Linda Stepney used a career-best scoring outing to help the West Virginia women’s basketball team to a 73-59 win over No. 13 Iowa State Wednesday at the Hilton Coliseum.

“This was a great win for us against a very good Iowa State basketball team,” coach Mike Carey said. “We were in foul trouble most of the game, but our girls came off the bench and did a great job. The first half I thought we did an excellent job defensively. Every time they cut it, we’d go back up nine or 10 so that was good to see.”

The Mountaineers (15-2, 4-1) struck first with a jumper from junior forward Averee Fields and never let the lead go. The Cyclones (14-2, 3-2) were held to only seven first-half field goals and without a single three in the opening half. WVU held a 36-23 halftime lead and stretched it out to as many as 16, 48-32, in the opening minutes of the second half.

The Cyclones chipped away at the deficit, making it an eight-point game, 61-53, with six minutes left, but the Mountaineers responded with a 7-2 run down to just over two minutes to play. WVU converted 5-of-6 free throws in the final 90 seconds, while ISU recorded a single field goal.

Stepney had a career-high 16 points to lead WVU for the first time in her career. In addition to her point total, Stepney added six assists, zero turnovers and led WVU in rebounding with seven boards. Sophomore guard Bria Holmes recorded 12 points, senior guard Christal Caldwell added 11 points and Fields chipped in 10 points.

Iowa State entered Wednesday’s game averaging 9.9 threes a game, and were held to only two, shooting 20 percent (2-10) from beyond the arc. The Mountaineers capitalized from 3-point range, recording 12 threes on 40 percent (12-30) shooting. Caldwell, Stepney and Holmes each had three threes, while Palmer and senior guards Brooke Hampton and Jess Harlee each added a trey. Every Mountaineer that played scored.

Mount Union 71, Marietta College 60

MARIETTA -A year ago, nationally-ranked Mount Union came in to Ban Johnson Arena and suffered a shocking 89-84 overtime loss to Marietta College.

The Purple Raiders returned to Ban Johnson Wednesday night and made sure history did not repeat itself as they defeated MC 71-60, snapping the Pioneers’ 8-game home winning streak.

Marietta (8-6, 2-5) trailed just 28-26 with 3 minutes, 10 seconds left in the first half, but the Purple Raiders (8-6, 2-5) used a 9-3 run to go up 37-29 at halftime. They stayed aggressive in the second half, extending the lead to 50-37 at the 14:03 mark and stretching it to 58-38 with 11:40 to go.

The Pios came charging back, scoring 10 unanswered points from the 9:41 mark to the 4:17 mark to cut it to 60-50.

Later, a pair of Jessica Brogan free throws made it an 8-point game, but Mount Union answered every Marietta basket the rest of the way to secure the W.

Candice Alexander topped everyone with 24 points of 10-of-16 from the floor. Heather Booth added 12 but no other Pioneer was able to get going.

Chandler Moore and Annie Bova each scored 14 to lead the Purple Raiders.

Marietta will look to bounce back against OAC leader John Carroll at 3 p.m Saturday at Ban Johnson.

North Texas 63, Marshall 50

DENTON, Texas – North Texas’ bench accounted for 41 points here Wednesday night inside “The Super Pit” as the Mean Green shot 50 percent after halftime en route to a 63-50 Conference USA victory against visiting Marshall.

The Thundering Herd (7-9, 0-3) shot just 30.4 percent (7 of 23) after the break and were led by Leah Scott’s team-high 15 points. Suporia Dickens chipped in eight points and had a game-high 13 rebounds.

North Texas (7-9, 1-2) was paced by Alexis Hyder’s game-high 18 points off the bench. Reserve Laura McCoy finished with a baker’s dozen and starting teammate Briesha Wynn had the lone double-double, going for 12 points and 11 boards.

COLLEGE MEN

Mount Union 73, Marietta 72

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Mount Union senior T.J. Gillespie drained a foul shot with 0.8 seconds to play here Wednesday night at the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex as the host Purple Raiders slipped past Marietta College, 73-72, in Ohio Athletic Conference cation.

Gillespie scored a game-high 21 points while sophomore teammate Cody Dillon tallied 10 of his 15 points in the second half.

Marietta College (10-4, 5-2) was led by Andy Dollman, who scored 16 points off the bench. Garrett Stephenson (14), Luis Garcia (11) and RaNeal Ewing (10) finished in double figures for the Pioneers.

Mount Union won its ninth straight game and improved to 11-2 overall and 6-0 in the OAC.

Ohio 71, Ball State 51

ATHENS, Ohio – The Ohio University men’s basketball team (12-4, 2-1) is back on the winning track after dispatching of Ball State (3-11, 0-3) by the score of 71-51 Wednesday night inside the Convocation Center.

The Bobcats received significant production from the entire roster and had three players score in double figures. Junior forward Maurice Ndour led the offense with 16 points and made 8-of-10 free throws, while senior guard/forward T.J. Hall added 13 points (5-9 FG) and four rebounds.

The Bobcats are now 7-0 when Hall scores in double figures.

Senior guard Travis Wilkins continued his strong play in conference action with 10 points, four rebounds and a team-high four assists. The Springfield, Mo., native is averaging 10.7 points per game and shooting 55.6 percent in MAC games.

The two teams struggled offensively to begin the half and entered the 10-minute mark of the first half tied at 8-8. A 3-pointer from Travis Wilkins helped break the sluggish Bobcat start and gave Ohio a 17-12 lead at the 7:11 mark of the first half.

The Bobcats entered the break ahead by six at 27-21. Ohio limited the Cardinals to just 28.6 percent (6-21) shooting in the half, including a 11.1 percent (1-9) mark from beyond the arc.

Ohio opened the second half on a 7-2 run to go up 11 (34-23) and extended the edge to 15 on a 3-pointer from Javarez Willis at the 10:30 mark of the second half.

A 3-pointer from Stevie Taylor gave Ohio a 19-point edge (54-35) and the Cardinals could not move closer than 17 (58-41) for the remainder of the contest.