Cardinals Heading to Charleston
The Lady Cardinals held off Pitt Johnstown 77-76 to win in overtime
earning them a spot in the Semifinals in
Charleston on Wed. Feb 27 at 3pm.
Mueller lead the Cardinals with 23
points 12 rebounds while Lindsay Stuckey
added 20 more points.
Lindsay Stuckey's three-pointer from the
corner with five seconds remaining in
overtime spoiled Pitt Johnstown's
first-ever WVIAC Tournament contest as
Wheeling Jesuit escaped with a 77-76
#1 Shepherd (21-5) vs. #9 Wheeling
Jesuit (11-17), 3:00 p.m.
Key Players: SU: F-Katie Warehime (13.6
ppg, 5.5 rpg), G-Krissy Grosselin (12.2
ppg, 2.7 rpg), F-Laura Harkins (11.0 ppg,
5.4 rpg); WJU: G-Lindsay Stuckey (16.7
ppg, 4.8 rpg), G-Shayla Holenka (9.8 ppg,
How They Got Here: Shepherd earned a
first round bye via their WVIAC regular
season title...Wheeling Jesuit nipped
Pitt Johnstown in 77-76 on Lindsay
Stuckey's three-pointer with five
Regular Season Meeting: Shepherd won
61-52 on February 11...The Rams owned
the backboards with a 49-30 rebounding
Quick Hitters: Shepherd has limited 59
of their past 60 opponents to 50% or
less shooting from the field...SU is
20-2 following a 1-3 start...SU's 12
straight wins and 21 victories on the
season are school records...The Rams
have dropped eight straight contests in
the WVIAC quarterfinals...WJU ran their
WVIAC Tournament win streak to nine
contests with their dramatic victory at
Pitt Johnstown...Kim Mueller scored a
season-high 23 points in the UPJ win.
WVIAC Women's Basketball Tournament
First Round Game Previews
All games Monday, 2/25 at 7:30 p.m.
#9 Wheeling Jesuit (10-17, 9-11) at #8
Pitt Johnstown (10-17, 9-11)
Key Players: WJU: G-Lindsay Stuckey
(16.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg), G-Shayla Holenka
(10.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg); UPJ-G-Lindsay Cale
(12.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg), G-Sheena Aden (9.9
ppg, 4.7 rpg).
Regular Season Result: WJU won 74-62 at
home on February 7.
Quick Hitters: WJU has won eight
straight WVIAC Tournament first round
games...UPJ is playing in their first
WVIAC Tournament contest...WJU finished
the regular season with five wins in
their last seven games with the lone
setbacks to league powers Shepherd and
West Liberty State.
#10 Salem International (9-18, 8-12) at
#7 Glenville State (16-11, 14-6)
Key Players: SIU: G-Jeannie Saunders
(17.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 4.6 apg), G-Tapre
Young (14.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg); GSC: C-Karina
Kendrick (14.2 ppg, 11.7 rpg), G-Donita
Adams (15.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg).
Regular Season Result: SIU won 80-73 in
Glenville on February 2 to snap a
24-game Lady Pioneer home win streak.
Quick Hitters: GSC is 97-4 at home in
their last 101 contests in Lilly
Gymnasium, but dropped their regular
season finale to West Virginia Wesleyan
68-64...Lady Pioneer center Karina
Kendrick leads the WVIAC with 16
double-doubles...SIU guard Jeannie
Saunders is a two-time All-WVIAC first
team selection...The Tigers hit on 16 of
31 three-pointers in their win at
Glenville earlier this season.
#11 West Virginia State (7-20, 5-15) at
#6 Charleston (17-10, 14-6)
Key Players: WVSU: G-Brittany Mingo
(19.3 ppg, 6.8 rpg), F-Sandrea Coleman
(9.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg); UC: G-Emily Jones
(12.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg), F-Jihan Williams
(10.6 ppg, 8.9 rpg).
Regular Season Results: Charleston
claimed a sweep of their crosstown
rivals with 84-64 and 73-62 victories.
