Bluefield's four-game winning streak snapped by Montreat 79-63
Bluefield splits the season-series with Montreat; both teams win on opponent's floor
Sports Information Department BC
February 9, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bluefield, Virginia- The Lady Rams struggled early on the defensive to stop the hot-shooting Lady Cavaliers as Montreat College snapped Bluefield's four-game winning streak 79-63 on Wednesday evening at the Dome gymnasium.
Bluefield started off a little sluggish in the first half and Montreat took full advantage of it, especially Mykiea Russell who lit up Bluefield for 18 points in the first half.
Montreat got their biggest lead of the first half when they down three 3-pointers on four possessions giving them a 28-14 lead with 8:55 to play. Bluefield got called a quick timeout, and after play resumed, Bluefield responded with three quick buckets to draw the MC lead to 28-20.
The Cavaliers hit 17 of their 32 first half attempts including nine three pointers. For the game, Montreat hit 51 percent of their shots while Bluefield made 25 of 55 attempts. One of those nine three's came with just a couple seconds left to play in the half, as Montreat led 50-30 at the break.
The 20-point margin was unchartered territory for Coach MJ Baker and the Lady Rams. Bluefield came out in the second half looking to boost the intensity on the defensive end to create some turnovers. They did a fairly good job denying Russell the ball, but Ebony Battle played a huge supporting role as she finished with 11 points and nine rebounds.
The last short 6-0 run by Bluefield came with 11:04 to play in the second half, unforunately Russell came right back down the floor for another one of her three's. Bluefield chipped away at the lead late in the contest, but struggled to stop Montreat on the other end. BC made the final result look respectable as the Lady Rams came up short by 16 points, 79-63.
Kia Gilliard’s 14 points and five assists led Bluefield (16-9, 10-5), while Janee Simmons added 11 and Takieya Rouse had 10.
Bluefield will bounce back when they travel to play Bryan College on Saturday afternoon in Dayton, Tenn. The game is set to begin at 2pm EST.