Lady Rams hold strong in win over Intermont 71-58
Gillard hits 1,000th career point mark at Bluefield on Wednesday
Sports Information Department BC
February 16, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bluefield- The women's basketball team moved into a tie for second-place with a huge 71-58 win over Virginia Intermont on Wednesday night at the dome.
The Lady Rams and Lady Cobras were both receiving votes in the national polls and in their last meeting, Intermont had the best of Bluefield in Bristol. Wedneday night's game was different. Bluefield started off slow, but heated up late in both the first half and mid-way through the second half.
The first half was a tight contest, as there was nine lead changes in the opening twenty-minutes. Both teams had very little half-court offensive sets, as defenses looked to disrupt the other team in pressure defense for a majority of the game.
Toni Cataldi started the game off with an opening three, after posting 23 points in the Rams first meeting against Intermont. Cataldi cooled down though, only hitting 3 of 9 from behind the arc in the game.
With 7:45 left in the half, the Lady Rams looked to have started a small lead with a 6-0 run, but the VI came right back with points of their own to lead 17-15.
Robson came off the bench to give Bluefield a much needed spark and helped give the Lady Rams a 31-28 halftime lead.
Bluefield came out of the halftime on a 8-0 run including a three-pointer by Kia Gillard. This opened the game up and gave Bluefield a 39-28 advantage early in the 2nd frame.
Just minutes later, Gillard began to heat with two consecutive field goals. With one other Cobras basket, the Rams led by 13 points with 14:00 to play in the game. With Gillard's seven points to open the second half, she passed the 1,000th career point mark in her Bluefield stint. She is only the 2nd player to reach this mark in nine seasons in BC Women's basketball.
Bluefield had all the momentum in the second half. But Virginia Intermont has TT Webb. Webb's 26 points in their first meeting wouldn't go unnoticed this time around for Coach Baker's side. Intermont turned to Webb again in the second half to help chip away at the BC lead.
While BC still led by 14, Intermont went on a furious 9-0 run to bring the game back to 61-56 with 4:00 to play in the game. Bluefield would soon after get huge contribution inside from Janee Simmons. Simmons worked hard on a BC possession to get her own offensive rebound and put it back to open up the lead to 9 again. Lady Rams led again 65-56 with 3:00 to play.
Rouse hit a open jumper to secure the victory for Bluefield and give the team a double-digit lead. Intermont's numerous long-range attemps were not enough in a valiant attemp to come back on Bluefield. Bluefield's silent yet outstanding performance came from Teqa Mcneal, who totaled 18 points, and went 4 of 5 from the FT line late in the game.
In a scrappy game, especially the first half, the two teams combined for 53 turnovers. Bluefield had the +7 advantage on the turnover margin.
Bluefield currently sits in a tie for second place in the conference, and will look to end their regular season with another victory when they host Columbia (SC) on Saturday at 2pm EST. Saturday's contest will be Senior Day for the Lady Rams.