Quick Hitters: The teams met in
Saturday's regular season finale as
Kaitlyn Arick's 23 points and 13
rebounds helped UC overcome a
three-point halftime deficit to win on
the road...Charleston has reached the
WVIAC Tournament semifinals in each of
the past five seasons...WVSU head coach
Gill Heasley is retiring at the
conclusion of this season.
#12 Bluefield State (7-20, 5-15) at #5
West Virginia Wesleyan (16-10, 14-6)
Key Players: BSC: F-Laila Shareef (12.2
ppg, 5.7 rpg), G-Sasha Simmons (12.0 ppg,
2.9 rpg); WVWC: F-Sarah Van Horn (20.4
ppg, 10.2 rpg), G-Lucia Darling (11.0
ppg, 5.8 apg).
Regular Season Results: Wesleyan swept
the season series with 74-45 and 64-42
Quick Hitters: WVWC limited BSC to 28%
shooting from the field in each regular
season matchup...Sarah Van Horn is only
the second Wesleyan player to earn WVIAC
Women's Basketball Player of the Year
honors...The Lady Blues have been on the
verge of major upsets several times in
2007-08...BSC lost to WVIAC contenders
Concord, West Liberty State, Fairmont
State, and Charleston by six points or
#13 Alderson-Broaddus (4-23, 3-17) at #4
Concord (19-8, 15-5)
Key Players: A-B: G-Stephanie Phatiphong
(8.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg), F-Tori Charley (8.3
ppg, 4.5 rpg); CU: F-Samm Nester (14.7
ppg, 5.0 rpg), G-Jamie Cluesman (7.4 ppg,
Regular Season Results: Concord won
71-57 at A-B in December, but the
Battlers returned the favor with a 67-60
upset win in Athens during January.
Quick Hitters: A win would give Concord
back-to-back 20-win seasons for the
first time in school history...CU point
guard Jamie Cluesman dished out 19
assists in Saturday's rout of Bluefield
State...A-B's upset win in Athens was
led by Tiffany Thompson's season-high 15
points...Nine different players see at
least ten minutes per game of playing
time for the Battlers.
#14 Davis & Elkins (6-21, 3-17) at #3
Fairmont State (21-6, 15-5)
Key Players: D&E: C-Courtney Pawlak
(15.3 ppg, 8.1 rpg), G-Cara Waybright
(13.8 ppg, 4.7 apg); FSU: F-Danielle
Cornish (13.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg), F-Gabby
Gattuso (11.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg).
Regular Season Result: Fairmont State
took a 68-44 home win during early
Quick Hitters: Fairmont State is 13-1 at
Joe Retton Arena this season...Only
three opponents have scored more than 70
points in a game versus FSU in
2007-08...D&E enters the game with a
14-game losing skid...Fairmont State has
won the last seven games in the series
dating back to a 63-48 D&E win in
December 2001...Each victory in the
current Lady Falcon streak has came by
15 or more points.
#15 Ohio Valley (3-24, 3-17) at #2 West
Liberty State (24-3, 17-3)
Key Players: OVU: G-Britney Brooks (14.2
ppg, 3.9 apg), F-Natasha Holloway (12.2
ppg, 6.5 rpg); WLSC: G-Renee Farina
(12.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg), G-Lisa Perry (7.4
ppg, 9.9 apg).
Regular Season Results: West Liberty
State claimed both meetings by counts of
78-56 and 85-56.
Quick Hitters: West Liberty State enters
the postseason with a 14-game win
streak...The Lady Toppers are ranked
second in the East Region...WLSC has an
amazing streak of reaching the WVIAC
Tournament semifinals in each of the
past 14 seasons...Topper point guard
Lisa Perry handed out 19 assists in last
Thursday's 85-56 win against Ohio
2008 WVIAC Women's Basketball Tournament
Monday, 2/25---First Round (all games at
campus sites, 7:30 p.m.)
