Ready? This is a nearly real-time update on a System team, the first of the season. Pretty neat, eh?
The Glenville State women's team, coached by Bunky Harkleroad, trailed only at 2-0 and rolled to a 102-70 victory over Virginia Union on Friday night in the CIAA/WVIAC Challenge, a neat event being played at Elizabeth City State University. It features four teams each from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and the Pioneers helped their conference avoid a shutout on the first day.
Freshman Kenyell Goodson led the way with 17 points, followed by Beth Deren (14), Kim Stephens (12), Autumn Davis (11) and Ohio University transfer Danielle Woodmore (10) all scored in double figures. Glenville State finished 35-for-79 from the field, including 16-of-49 on 3-pointers, and forced 40 turnovers to put away the Panthers.
After Kara Scott gave VUU that early 2-0 advantage, Stephens came down on the other end and drained a 3 to put her team ahead for good. The lead was 58-35 at the break and got as large as 99-65 with about 4 minutes to go in the second half. Scott made 8 of 10 shots and led the Panthers with 20 points.
Point guard Miranda Reed was all over the court for the Pioneers, finishing with nine points, 10 assists, six steals and three rebounds in 22 minutes of run. She, Stephens and Goodson all had that amount of playing time, and nine other players got at least 10 minutes. Got to love The System, right?
Coach Harkleroad and his team get back at it Saturday, facing Shaw University at 1 p.m. EST. Good luck to them, as always.
Elsewhere in my world, which would be KP's World, Olivet Nazarene improved to 3-1 on its seven-game road trip to start the season, running past winless Clarke University 110-84 on Thursday night behind 23 points from Simone Coburn. The Tigers were 38-for-109 from the field, including 15-for-63 on 3s, and forced 41 turnovers while grabbing 44 offensive rebounds. Yep, that's right, 44. Denita Phelps did a bunch of the damage all by her lonesome, totaling all 12 of her boards on her own team's misses.
Once again, ONU fell behind early, this time trailing 11-0 before it got going. A 3-pointer by Jaimie Buckman midway through the first half game the Tigers their first lead at 22-21, and the Crusaders never managed to pull ahead again. A 24-8 run through about 7 minutes of the second half made it 82-57 with about 9 minutes left in the game, and the only question at that point was the final margin.
Stephanie Denius and Danielle Tolbert each added 11 points for ONU and Rachel Kearney scored 10. Point guard Danielle Pipal had three of her team's 21 steals. As is often the case with The System, a player on the losing team was statistically significant: freshman Jenna Kotas made 15 of 21 shots, including a couple of 3s, and scored 39 points for Clarke.
Coach Doug Porter takes his team to Ashford University on Saturday for a 4 p.m. EST start, and you know you can check back here for an update on its progress.