The Glenville State College women's team, coached by Bunky Harkleroad, had little trouble with winless Salem International on Thursday night, rolling to a 128-63 victory in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Pioneers (17-8, 15-6 WVIAC) scored the first nine points and never looked back.
Donita Adams led six players in double figures with 23 points, followed by Beth Deren (22 points), Autumn Davis (18), Kim Stephens (15), Ginnie Petties (13) and Kristen Golden (10). All 10 players scored at least five points and played at least 18 minutes. Glenville State finished 48-for-105 from the field, including 25-for-68 on 3-pointers, and had 20 steals. Salem International (0-26, 0-21) turned it over 30 times.
Not really much else in the box. I watched the initial onslaught by the Pioneers before heading out, and it was apparent the outcome wasn't really in question. Congrats to Coach Harkleroad and his team, which faces an important regular season finale Saturday at home against West Virginia Wesleyan. Given the downright impossible-to-understand formula in place in the WVIAC (I wouldn't begin to explain it here, suffice to say "wins" and "losses" are weighted and calculated to devise a "power rating"), I'll have to rely on the conference Website for the lowdown: a Glenville State victory and a Seton Hill loss to Fairmont State makes Glenville State the regular season champ. If the Pioneers lose, they could drop all the way to sixth. Whew.
All I do know is that I will be rooting for Glenville State, regardless of what happens elsewhere. Go get 'em!
Check back early Saturday for an update on the Whitmore Lake High School (Mich.) Trojans, who traveled to Madison later Friday for an important game in the Tri-County Conference. Win that one and coach Dave Arnold's squad has a shot at the regular-season title in the finale at home against Clinton on Tuesday.
Also Saturday, coach Doug Porter and the women's team from Olivet Nazarene host Indiana-South Bend in a tussle for third place in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Tigers (13-16, 5-4 CCAC) have won four out of their past five. Good luck, ONU.