CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- To say the 3-pointer is an integral part of the offense of University of Charleston women's basketball Coach Adam Collins would be an understatement.
In his first season with the Golden Eagles, he doesn't have a choice.
Davis & Elkins junior Alcia Lentz, a 6-foot-3 center, set the tone early with a decided size advantage and UC struggled from the perimeter in a 69-57 West Virginia Conference loss to the Senators (4-4, 3-2 WVC) Monday at Eddie King Gym.
The Golden Eagles (5-4, 2-3) were 6-of-12 from the free throw line and just 15-of-34 from inside the arc.
"Nothing looked like it was the way it was supposed to be," said Collins after a lengthy post-game conversation with his team.
The defeat ended a 12-game UC winning streak against the Senators dating to Dec. 4, 2000 when D&E earned a 72-64 home win.
The Golden Eagles struggled on the scoreboard when they struggled from long range.
In their worst 3-point performance of the season, UC hit just 7 of 35 from beyond the arc. When that didn't work, rebounding also worked against the undersized Golden Eagles, who were outrebounded 47-35.
LeAnne Ross led UC with 10 points, but no other player from the home team reached double figures. She hit two early 3-pointers, but went cold thereafter.