G1: #9 Wheeling Jesuit (10-17, 9-11) at
#8 Pitt Johnstown (10-17, 9-11)
G2: #10 Salem International (9-18, 8-12)
at #7 Glenville State (16-11, 14-6)
G3: #11 West Virginia State (7-20, 5-15)
at #6 Charleston (17-10, 14-6)
G4: #12 Bluefield State (7-20, 5-15) at
#5 West Virginia Wesleyan (16-10, 14-6)
G5: #13 Alderson-Broaddus (4-23, 3-17)
at #4 Concord (19-8, 15-5)
G6: #14 Davis & Elkins (6-21, 3-17) at
#3 Fairmont State (21-6, 15-5)
G7: #15 Ohio Valley (3-24, 3-17) at #2
West Liberty State (23-4, 17-3)
Wednesday, 2/27---Quarterfinals at
Charleston Civic Center
G8: Winner G4 vs. Winner G5 1:00 p.m.
G9: #1 Shepherd (21-5, 18-2) vs. Winner
of G1 3:00 p.m.
G10: Winner G2 vs. Winner G7 6:30 p.m.
G11: Winner G3 vs. Winner G6 8:30 p.m.
Friday, 2/29---Semifinals at Charleston
G12: Winner G10 vs. Winner G11 1:00 p.m.
G13: Winner G8 vs. Winner G9 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, 3/1---Championship at
Charleston Civic Center
G14: Winner G12 vs. Winner G13 6:00 p.m.
NOTE: Tie between WV Wesleyan and
Charleston for fifth was broken by coin
WVIAC to Offer Family Pack Promotion at
(PRINCETON, W.Va.)---A family pack including four general admission tickets, four hot dogs, four popcorns, and four drinks for $25 will be available on Friday and Saturday evenings at the upcoming WVIAC Basketball Tournament. At least two of the tickets must be for children under 18 in order to take advantage of the bargain plan.
Reserved tickets good for all contests of the 71st annual event are on sale by members of the Charleston Lions Club for $30 each. Advance tickets may be bought from the Charleston Lions Club at 304/343-9415. Admission for each session is $8 at the gate in the Charleston Civic Center.
Lady Cards dominate Salem University
The Lady Cardinals hosted the Salem University Tigers on
Thursday. WJU played very well in the first half of the game. The team was
able to spread the ball and play solid defense against Salem University. The
Cards went three for five from the three-point line and recorded ten steals
in the first half. The points were scored somewhat evenly between the team
with Shayla Holenka leading the way putting up 13 points. The Cardinals went
into halftime with a comfortable 43-27 lead.
WJU carried the momentum into the second half of the game. They were able
to control the game on both sides of the ball and continue to score. Lindsay
Stuckey finished the game with 21 points and the Cardinals went on to win
the game 76-56. The next home game for the Cardinals is on February 23rd
against West Liberty State College.
Lady Cards host Pitt-Johnstown
The Lady Cardinals went up against visiting Pitt-Johnstown
on Thursday. WJU played excellent in the first half of the game and
established a quick lead. Lindsay Stuckey had a great first half, putting up
twelve points. The Cardinals were able to maintain a lead even though
Pitt-Johnstown went five for eight from the three-point line. WJU was ahead
after the first half, 39-36.
The Cardinals never looked back in the second half. The solid defense
continued for WJU, as they were able to pull down a majority of the rebounds
that came their way. On the other side of the ball, Lindsay Stuckey
continued her solid shooting in the second half going ten for fourteen from
the floor. The Lady Cardinals played a solid game on both ends of the court
and came out with the victory, 74-62. The next game for the Cardinals will
be at home against Salem International on Thursday, February 14th.
Lady Cards lose to Charleston
The University of Charleston was in town going up against the
Lady Cardinals on Monday. Charleston came out shooting very well and playing
tough defense. They were five for nine from the three-point line. However,
WJU played well in the first half of the game and was able to keep pace with
the Golden Eagles. Leading the way for the Lady Cards was Lindsay Stuckey,
scoring nine points including a last second three-point shot to end the half
with a score of 33-38 in favor of the Eagles.
The second half of the game was much more difficult for the Cardinals.
They were having trouble on both sides of the ball. WJU especially struggled
from the three-point line, going 4 for 13. In the end, Charleston was too
much for the Lady Cardinals to handle and lost the game, 55-71. The next
game for the Lady Cards will be at home on Thursday, February 7th against
the University of Pitt-Johnstown.
