Lady Rams hold on in tough AAC battle with 83-77 win over Tennessee Wesleyan
Bluefield takes punches from TWC but hold on for big victory
Sports Information Department BC
January 5, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bluefield, Virginia- The Lady Rams used several short offensive runs throughout the game to hold onto a late Tennessee Wesleyan surge as Bluefield defeated the Lady Bulldogs 83-77 at the dome gymnasium on Thursday night.
The Lady Rams got off to a hot start with a quick 7-0 and they never looked back. Kia Gillard led the attack in the first half with several key buckets which helped Bluefield extend their lead to its largest margin in the first by 14 points.
Tennessee Wesleyan has been receiving national vote rankings for Division II, but numbers didn't stop Bluefield from going right at the Bulldogs defense. Coach Baker's side continued to play high pressure defense while Tenn. Wesleyan had trouble stopping the quickness of BC's guard play. As a result, Wesleyan switched to a zone defense which forced Bluefield to rely on their outside shooting and more long jumpers.
Up 11 at the break, the Lady Bulldogs spent the first five minutes narrowing the Bluefield lead down to just two points. Unfortunately, TWC didn't have an answer for the slashing wing play of Takieya Rouse. Her ability to penetrate the lane and find openings resulted in several baskets, putting BC on an 8-0 run to extend their lead to 58-48. Slow and Steady, Teqa McNeal led the way with 21 points for the Lady Rams in a gritty performance by the red, white and blue.
Tennessee Wesleyan had one last push with the help of some Bluefield fouls. Wesleyan shot well from the free-throw line going 80 percent for 21-25, but the steady play of the Lady Rams was the deal breaker. Despite poor shooting from the charity stripe (50 percent, 12-24), Bluefield shot a hefty 53 percent from both behind the arc and for field goal percentage.
Bluefield will have to play two more conference games in a three day period as they host Reinhardt (Ga.) on Saturday at the dome gymnasium. The 83-77 win moves Bluefield to 7-5 overall, and 2-1 in the AAC.
High Scorers for Bluefield: McNeal (21), Rouse (20), Gillard (17).