By Kyle Lovern
February 26, 2014
MONTGOMERY, W. Va. - Junior guard Nia Nolan scored a career-high 35 points, but it wasn’t quite enough as the WVU Tech women’s basketball team’s four-game winning streak was snapped Monday evening by Bluefield College (Va.). The Golden Bears fell to 9-13 in the 93-77 loss at the Baisi Athletic Center while the Rams improved to 13-13 this season.
Nolan stole the ball in the first half with 4:46 left to play and was able to dish to junior guard Noelani Woodson who tied up the game, 30-30. The Rams went on a 13-8 run to gain a 44-38 lead before heading to the locker room.
The Golden Bears came within six points towards knotting the game when sophomore guard Cheyanna Lusk converted on two free throws with 8:41 left to play but Bluefield College proved too much in the end, taking the victory, 93-77.
For the sixth consecutive game, Tech had at least three players in double figures.
Nolan’s career day came off of an 8-for-20 shooting performorance from the field that included four three-pointers. She also went 15-for-16 from the foul line, making her 28-for-33 (84.8 percent) the last two games, to boost her overall free throw percentage to 77.9 percent on the season.
Freshman guard Elizabeth Evans, a graduate of Tug Valley, recorded 16 points, three assists, and two steals for the Golden Bears while Lusk produced 13 points to go with her five rebounds and three assists.
Senior guard Tracee Mitchel came off the bench and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds while also blocking five Ram shots and chipping in six points in 19 minutes of play.
For the game, the Golden Bears were out rebounded by Bluefield (69-30), but Tech bested the Rams in three-point field goal percentage (46.2-36.8). Tech also edged the Rams in steals (14-4) and forced 24 Bluefield turnovers compared to their 14.
Bluefield was led by senior guard Teqa McNeal, who produced team-highs and a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds.
The Golden Bears will look to get back to their winning ways when they host Bluefield State College for Senior Day, Saturday, March 1. Tip-off at the Baisi Athletic Center is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.