Cataldi's 1st-half explosion pushes Bluefield past Pikeville 76-71
Rams are currently 1-2 versus Mid-South Conference opponents this season
Sports Information Department BC
November 14, 2011
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bluefield, Va.- The women's basketball team scraped and crawled late in the game as they pulled away from the Lady Bears of Pikeville to earn its 3rd victory of the season, 76-71 on Monday night at the Dome Gymnasium.
The Lady Rams and Lady Bears took turns exchanging baskets through the first few six minutes of action until Toni Cataldi entered the game and single-handedly dismantled Pikeville in the matter of five minutes.
With a two-point lead, Bluefield's Cataldi hit eight straight points, two from behind the arc to give the Lady Rams a 29-19 lead with nine minutes to play in the opening half.
Pikeville would inch back with two baskets near the end of the half, cutting the lead to just seven for BC 34-27.
The second half had a little bit more emotion than the opening frame, as both teams would go to the free-throw line late in the game.
Bluefield knew they had their hands full with Freshan C Whitney Jackson, who came into the contest as they leading scorer for the Lady Bears. Her inside presense created some late havoc for Bluefield, but tough defense inside by Simmons and Tolliver made Jackson ineffective late in the contest.
Bluefield's fast break opportunities were slimmed down by Pikeville, but BC got great contribution off the bench to counter-act the problem. Jasmine Washington would play a huge role in the Rams win, when she got four straight points late in the ball game. Her jumper, steal and eventual two made free-throws off the steal helped extend Bluefield's small lead.
The game didn't end without one last push by Pikeville. The tenacious guard play of Megan Mosley kept the Lady Bears in striking distance, as Brogan Conley came up huge on the offensive end, going 6-15 from the floor. She finished with 15 points, as did Mosley.
Up six points with just over a minute left, the Lady Rams had a chance to seal the game and make it a three-possession game. Two missed free throws, kept Pikevilles' hopes alive. Off the rebound, Mosley's made three-pointer cut the lead to three.
On the next inbound, Bluefield's inbound pass was deflected off a Pikeville player's hand, but went right into Gillard arms. She was fouled immediately, and she hit both of her FT's to extend their lead to five as the final whistle blew making 76-71 the final.
Bluefield moves to 3-2 on the year, while Pikeville drops to 1-2 overall. Both Simmons and Cataldi ended with 14 points on the night, while four other BC players contributed with double-digits as well.
While both teams shot significantly well from behind the arc (Pikeville, 6-17, BC, 7-12), both teams shot extremely poor from the line going a combined total 30 for 53 at the charity stripe.
Bluefield will be back in action on the road for three straight games until they return home after Thanksgiving when they open conference play against Union (Ky.) on November 30.