Lady Cards lose to Seton Hill
The Lady Cardinals were in action on Monday evening as they
hosted the Seton Hill Griffins. WJU was looking to rebound from a tough loss
to Glenville. Seton Hill’s defense played strong in the first half of the
game. However, the Cardinals found a way to stick with them and managed to
put up points in the beginning. Toward the middle of the second half, the
Cardinals found it difficult to stop the Griffins on defense. It was
especially hard for the Cards to stop Katie Lintner, who recorded 14 points
in the first half. WJU would have to find a way to erase a 13-point deficit
in the second half as they trailed, 28-41.
The Cardinals struggled on both sides of the ball in the second half of
the game as well. The bright spot in the Cardinals offense was Lindsay
Stuckey who recorded 20 points. It was a difficult game for the Cardinals,
who lost to the Griffins of Seton Hill by a score of 61-83. The next home
game for the Lady Cardinals will be against the University of Charleston on
Monday, February 4th at 5:30.
Lady Cards struggle against Glenville State
The Lady Cardinals were in action at home against Glenville
State on Saturday evening. The Cards played very well and kept the game
close against the Lady Pioneers. Shayla Holenka put up 11 points in the
first half. Lindsay Stuckey was next in scoring with 9 points. The game
remained close as the Cards played well on both sides of the ball. The score
at halftime was tied at 28.
WJU had a difficult time stopping Glenville’s offense in the second half
of the game. The Lady Pioneers had a much easier time against the Cardinal
defense. On the other side, WJU found it much more difficult to score on
Glenville State. However, Shayla Holenka recorded 15 points in the second
half. The difficult part for the Cardinals was the three-point shooting.
They went 2-7 from behind the arc. WJU will hope to rebound for the upcoming
game. The next game for the Cardinals will be at home against Seton Hill
University on Monday, January 28th. WJU athletics is celebrating Catholic
Schools Week during the next set of home games. They will recognize the
Catholic schools and students that are in attendance at the game. There will
also be activities at halftime during the games as well as prizes and
giveaways. Members of the Wheeling Nailers hockey team as well as Spike the
Mascot will be there to sign autographs.
Lady Cards fall to WV Wesleyan
The lady Cardinals hosted the West Virginia Wesleyan
Bobcats on Thursday afternoon. It was a defensive struggle for Wheeling
Jesuit. The Bobcats had 13 steals in the first half of the game. Leading the
way in scoring for WJU was Kristen King with 10 points. Wesleyan played very
well on offense, scoring 42 points in the first half. The score at the half
was 42-17 in favor of Wesleyan.
The defensive struggles continued in the second half
for the Cardinals. However Kelsey Deming put up 11 points off the bench for
WJU. The Bobcats proved to be too much in the end, winning the game 70-43.
Then next game for the lady Cards will be held on Saturday, January 26th
when they host Glenville State.
Lady Cards vs. West Virginia
The Lady Cardinals went up
against the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets on Saturday evening. Wheeling
Jesuit was coming off of an impressive win against Ohio Valley University.
They were looking to carry that energy over against the Jackets. The first
half was a close one as the Jackets took a lead early but Jesuit came back
and established a small lead of its own. The remainder of the half went back
and forth between the two teams. Neither team could put up big points due to
great defensive play. The score was 30-28 in favor of West Virginia State
going into the second half.
With what looked to be a
close game turned out to be just the opposite. Jesuit could not seem to find
its grove on either side of the ball. WV State controlled the game for the
second half, going 25-55 from the floor. In the end, WV State proved to be
too much for Wheeling Jesuit. The Lady Cardinals will be in action on
Monday, January 14th at West Liberty State College.
Lady Cards host Ohio Valley University
The Cardinals were in action hosting Ohio Valley University on Thursday
evening. Both teams have been struggling this season and OVU was looking to
get into the win column for the first time. WJU seemed to underestimate the
Fighting Scots in the beginning of the contest. OVU was on a roll right from
the tip-off scoring 6 quick points. It took Wheeling Jesuit a little longer
to begin clicking in the first half. However, they began playing their game
and came back to make it a close contest. WJU went 12 for 28 from the floor
but shot just 4 for 11 from beyond the arc. The halftime score stood 36-35
in favor of the Cardinals.
