WVC basketball: Golden Eagles women fall by 3-pointer
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.
In four of its five victories, UC has hit at least 10 3-pointers. In a 62-59 victory against Fairmont State the Golden Eagles had only seven 3-pointers, but hit five of those in the second half to come back from an 11-point halftime deficit.
"This is the fourth straight game we haven't shot well," Collins said. "That's a major factor for us winning games. Like the Shepherd game, past the fact that we didn't shoot well, we didn't play hard.
"They're awfully good defensively and we knew they were awfully good defensively."
Jorden Lykes had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Maquasia Ferebee had 12 points and 10 boards for the Senators.
The Golden Eagles are off until Jan. 3 when they visit Concord in a WVC matchup set for 5:30 p.m.
In the meantime, UC is on pace to set records for 3-pointers by a Collins-coached women's team.
In 2010-11, the third of Collins' four seasons at Texas Permian Basin, the Falcons were 246-of-778 from 3-point range. At their current pace, the Golden Eagles would finish the season 270-of-850.
Even for a coach who likes a lot of 3-pointers, that's too many.
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