Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

January 14, 2013

Lady Blues beat defending league champs

Big Blues lose at W.Va. Wesleyan

BUCKHANNON — Senior Dragana Tomic scored 11 second-half points to help the Bluefield State women’s basketball team defeat the reigning WVIAC champions West Virginia Wesleyan 61-47, Monday night in Rockefeller Center.

In their first road WVIAC game of the new year, the Lady Blues (9-4, 7-3 WVIAC) improved on their first-half performance that saw BSC shoot just 37 percent from the field to shoot nearly 44 percent (14-for-32) in the second half for their fourth win in their last five contests.

Tomic, who scored just four points in the first half, led the Lady Blues offensive charge with 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting for the contest. Fellow senior Charlene Diggs shot 5-of-8 from the field to finish with 12 points.

For the Lady Bobcats (4-8, 3-6) Atavia Blake scored 15 and Danesha Richardson added 11 points as BSC held the home team to a season-low in points.

The Lady Blues did well with their limited trips to the free-throw line, making 10-of-11 from the charity stripe, led by Tomic (4-for-4) and Shae Mebane (3-for-4).

BSC edged WVWC on the glass 39-35, led by Mebane with a game-high nine rebounds.

The Lady Blues jumped out to a 20-8 lead in the initial 12 minutes, capped by a Shay Gravely layup, but saw their lead trimmed to 20-14 over the next three minutes.

The teams went into the locker room with BSC leading 30-21.

In the second half, Tomic jump-started the Lady Blues offense scoring their initial six points, to give BSC a 36-26 lead.

The smothering Lady Blues defense held the Lady Bobcats in check in the final eight minutes, limiting them to only six points for the remainder of the game.

*****

Men’s game: D&E 77, BSC 75

The Big Blues held their own in the first half  down only five, 39-34, but the Bobcats pulled away in the second half to defeat Bluefield State.

Antoine Bryant and Johnny Uhegwu led the BSC offense with 10 points apiece and Uhegwu led the team with eight rebounds.

WVWC was led by reigning WVIAC Player of the Week Kelsey Williams who posted a double-double with 27 points and 14 rebounds. They also received double-digit scoring from T.J. Thompson with 18, Raymond Warren posted a double-double of his own with 10 points and 11 assists and Noah Cottrill chipped in 10 points.

The Big Blues won the battle on the boards, out-rebounding the Bobcats 36-29.

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