Glenville State women look to keep rolling after 3-1 start
GLENVILLE — A new week and two more games are on tap for the Glenville State College women’s basketball team of fifth-year head coach Kim Stephens, who are currently 3-1 and ranked No. 16 in the latest WBCA Division II poll.
Following a tough 91-86 home setback to Charleston in their second game, the Pioneers were tied 50-all inside the Waco Center against Davis & Elkins. GSC proceeded to score a Division II record 48 points in the third quarter en route to a blowout win.
A 98-53 drubbing this past Saturday at W.Va. Wesleyan followed and now the Pioneers will play host at 5 p.m. today to Wheeling University.
“They came out in the second half ready to go,” Stephens recalled of the 48 point outburst, which broke the previous record for points in a period of 47 set by Carson-Newman against Georgia College back in 2017.
“I would probably say that was definitely one of our top single quarter performances.”
Not only do the Pioneers now own the single period record, but GSC also holds the D2 mark for points in a half with 88, which was established in 2019 against Frostburg State.
Currently, the Pioneers lead the country in scoring offense at 108.2. Coach Stephens’ club is tied for first in assists per game, ranks third in assist-to-turnover ratio, is fourth in steals per game and is tied for fourth in turnover margin.
“The way we play it usually takes a little longer,” Stephens said of everyone getting used to each other.
“This is my fifth year and we’ve dropped our second game of the season four out of the five years.”
In the Pioneers’ blowout win on Saturday, Re’Shawna Stone — a first team all-Mountain East Conference selection last year — came off the bench to pump in a game-high 24 points.
Stone is joined in averaging double figures in scoring by Taychaun Hubbard, Zakiyah Winfield and Mashayla Cecil.
“We went in and had a really hard film session and they responded, played a lot harder versus D&E than they did versus Charleston,” noted the coach.
“They needed to see they weren’t as good as they thought they were and weren’t playing as hard as they thought they were playing and we had to reel things back in.”
Despite being in the heart of MEC play, the Pioneers are having to figure out their rotations on the fly.
For now, coach Stephens is just trying to plug along and keep the wins coming.
“I’ve learned not to look too far ahead,” said the coach, whose program plays 2 p.m. Saturday at West Liberty.
“The limit is whatever the limit ends up being. We’re going to take it one game at a time.”
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