Bluefield State storms back to edge NCCU women

Jan. 02, 2014 @ 08:09 PM

After falling behind 10-0 in the game’s opening two minutes, Bluefield State came back to edge N.C. Central 54-43 in a women’s non-conference basketball game at McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium Thursday.

The West Virginia visitors answered NCCU’s opening 10-0 salvo with an identical 10-0 run of its own to tie the game at 10-0 with 14:45 left in the first half.

For the half saw the two teams trade the lead five times and tie four more times before the Lady Blues (5-9) took a 24-22 lead into the half.

NCCU (5-6) could not regain momentum in the second half, only going ahead by as many as three in the closing five minutes of action.

With 11 seconds left to play, the Lady Eagles — trailing by a point — forced a Bluefield State turnover under the NCCU basket but were unable to convert, as Bluefield State held on for the win.

Junior Racquel Davis led all scorers with 17 points including 5 for 8 shooting from the field and 7 of 11 from the free throw line. Junior Khyra Conerly had eight rebounds for Central, best of the night on the glass.

As a team, the Lady Eagles shot 17 for 48 (35.4 percent) from the field, 18 for 27 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line and 1 for 6 (16.7 percent) from behind the 3-point arc.

NCCU takes on Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va., Sunday at 2 p.m.