By BRIAN WOODSON
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The regular season comes to end today for all six local college basketball teams.
Two of the three schools will play each other when Concord hosts Bluefield State. The women will play at 2 p.m., and the men will follow at 4 at the Carter Center.
Bluefield College will host Cumberland, Tn. today, also at 2 and 4, at the Dome Gymnasium.
The West Virginia Conference tournament begins with women’s quarterfinal games on Monday, with the men following on Tuesday. The rest of the event, including Saturday’s championship games, will be played at the Charleston Civic Center.
The Mid-South Conference will hosts its tournament on Feb. 28-March 3 in Frankfort, Ky.
Only the top eight teams in the MSC qualifies for tournament play. The Lady Rams will compete in the event, but Bluefield men will not.
•Bluefield State women (12-12, 10-11) at Concord (7-20, 6-15).
Bluefield State has struggled to a 2-8 record since starting the season at 10-4. The Lady Blues, who have lost three straight, must win today to have any hopes of hosting a first round WVIAC tournament game on Monday.
Bluefield State defeated Concord 89-69 on Jan. 5. The Lady Blues are led by Shae Mebane (11.5 ppg, 7 reb), Charlene Diggs (11.3) and Charity Harris (10-7).
Concord is led by Princeton’s Amanda Smith (13.7 ppg), Rachel Artrip (11.4) of Honaker and Stephanie Wagner (10.0). The Lady Lions, who will be on the road on Monday, have lost two straight and six of their last seven games.
•Bluefield State men (4-21, 4-17) at Concord (15-10, 11-10).
Concord appears destined to host a first round WVIAC game on Tuesday with a win over the Big Blues, who are coming off an overtime win against West Virginia State.
The Mountain Lions lost to Glenville State in overtime on Thursday, but had won their previous four games. Damien Tunstalle (16.2 ppg, 5.8 reb) leads the Lions, needing just 22 points to become the 33rd player at Concord to reach 1,000 points for a career.
Mike Boyd is providing 11.3 points and 4.4 assists a game for the Lions.
Bluefield State, which will be on the road on Tuesday, is led by Roy Cooper (15.1 ppg) and Vincent Rogers (12.7 ppg).
Concord won the earlier meeting 72-68.
•Cumberland, Tn. men (9-18, 5-13) at Bluefield College (8-17, 4-15).
One Cumberland down, one to go.
Bluefield will play its final game of the season, having beaten Cumberlands, Ky. 76-64 on Thursday, and Cumberland, Tn. is in town today.
Byron Carpenter will conclude his remarkable career for the Rams, having scored 1,763 points in three seasons for the Rams. He ranks in the top five nationally with 22.3 points per game this season.
Kearsten Marion (15.9 ppg) and Pierre Walters (12.8 ppg) also contribute for the Rams.
Cumberland, which beat Bluefield 94-92 earlier this season, is paced by Brian Blackmon (10.6 ppg).
•Cumberland, Tn. (25-2, 16-2) at Bluefield (16-13, 8-11)
Bluefield will close out the regular season against the sixth ranked NAIA team in America. The Lady Rams will play in the MSC tournament next week, possibly against Lindsey Wilson in the opening round on Friday.
The Lady Rams, who have has lost two straight and five of seven, are led by Teqa McNeal (17.7 ppg, 5.2 reb), Ashley White (16.6 ppg, 4.9 ast), Janee Simmons (11.2 ppg, 8.8 reb) and Monique Robson (10.5 ppg).
Leading the Bulldogs is Jessica Pace, who is scoring 12.9 points a game. Cumberland won the earlier meeting this season 80-41.
In addition to playing in the Mid-South tournament next week, the Lady Rams will participate and host the National Christian College Athletic Association Mid-East Regional, possibly on March 7-8, and would likely play in the national tournament as well.
—Contact Brian Woodson