LeAnne Ross scored 20 points and the University of Charleston women's basketball team led from the beginning in a 76-71 victory over State in a West Virginia Conference battle between the arch rivals at Eddie King Gym on Saturday.
Ross also hit five 3-pointers for Coach Adam Collins' team, which was 14-of-37 from 3-point range, hitting three more 3-pointers than 2-pointers.
"We press every game, but what we really wanted to do is get charges against Jasmine Blanton," UC Coach Adam Collins said. "She's a good player, but we got three charges on her and it made a big difference having her on the bench for a lot of the game."
Blanton scored nine points, but had seven turnovers in 21 minutes of action before fouling out late in the game.
The Golden Eagles (7-6), who improved to 4-5 in WVC play, had a nine-rebound advantage on the offensive end, but outscored State by just one on second-chance points. Tianni Kelly played most of her 23 minutes close to the basket, where she finished with just four points, but grabbed six rebounds.
Former Parkersburg South star Asia Greenleaf led the Yellow Jackets (4-8, 4-5) with 18 points and seven rebounds.
Texas-Permian Basin transfer Jessi Cowden had 17 points, as did Nichole Perry, for the Golden Eagles.
Kashauna Cook finished with 14 for the visitors and former Charleston Catholic standout Maria Femia added 13 points and five rebounds. State point guard India Taste led all players with six assists.
UC played without Kayla Dozier and Chelsea Chambers, both of whom are nursing injuries.
Collins is 2-0 all-time against David Smith-coached teams. Collins' Texas-Permian Basin squad defeated Smith's Bellarmine team 97-83 in 2010.
State is back in action at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Fairmont State. The Golden Eagles also are in action at 5:30 p.m. Monday when West Liberty visits Eddie King Gym.