Durham, N.C. - The Glenville State Lady Pioneers basketball squad fell on the road to the #2 team in the country the Duke Blue Devils on Wednesday evening, 77-122, in one of the last scrimmages before they open up the regular season.
This would also mark the first game under new Head Coach Charles Marshall.
GSC would fall behind in the first half as Duke cruised to halftime with a 35-68 lead over the Lady Pioneers.
However in the second half the Lady Pioneers would calm their nerves and play well. The Blue Devils only outscored GSC by 12 points in the second half 42 to 54.
The Lady Pioneers had a good game on the boards as Duke only out-rebounded them by nine, 43 to 52.
Senior guard Tiffani Huffman led GSC in scoring with 19 points as she went 5 for 12 from the field; she also led the team in assists with 4.
“The first half, in this atmosphere, you’re always going to have those jitters, especially as a Division II school. You look forward to this game and you’re nervous, but then you start settling into our system, the second half we start doing our things that we do in practice and it starts to fall in place. As we calm down, we let their size kind of intimidate us a bit in the first half, but we calmed down a lot in the second half and got a few shots, stated Tiffani Huffman.”
Senior Kenyell Goodson chipped in with 14 points while Kenyona Simmons scored in double figures with 10 points in the game.
Sophomore Briauna Nix led the team in rebounding with 6 she also scored 6 points in the game.
Alexis Jones led the Blue Devils and scored a game high 20 points.
GSC also played without their leading scorer from a year ago Ginny Mills as she is rehabbing a torn ACL.
“Well, one of our main– our pregame speech was basically us trying to set the tempo because we want to be an up-tempo team and I believe we accomplished that. And that was the biggest thing that I wanted them to do, just come out and play hard for 40 minutes. There’s no doubt in my mind that they did that. I’m overjoyed and proud of them. They came out and did a wonderful job tonight, stated first year Head Coach Charles Marshall.”
The Lady Pioneers return to action this Sunday, November 3rd when they travel to Western Kentucky for their last scrimmage before they open up the 2013-14 season. Tip-off is set for 2:00pm.