Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 20, 2012

College women: Nolan leads Lady Blues to win in opener

Staff reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — Tasia Nolan came off the bench and scored a career-high 26 points to go along with a career-high 14 rebounds to lead Bluefield State to their first season-opening win in five seasons with an 81-79 victory over University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in their WVIAC opener Tuesday night in the Sports Center.

It was The Lady Blues first ever win over Pitt-Johnstown.

The Lady Blues open the season at 1-0 (1-0, WVIAC), their first season-opening win since 2006 when they edged King College (Tenn.)

Charity Harris added 19 points and five assists for Bluefield State, while Charlene Diggs had 13 second half points, which moved her to fifth on the all-time scoring list for the Lady Blues.

Kaitlyn Fratz led UPJ (0-2) with 21 points.

Bluefield State will host Glenville State in their home opener on Nov. 29.

Alderson-Broaddus 73, Concord 68

PHILIPPI — The Lady Lions erased a 16-point second half deficit to force overtime but ultimately fell short against the Battlers.

Sophomore forward and Honaker, Va., product Rachel Artrip scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Artrip went 5-for-12 from three-point range. Junior guard Amanda Smith added 16 points as Concord’s second-leading scorer.

Concord (2-3, 1-1) also received nine points each from Jacqueline Kestner and Tanisha Williams. Williams and Stephanie Wagner both had three steals with Wagner also passing out a team-best six assists.

Alderson-Broaddus improved 1-1, and 1-0 in the WVIAC.

Concord will host UVa-Wise on Nov. 27.

Bethel 73, Bluefield 60

McKENZIE, Tenn. — The Lady Rams lost for the first time this season, dropping a Mid-South Conference decision to Bethel, which entered as the 22nd ranked team in NAIA.

Bethel (8-1) had four starters in double-figures led by Alisha Gentry who netted 20 points.

The Rams were led by Teqa McNeal who scored a game-high 21 points and a career and game-high 13 rebounds. Ashley White provided 10 points while Janee Simmons added nine points and eight rebounds in the loss.

The Rams (6-1, 2-0) travels to play Division I High Point in an exhibition on Sunday. Bluefield dropped a 70-40 decision last Sunday in an exhibition at Radford.