MEC Tournament: Glenville women roll over West Virginia State
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Glenville State College women's basketball team continued its dominance at the inaugural Mountain East Conference Tournament on Saturday.
This time, the Pioneers' performance set a record that West Virginia State would rather not have.
Kenyell Goodson scored 22 points and the nation's ninth-ranked team took a 20-point halftime lead en route to a 103-75 victory over the Yellow Jackets (19-11), setting up a 1 p.m. MEC championship showdown with Charleston at the Charleston Civic Center.
The victory was the worst in David Smith's two seasons as coach of the Yellow Jackets. The Pioneers defeated State 119-92 on Jan. 5, 2013.
"This team is on a mission," said Glenville coach Charles Marshall, whose team has won four games by an average of 20.5 points since losing in overtime at Wheeling Jesuit on Feb. 20. "They just took care of business."
Glenville (27-3) was just 8-of-25 from 3-point range in the first half and 18-of-48 from the floor overall, but the Pioneers' bench outscored State's 24-5 and finished with 35 more points off the bench than the Yellow Jackets (19-11).
"They're a very good team," Smith said. "We tried to do some things that didn't work and got ourselves in a hole. For us to win the game we've got to really play well and hope they don't shoot it very well."
It marked the seventh straight time Glenville has defeated the Yellow Jackets.
MEC Player of the Year Lexy Carson had 26 points to lead State, while freshman and former Nicholas County standout Shealyn Shafer had 16 and former Winfield star Jordan Brock 11.
Asia Greenleaf, the nation's third-best shot-blocker, finished with three blocked shots and 11 rebounds, but scored only four points against Glenville's fast-paced attack.
Keyanna Tate had 14 points as one of six double-figure scorers for Glenville. Tasia Bistow had 13, Tiffani Huffman - a former Braxton County standout - and Kenyona Simmons contributed 11 apiece and Ashleigh Fossett 10.
The Pioneers now set their sights on the MEC championship game against Charleston.
In their previous two meetings this season, Glenville won 90-78 at Eddie King Gym in Charleston and 53-50 in Jesse R. Lilly Gym on Feb. 8. The home victory over the Golden Eagles marked the Pioneers' lowest offensive output of the season by far. Their new fewest points scored came in a 63-58 victory over Urbana.
The deliberate Charleston offense took Glenville out of its game, but coach Marshall said that, in hindsight, that wasn't a bad thing.
"Few teams have been able to hold the ball on us, which I'm actually glad they did," Marshall said. "We'll be well-prepared for it. During the season it caught us off guard a little bit.
"It got under our players' skins a little bit. That's basketball. That's coaching. You have to be prepared for whatever a team does. As long as we come out and do our job, we'll be fine."
Glenville will take a four-game winning streak into the game, while Charleston has won seven consecutive contests.