Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Freshman Tori Patrick scored a game- and career-high 16 points on efficient 5-of-8 shooting, and the Bluefield State women’s basketball team limited Ohio Valley to just a 23.1 percent effort from the field in a convincing 84-47 win over the Fighting Scots Monday night.
Patrick’s outburst led a group of three Lady Blues posting double figures in scoring.
With the win, BSC improved to 2-2 overall and in the league, its best start to a season since 2007-08, when the Lady Blues also started the season 2-2.
Ohio Valley dropped to 0-7 (0-4 WVIAC).
Juniors Shay Gravely and Charity Harris contributed to the Lady Blues’ offensive potency scoring 15 and 12 points respectively. Gravely also led the team with six boards. Amy Brooks led Ohio Valley with 12 points.
BSC scored 27 points off the Fighting Scots’ 28 turnovers and their bench out-scored Ohio Valley’s reserves, 37-10.
The Lady Blues built a 10-0 lead in less than four minutes. BSC finished the frame on a commanding 12-3 spurt, taking a 43-22 lead into the locker room at halftime.
BSC eventually built a game-high 39-point lead, 84-45, with 15 seconds remaining.
The Lady Blues travel to Division I Liberty University in Lynchburg for their final exhibition game of the season at 7 p.m. Thursday night. The Flames are the reigning Big South regular season and tournament champions.
Men’s game: OVU 74, Bluefield State 65
The Bluefield State men used their rebounding prowess to give Ohio Valley fits all night, but struggled from the field and at the line in losing 74-65 to the Fighting Scots Monday night in the Snyder Activity Center.
After taking a 33-30 lead into the half and tying the game at 62 with 3:17 to play, the Big Blues allowed OVU to score 12 of the game’s final 15 points in the game where BSC couldn’t convert when it needed to – going 0-for-6 from the field and 3-for-5 from the charity stripe to close out the game.
Big Blues’ freshman guard Avery Holliday made his second start and scored a career- best 12 points, to go along with eight rebounds. Senior Vincent Rogers continued to be a force for BSC, recording his second double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Johnny Uhegwu inserted a spark from the bench, as the Big Blues reserves outscored the Fighting Scots’ bench 28-19.
Ohio Valley used senior Ashton Brown’s 18 points and seven rebounds to secure their first conference win of the season.
Despite the loss, BSC delivered a quality effort on the boards in logging a season-best 54 rebounds, including 26 offensive rebounds. They also swiped a season-high 17 steals. But it was the Big Blues’ cold shooting from the field (30.4 percent) and the line (45.2 percent) that prevented BSC from earning its first win of the season.
The Big Blues (0-7, 0-4 WVIAC) will get another chance for a win on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. when BSC travels to Bristol, Va. to face Virginia Intermont College in non-conference action.