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WLU Women Roll in Tourney Opener

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The No. 2 seed West Liberty University women's basketball team scored the first nine points of the game and never looked back Thursday afternoon in routing No. 9 seed UVA-Wise, 82-57, in a Mountain East Conference Tournament quarterfinal at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum.

It was the 12th win in the last 13 games for Coach Lynn Ullom's surging Hilltoppers (20-9), who will meet No. 3 seed Charleston (20-7) in Saturday's noon semifinal. The Golden Eagles held off No. 6 seed Urbana, 72-64, in Thursday's other afternoon quarterfinal.
"We're not a team that's known for running a lot of set plays," Ullom said, "but we ran a lot more today than we usually do. The girls ran them pretty well which created a lot of open shots for us and we were able to knock them down."
West Liberty literally bombed the Cavaliers (10-18) into submission, draining a season-high 14 3-point shots on the afternoon, draining 10-of-16 from behind the arc before intermission.
Five of those long-range shots came in the final 6 minutes of the opening half and played a major role in helping the Hilltoppers put the game on ice.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Jenn Mohney gave WLU its first double-digit lead, 34-21, with 5:13 showing on the first half clock and it never dropped under 10 points the rest of the way.
Colleen McCormick banked in a 3-pointer just ahead of the halftime buzzer to send West Liberty into the locker room with a 43-30 lead.
The Hilltoppers opened the second half on a 17-6 run – hitting their first three 3-point attempts – to go up 60-36 with 13:24 remaining and led by as many as 30 points down the stretch.
West Liberty wound up hitting a season-high 50 percent (14-for-28) of its 3-point shots with five different Hilltoppers making at least one shot from behind the arc.
"It's a confidence thing," said West Liberty's Jenn Mohney, who came off the bench to hit 5 3-pointers and finished with 17 points. "Once one of us gets a couple of shots to go, it seems like it gets everybody going."
Liz Flowers made a run at a triple-double to lead West Liberty with 18 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds. McCormick added 15 points and 8 rebounds off the bench, including a 3-for-4 day from the 3-point arc. Reynesha Archer had a game-high 22 points for UVA-Wise.
GAME NOTES
X The Hilltoppers have won 20 games for the 13th time in the last 15 seasons
X Ullom now has an 18-4 record in conference quarterfinal games and is 49-17 overall in league tournament play
X West Liberty has either won its conference tournament or lost to the eventual champion in 17 of the last 20 seasons under Ullom
X The WLU women improved to 14-0 when holding teams under 75 points. They're just 6-9 when teams put 75 or more on the board 
X The Hilltoppers have a 20-1 record when out shooting their opponents from the floor this season but are 0-8 when being outshot 
X West Liberty has made at least one 3-point field goal in 602 consecutive games, a streak that began more than 20 years during the 1993-94 season