The second half of the game was back and forth for the majority. Wheeling
Jesuit built up a large lead only to see OVU come back. However, in the end
the Cardinals were too much for the Fighting Scots of OVU. Leading the way
for the Lady Cardinals was Lindsay Stuckey, who went 9 for 15 from inside.
WJU came away with the victory, 75-62. The Lady Cardinals next game will be
at home against WV State on Saturday, January 12th at 6 p.m.
WJU Tip-Off Classic - Day 2
The second day of the
Wheeling Jesuit Tip-Off Classic began Saturday with a game between West
Liberty State College and Wayne State. West Liberty came out strong from the
very beginning. The team hit 9 three-point shots in the first half. Wayne
State struggled to score early, which proved costly in the first half of the
game. West Liberty led the game at the half by a score of 30-18.
Wayne State improved their
offense in the second half of the game. West Liberty saw their lead begin to
diminish somewhat midway through the second half. However, they were able to
get back on track and pull away with a 75-51 victory.
The Wheeling Jesuit
Cardinals played against Gannon University on the second day of the
tournament. The Lady Cardinals looked to rebound after their loss to Wayne
State. The two teams appeared to be very evenly matched in this contest.
They looked solid on both sides of the ball. The edge went to Gannon
however; they led the Cardinals at the half by a score of 33-27.
Gannon dominated the second
half of the game. They outscored the Cardinals 35-15. The Cardinals were
only 1 for 8 from the 3-point line in the second half. It looked like it
would be a close game from the beginning, however Gannon came away with the
win 68-42. The next game for the Lady Cardinals will be Tuesday, November 20th
at California University of Pennsylvania. Be sure to log on to
athletics.wju.edu to catch all of the action.
WJU Tip-Off Classic
Wheeling, WV - The WJU Tip-Off Classic officially began
on Friday night. The first game of the tournament was West Liberty State
College against Gannon University. The first half of the game was a
close one. West Liberty had the upper hand however leading by a score of
35-28 by halftime.
The second half of the game was even closer. Both teams were shooting
extremely well and exchanged baskets throughout the half. The score was
71-68 in favor of West Liberty with just 20 seconds to play. Gannon had
the ball but could not get the three point shot they needed to tie the
game. The final score was 71-68.
The second game of the evening featured Wheeling Jesuit University
against Wayne State. Wayne State dominated the first several minutes of
the game. They took a commanding 10-0 lead. However, WJU fought back,
and toward the end of the half took the lead over Wayne State. With the
game tied at 20, Wayne State hit a 3-point shot. By the end of the first
half, the score was 23-20 in favor of Wayne State.
The second half of the game was a difficult one for the Cardinals.
They struggled on both sides of the ball. Wayne State proved to be too
much and came away with the victory by a score of 65-52.
CU, FSU, UC Top WVIAC Women's Basketball Coaches' Poll
(PRINCETON, W.Va.)---If the annual coaches' poll is any
indication, the 2007-08 WVIAC women's basketball season is slated to be one of
change. The league's head coaches have selected Concord as the favorite to
claim the school's first-ever WVIAC regular season title. Traditional
powerhouse Glenville State is picked eleventh after a tumultous off-season. Add
newcomers Pitt Johnstown and Seton Hill to the mix and it could be a very
interesting season in the WVIAC women's basketball ranks.
Concord received nine first place votes to sit atop the poll. Second place
Fairmont State got four nods for the top spot and is second. Charleston
garnered the remaining two first place votes to place third. West Liberty State
and Shepherd round out the top five.
Pitt Johnstown, Wheeling Jesuit, and West Virginia complete the upper half of
the predictions in sixth through eighth. Seton Hill, Salem International,
Glenville State, and Ohio Valley sit in the ninth through twelveth spots.
Alderson-Broaddus, West Virginia State, Bluefield State, and Davis & Elkins
complete the balloting.
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