By BOB REDD
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The Bluefield State College Lady Blues gained their first home win of the season Friday night in the Sheetz/Herb Sims Classic, defeating West Virginia University Tech 80-52.
Key in the first half was the Lady Blues defense which held WVUT to 20 percent shooting from the field in the first 20 minutes. The Golden Bears connected on 4-of-24 shots. Bluefield State mad 15-of-40 shots in the first half and carried a 38-16 lead into the intermission.
“We’ve been really stressing defense, defense, defense,” said BSC head coach J.J. Oliver. “I think this may be the fewest points we’ve allowed this season. It is definitely something for us to be happy about, definitely something for these kids to be proud of.”
In the second half both teams shot 50 percent from the field, but State was able to increase its lead, going up by as many as 32 points before claiming the 28-point victory.
Kearah Jefferys led the Lady Blues with 21 points. She was 8-of-15 from the field including one-of-two from behind the three point line and four-for-four from the free throw line. Additionally she had six assists and three steals.
Shay Gravely and Indy Hauser also scored in double digits, each with 15. Hauser made three treys.
Tasia Nolan led BSC with 10 rebounds and also had three steals and a block. As a team Bluefield State had 15 steals. The Lady Blues had 29 defensive rebounds and 47 boards overall, compared to 38 rebounds for West Virginia Tech.
The Golden Bears had a pair of players with 15 points, Nia Nolan and Roche Wimberly. Wimberly also had a team-high seven rebounds and Elizabeth Evans had six boards.
“It’s always good to get a win at home. It’s good to get a win period, but it’s especially good tonight because our ladies have been working hard and this is a reward for them,” Oliver said.
“We were able to knock down some shots, one of the things we had been struggling to do all year, and just getting these kids confidence is important because we’re not even halfway home yet and I think we’ve got an excellent team.”
In the opening game of the Classic, Glenville State rolled past Bowie State 130-85.
The Lady Pioneers made 21 three-point shots and were led by Kenyell Goodson with 22 points.
Glenville State scored 72 in the second half and forced 28 turnovers.
Ashley Castle was Bowie State’s top scorer with 15.
The Classic concludes this afternoon with Glenville State playing WVU Tech at 2 p.m. and Bluefield State battling Bowie State at 4 p.m.