No. 15 Lady Hilltoppers Blast Concord


 The No. 15-ranked West Liberty University women’s basketball team held Concord without a basket for most of the first quarter and was never challenged in rolling to an 86-46 victory Monday night at the Carter Center.

It was the 13th straight win for Coach Lynn Ullom’s surging Hilltoppers (15-1, 10-0) while the Mountain Lions (3-12, 2-8) were hung with their eighth consecutive loss.

This one was over almost before it started as West Liberty scored on nearly every possession after a scoreless opening minute while holding Concord to 0-for-8 shooting from the floor for the first eight minutes.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from Johnie Olkosky gave the Black and Gold an eye-popping 22-2 lead, forcing the hosts to burn their second timeout of the game with 2:03 still remaining in the first quarter.

Lindsey Overbey finally broke the scoring ice for the Mountain Lions with a drive to the hoop with 1:38 showing on the first quarter clock but the Hilltoppers continued to pull away.

West Liberty led by as many as 29 points in the second quarter before settling for a 44-18 halftime lead. The margin swelled to 65-26 after three quarters and hit 43 points, 73-30, midway through the fourth quarter with most of the starters already on the bench.

Olkosky hit a career-high five 3-pointers to pace five double-figure scorers for the winners with 15 points. Kiki Simpson needed just 21 minutes to post her 10th double-double of the season with 10 points and 16 rebounds while Liz Flowers hit double digits for the 16th time in as many games with 14 points.

Baylen Dyrlund and Jasmine Kiley added 12 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench while Kailee Howe padded her national assist lead with 13 assists.

Concord’s Alexis Lowery tied Olkosky for game scoring honors with 15 points.

The Mountain East Conference-leading Hilltoppers head to Ohio County rival Wheeling Jesuit on Thursday for a showdown between the top two teams in the MEC. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. at the McDonough Center.

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