The Lady Pioneers defeated Concord University in a thriller tonight, 59-58, at Lilly Gymnasium. Donita Adams paced Glenville State with 18 points and seven rebounds. Karina Kendrick added nine points and 17 rebounds, and Kristen Golden chipped in nine points and 11 boards as GSC improved to 14-10 Overall and 12-5 in WVIAC play.
Lady Pioneers Down Concord in a Thriller, 59-58
The Lady Mountain Lions were led by a game high 22 points from Becca Flanagan. Flanagan connected on 7 of 10 field goals and she made all seven of her free throws attempts as CU fell for the first time in WVIAC play away from home this season, and dropped to 17-6 on the season and 13-4 in the WVIAC.
The 1st half saw both teams come out cold from the field as the Lady Pioneers would shoot just 21.1 percent and Concord would connect on just 29.2 percent of their shots in a 23 all tie at the break.
Concord would grab the lead largest lead of the half, five points, on a 9-3 spurt to make it 23-18 with 4:13 to go in the half.
The Lady Pioneers would answer back immediately as a pair of Kendrick buckets and a Miranda Reed free throw would tie it up just before the half.
Glenville State would open up the 2nd half with back to back three point plays from Golden and Kendrick to quickly grab a 29-23 lead just two minutes in.
Trailing 35-31, Concord would get a triple from Sarah Blevins and a slashing layup from Flanagan to knot the game at 36 all with 12:04 to go.
After an Adams’ three point play, Flanagan would again answer with back to back baskets to give CU their first lead of the half at 40-39.
The Lady Pioneers would quickly answer as they would go on an 11-4 spurt, fueled by five points from Mallory Menendez, to give them the largest lead of the game for any team, 51-44, with 5:42 to go.
Concord would then run off eight straight, while forcing turnovers on four of Glenville’s five possessions, to grab a 52-51 lead with 2:58 remaining.
Adams would connect on a pair of free throws to give GSC the lead at 53-52.
Flanagan would get fouled well attempting a three, and convert all three attempts for Concord as they regained the lead at 55-53 with 2:10 to go.
Golden would tie the game back up on a pair of free throws, but again Flanagan would answer with a pair of her own free throws to make it 57-55 with 1:40 left in the game.
Adams would answer with a jumper with 1:25 to tie the ball game for the 10th time.
After a Concord turnover, both teams would trade possessions and Kendrick would be fouled while pulling down the defensive board. Kendrick would calmly sink both to put the Lady Pioneers up two, 59-57 with 24 seconds left.
On the ensuing possession Concord’s Cassidy Smith would get free underneath and get fouled on her layup attempt. Smith would miss the first and sink the second to cut the lead to one with 13 seconds to go. On the inbounds Christine DiSabato would get tied up by Flanagan forcing the turnover and giving the ball to Concord with nine seconds left.
The Mountain Lions would inbound to the left corner and the Pioneers defense would force the ball around to the top of the key. Unable to set anything up, Blevins would fire up a three that would rattle off the backboard, no good, as time expired.
Glenville State won despite shooting just 25.7 percent from the field. Concord shot 33.3 percent from the field.
Both teams shot well from the free throw line as the GSC connected on 17 of 20, while CU hit from 19 of 23.
The Pioneers held a plus nine rebounding margin, 49-40, over the Mountain Lions.
Glenville State returns to action this Saturday as they travel to take on Alderson-Broaddus. Tip Off is at 5:15 pm.