Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The Bluefield College women's basketball team used a balanced scoring attack to avoid its first four-game skid of the season on Monday evening, defeating West Virginia Tech on the road, 93-77.
Bluefield leveled its record at 13-13 with the win, while the Golden Bears drop to 9-13.
Teqa McNeal paced the Bluefield offense with 18 points, while the senior guard also ripped down a game-high and season-high 11 rebounds. Fellow senior Janee Simmons was close behind with 17 points and Alexis Grant rounded out double-figure scorers with 12. Simmons and Tolliver each grabbed nine rebounds as BC held an overwhelming 69-30 advantage on the glass.
The Golden Bears were aided by a career-high 35 points from Nia Nolan, while Elizabeht Evans and Cheyanna Lusk chipped in 16 and 13 points, respectively.
Bluefield pulled out to a 16-10 lead through a little more than six minutes of play, but the Golden Bears hung around for much of the first half. There were five ties and three lead changes in the first half, but the last tie would come at 30-30 with 4:41 remaining until the break.
From there, McNeal hit three jumpers in a row for the Lady Rams and kickstarted a 14-5 rally. WVU-Tech's Evans then hit a three with six seconds remaining in the half to make it 44-38, BC, at the break.
The hosts knocked down a three to open the second half, but it would be the closest they could come within for the rest of the night.
BC used small runs and throughout the second half to steadily pull away, starting with a 10-0 run to break open a 65-51 advantage. Tolliver hit a free throw at the 12:37 mark, then knocked down two more on BC's next possession to begin the run. McNeal knocked down a three while buckets from Megan Tennant and Monique Robson finished it off.
WVU-Tech answered with seven-straight points, four of which came on the free throw line from Nolan.
The advantage stood at 10 points once again at 71-61, and BC had a 7-2 spurt to gain a 15-point lead with 5:28 to play.
The Golden Bears couldn't muster a charge the rest of the way as BC claimed the 93-77 win.
Both teams visited the foul line frequently on the night, BC knocking down 20-of-26 (76.9%) attempts and WVU-Tech hitting 21-of-29 (72.4%).
Bluefield held the advantage from the field, going 33-for-79 (41.8%) compared to the host's 22-for-69 (31.9%). WVU-Tech hit 12 threes on the evening on 26 attempts, while BC was 7-for-19—with Jade McDaniel hitting 3-of-4 attempts.
The Lady Rams received 43 points from their bench, as 13 players scored in the contest.
Bluefield's big advantage on the offensive glass earned them a 20-point edge in second chance points (33-13)
Bluefield plays at the Dome on Thursday and Saturday in the team's final games of the regular season. Both are Mid-South Conference matchups, as St. Catharine visits on Thursday and Campbellsville on Saturday. Thursday will serve as BC's Pink Out game and Saturday is Senior Day. Tip on Thursday evening is at 6 p.m.