CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Many things went right for the West Virginia Wesleyan women's basketball team on Monday night against West Virginia State.
The Yellow Jackets didn't have the same luck in the first round of the West Virginia Conference tournament.
Brittany Maxey had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Atavia Blake added 14 points and 11 boards for the conference's second-leading rebounding team in a 66-56 upset of sixth-seeded State (13-14) at Fleming Hall.
Maxey, a 5-foot-8 junior from Lufkin, Texas, and Blake, a 6-foot sophomore from Tampa, Fla., have combined for 18 double-doubles for the No. 11 Bobcats (9-17).
Wesleyan moves to Wednesday's quarterfinals at 8:30 p.m. against third-seeded Fairmont State (20-9), which earned an 83-47 victory over Wheeling Jesuit at Joe Retton Arena on Monday.
"This young team that we have, took some knots, it took a long time for it to come together," said Wesleyan Coach Jacqueline DeVane, who guided the Bobcats to the WVC tournament title in her first season last year.
Wesleyan got out to a 38-27 halftime lead behind guard Kerry Conroy, who was the beneficiary of the things that went right for the visitors.
Conroy, a senior from Oakland, Md., had 31 3-pointers through 25 games (1.24 per game). She hit three in the first half and four for the game, giving her 48 in two seasons for Wesleyan after spending two years at Shippensburg.
"It was definitely a game-changer for me," Conroy said. "It got me excited and it got the team excited, just the energy level went straight up when we were shooting well."
Former Hurricane High standout Allie Browne finished with five points, seven assists and seven rebounds for Wesleyan.
"It's been a rough road so far," said Browne, who averages 7.5 points and leads the team in 3-pointers. "Hopefully, we can pick it up here in the championships."
State had trailed at halftime in five of its 13 victories, including wins over second-seeded West Liberty and third-seeded Fairmont State.