Lady Rams' hard work pays off in 57-52 over conference foe Reinhardt
Baker's squad wins 4th straight to remain hot in 2012
Sports Information Department BC
January 8, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bluefield, Virginia- The Lady Rams remained hot in the new year with a tight win over Reinhardt University 57-52 on Saturday afternoon at the Dome Gymnasium.
Bluefield won its fourth straight dating back to the Bluefield State game, and picked up a huge 'confidence booster' in a road victory at out of conference Mt. Vernon Nazarene immediately following. Since the turnaround from a disappointing loss at Pikeville (Ky.), the Lady Rams have put together a string of close respectable wins.
Oversized in the post, Bluefield defended to perfection its plan to front the sizeable post-players of Reinhardt and it paid dividends. Through the first ten minutes of the first half, Reinhardt used a good combination of inside and outside play to keep the Lady Rams having to move. Bluefield got behind by the largest margin of the game by either team at 9 with 13:07 left to play in the half. but then came in Jasmine Washington.
The 'super-sub' Washington brought with her a new level of intensity and confidence. She created a turnover, a baskset, and an assist and inevitably, a new-found 'glory' to her team who were slipping. In fact, the Lady Rams as a team did a great job of creating chances off a turnovers and took advantage of the stat. BC scored 15 points off Reinhardt's 16 total turnovers.
Following Washington's spark, Rouse hit a three and the Lady Rams were right back in the ball game. Bluefield hit a couple more free throws and went into the lockerroom with a 32-29 advantage.
Into the second half, the AAC battle would continue. Reinhardt used their main trio of Abling, Aiken and Marsh to keep them in the ball game. Marsh was the most effective inside when she got the chance. She went 50% from the field and better than 85% from the FT line.
Exchanging baskets in a very slow and low-scoring second half, the Lady Eagles got a spark from leading scorer Kareen Abling who hit a three-pointer to give Reinardt their only lead of the 2nd half at 44-43 with 6:03 to play.
The answer to Abling's three was Bluefield's McNeal. Teqa McNeal took over the second half and tallied seven points in a three-minute span for the Lady Rams. Reinhardt struggled to keep up with the pace of Bluefield, yet Bluefield gave Reinhardt the chance to stay in the game by heading to the free-throw line. The Lady Eagles, as a result, kept it close late in the game going 14-19 from the charity stripe, good enough for 74%.
The Lady Rams hit just enough free throws down the stretch as well which would be enough for the 57-52 victory picking up their third conference win and two in a row at home. Bluefield sits in 2nd place in the AAC, behind #15 Montreat.
It doesn't get much easier as the Lady Rams have to bounce back and play yet another tough opponent, Milligan, on Monday in Tennesee at 5:30pm.
Bluefield high scorers: McNeal (16), Rouse (15) and Gillard (9).