Glenville State’s women’s basketball team continued their hot start on Thursday afternoon in Lilly Gymnasium, running their record to a perfect 10-0. The Lady Pioneers defeated Wheeling Jesuit’s Lady Cardinals, 77-67 in front of packed house in Glenville, WV.
The first half was tightly contested throughout, with neither team having more than a four-point lead in the first 15 minutes of play. In all, the opening half would see ten lead changes and a lead no larger than six points. Glenville State’s Lady Pioneers would eventually take a five-point lead into intermission, leading by a score of 37-32.
The Lady Pioneers would come out in the second half to play inspired ball and build a 12-point lead with 12:48 left to play in the game. They would continue to add to that lead to take their largest lead of the game at 15 points with 3:40 to go in the second half. Wheeling Jesuit’s Lady Cardinals, however, would not go away. They would respond with a quick 9-0 run to bring the score to 70-64 with 2:04 remaining on the clock. The seasoned Glenville State team would once again rise to the challenge in the end, as they knocked down numerous key free throws to put the Lady Cardinals away, 77-67.
Glenville countered a sub-par shooting night with stellar defense and excellent free throw shooting. The Lady Pioneers forced 19 turnovers in the contest and went 19-22 from the charity stripe. Denae Dobbins posted game highs in scoring, rebounding, and blocked shots by dropping in 25 points, snatching 12 rebounds, and swatting four shots. Casey Taylor and Rachel Redick were the only other Lady Pioneers in double figures scoring, 16 and 19 points, respectively. Junior point guard Lauren Strong had another impressive floor game scoring six points, grabbing eight rebounds, handing out four assists, and collecting three steals.
Glenville State returns to action on Saturday evening against Salem International. Tip off time is set for 5:15 pm.