Tori Hansen had 26 points and nine assists, Laura Malernee added 23 points and West Liberty held Glenville State to only seven 3-pointers in a 96-79 victory in the quarterfinals of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament Wednesday night. The game was played at the Charleston (W.Va.) Civic Center.
Not sure if this means the season is over for the Pioneers, coached by Bunky Harkleroad, but if it is, what a wonderful ride.
WVIAC Player of the Year Donita Adams was her usual electrifying self, going for 26 points for Glenville State, and Kristen Golden had 16. But the team that is going to set an NCAA Division III women's record for most 3s per game -- 14.1 -- finished 7-for-18 from beyond the arc. The Pioneers also averaged 45.9 attempts from downtown during the season, so it's easy to see West Liberty (21-8) did something to shut down this part of the offense.
Still, an impressive start to the Coach Harkleroad era, as he finishes his first season 18-10, including a fourth-place finish in the WVIAC. Remember, Glenville State was 9-19 a year ago, so quite a turnaround. With a year of "The System" now in the books, I would expect we'll see the success continue in 2010-11.
There I go, talking as if the season is over. I don't know for sure, so let's keep our fingers crossed. Perhaps there's an at-large bid out there for the Pioneers.