The fourth consecutive road game for the Wheeling Jesuit women’s basketball team followed the trend of the previous three Mountain East Conference contests. The Cardinals defeated the Cavaliers of the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, 73-68, Monday night.
WJU (14-2, 9-1 MEC) stretched its winning streak to five games by holding the Cavaliers (6-8, 2-8 MEC) to only 11 second-chance points. The Cardinals managed to win the tight rebounding margin, 33-32, on the night.
“It was a great team win after a tough road stretch. Collectively, we looked very poised in the second half, and played like a veteran team,” head coach Debbie Buff expressed. “Jaila led the team after being in foul trouble and sitting most of the first half. Chenelle, Jaana, and Lydia were very productive in our post play. I am extremely proud of our team and family.”
The Wheeling Jesuit offense was led by a balanced attack of eight players who scored. Three Cardinal players finished in double figures.
Jaana Motton led the Cardinal offense with 16 points while collecting seven boards. Jaila Bryant added 14 points, six assists, and three rebounds. Chenelle Moore missed her double-double by one rebound, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds.
WJU struggled to get its offense going in the first period, scoring only 12 points. However, the Cardinal defense did what it has been doing all season long, and held the Cavaliers to only 15 points.
The Cardinals began the second period on an 8-0 run, taking a 20-15 lead early in the second quarter. UVA-Wise battled back, and managed to trail WJU by only one point, 28-27, at the half. Moore tallied seven first half points while collecting seven caroms over the first 20 minutes of action.
WJU opened the second half on an 11-2 run, stretching its lead to 10 points, 39-29. Bryant knocked in seven of the 11 points, and Motton contributed the other four. WJU took a seven point lead into the final period of play.
The Cardinal lead was cut down to two points just a minute into the fourth period as UVA-Wise opened the quarter on a 5-0 run. WJU responded and scored the next five points to regain its seven-point advantage. The largest Cardinal lead came with 5:57 remaining, when Bryant converted a jumper, giving WJU a 12-point edge.
The two teams traded baskets down the stretch, but the Cardinals proved to be too much for the Cavaliers to handle. The Cardinals picked up their fifth consecutive victory, 73-68, over the UVA-Wise Cavaliers.
Lydia Hyburg notched eight points on 4-5 shooting and collected three caroms. Kylie Frizell also added eight points. Callen added seven points, two rebounds, and three assists to the WJU total. Freshman Damonique Patterson chipped in six points on 2-3 shooting, and Chelsea Richardson shot a perfect 4-4 from the line for her four points.
The Cardinals return home to host rival West Liberty on Thursday, January 21 at 5:30 p.m.