Women’s basketball falls to Glenville State in quarterfinals

Women's basketball falls to Glenville State in quarterfinals

Wheeling, WV — The Wheeling women’s basketball team opened the Mountain East Conference (MEC) quarterfinals on Thursday when they faced No. 1 seed Glenville State at WesBanco Arena. The Cardinals managed a double-digit effort from juniors Lauren Calhoun, but it wasn’t enough as the Pioneers took the win 105-45. The Cardinals were in double digits in three of the game’s four quarters and competed all night.

From the start of the game, Glenville State came out on fire and scored the first 14 points of the game in the first four minutes of play. The Cardinals went up to the board when Jacqui Hinesmon hit a free throw and Lauren Calhoun added a layup to make the game 17-3. During that first quarter, four different Cardinals got involved in the offense, including a freshman playing in their second career MEC playoff game. Joining Calhoun in the score was Wanderhorn Shamia and Ally Ziegler with two runs apiece and Hinesmon’s free throw. However, the Cardinals only scored those seven points in the first quarter and trailed 35-7 after one quarter.

As the game progressed into the second quarter, some of those early worries disappeared and Wheeling began to direct their offense as they have all season. Their shooting percentage improved dramatically as they went to 44% shooting from the floor in the second quarter as they consistently rolled to the edge. Calhoun continued his solid game under the net, adding four more points to his total in the first year Ava Lickliter found his way into the attack with two big shots. The defense also strengthened, holding Glenville to just 15 points in the second quarter as they cut their deficit. Overall, the Cardinals added 11 points and entered the locker room 50-18.

As they came out for the second half, the Cardinals offense continued its pace starting in the second quarter with many of the same characters involved in the offense. Shanley Woods hit a big three-pointer early in the quarter and Calhoun added two layups to lead the offense. Taylor Cullen had his first points of the game with a bucket and Ziegler added his own bucket. It was Wheeling’s most productive quarter of the game to that point, as they put up 13 points and headed into the final quarter trailing 79-31. In each of their previous two games, Wheeling had held the Pioneers to fewer points in every game, and their goal was to do it one more time.

They just fell short of their target, allowing 105 points in the game, the same amount as in their previous game. The Cardinals would continue to fight while emptying their bench and hitting a team-high 14 points in the final quarter. wandering horn and Annie Hunt each hit three in the quarter, while Lauren Calhoun added two points to his total and Ziegler added a free throw. Alivia Thompson and Macyla Collins each entered the game in the final minutes of the match and gained valuable minutes in the final seconds of the game. The match ended with Notre Dame taking the 105-45 victory as Wheeling withdrew from the MEC tournament.

The Cardinals’ only double-digit scorer of the day was Lauren Calhoun, who ended the night with 14 points. She narrowly missed her 18th double-double of the season, leading the team with nine rebounds, but won the MEC regular season scoring award and finished third in the conference in rebounds. Wanderhorn Shamia and Annie Hunt finished behind her with five points apiece, and 10 total Cardinals scored at least one point on the night. With most of the core returning next season, Wheeling is set for another playoff run next season as they look to learn and grow on the court.

“I’m thrilled to have a foundation already established and I’m thrilled for the new players we will be adding through recruiting,” Wheeling Head Women’s Basketball Coach said. Matt Schmidt. “Those are two good things to build on and I think the future is bright for Wheeling Women’s Basketball.”