Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Glenville State makes 18 3-pointers and holds off Bowie State

At this point in my enjoyment (obsession?) with The System, I'm accustomed to my favorite teams shooting a low percentage from the field. It only is natural when the majority of shots are coming from beyond the 3-point line.

I don't think I ever, in the 10 years or so I've been at least haphazardly following this style of play, have seen a team do what the NCAA Division II women's team at Glenville State did Tuesday night. On the road at Bowie State, a solid program from the CIAA, the Pioneers finished 18-for-47 on 3s in an 81-78 victory.

I know what you're saying. "What's so unusual about that?" Well, from inside the arc, they were 5-for-30. Yep, that's right, 5-for-30. And these are solid players, with great touch from inside and out (obviously). It just seems bizarre.

Regardless, it goes down as a W for coach Bunky Harkleroad and his team. Ginny Mills made six 3-pointers and finished with 23 points, Kenyell Goodson had four 3s and 15 points, and Tiffani Huffman made all three of her shots from long range on her way to 11 points. Madison Martin also had 11 points and made two 3s.

The point total was a bit lower than we've come to expect from Glenville State, which had scoring drought of nearly 5 minutes in the first half and trailed 17-7 with 13 minutes left until halftime. But in that remaining time, the Pioneers poured it on by outscoring the Bulldogs 46-24, with Ashleigh Fossett's 3 right before the horn giving Glenville State a 53-41 lead.

The second half was back-and-forth until the final 3 minutes. With Bowie State up 76-73, Mills made a 3-pointer to tie it before Goodson's free throw gave the Pioneers the lead for good. Mills made two at the line with 17 seconds left to push the lead to three, and the Bulldogs had two potential game-tying shots miss in the final 4 seconds.

A good victory for Coach Harkleroad's bunch, which stays on the road Saturday in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Glenville State (6-1, 3-0 WVIAC) travels to West Liberty (5-2, 3-0) in an early matchup of unbeatens. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. EST.

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