WVU Tech sneaked away with a 61-60 win against the Carlow women’s basketball team in the first River States Conference game of the season on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Oakland Catholic High School.
Carlow (1-3/0-1/1-1) controlled the majority of the tight contest, but the Golden Bears (5-6/1-0) took the lead, 56-53, with 3:57 remaining for the first time since early in the second quarter.
WVU Tech held a 61-54 advantage with 1:29 to play. Carlow scrambled to come back, earning a chance to tie the game with 2.8 seconds remaining. Head coach Tim Moore called a timeout to set up a play for three points with his Celtics trailing, 61-58. However, the WVU Tech defense swarmed the ball on the inbounds pass and Carlow settled for a two at the buzzer.
Alexis Yanief (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) led the Celtics with 16 points, and Kayla Brownlee (SR/Pittsburgh, Pa.) added 11 points with three assists and two steals. Emma Stille (SO/Columbus, Ohio) earned 12 rebounds, nine points, three steals and a block.
For WVU Tech, Savannah Shamblin had 10 points and two steals, Katelyn Bird had nine rebounds, and Zjhane West had three assists.
WVU Tech dominated the Celtics on the glass, winning the rebounding battle, 46-32. The Golden Bears earned 27 offensive rebounds. Fifteen of those came in the first half, helping them overcome shooting only 20.6 percent (7-34) from the field.
The Golden Bears’ shots started to fall in the second half, when they reached a 45.5 shooting percentage (15-33). They gradually cut into Carlow's lead, which was as high as nine points with 5:12 left in the third quarter. WVU Tech outscored the Celtics, 22-13, in the fourth quarter.
Carlow next travels to Rio Grande for a 1pm tipoff this Saturday, Dec. 2.