By Austin Stafford, Sports Information Assistant
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The West Virginia State University women’s basketball team put on a shooting clinic on Saturday as they defeated Davis and Elkins at the Walker Convocation Center, 120-77.
WVSU improves to 3-3 in Mountain East Conference with the win. Meanwhile, the Senators drop to 1-4 in the MEC.
The Yellow Jackets had five players score in double-digits with junior guard Charity Shears leading the way with 24 points. Fellow juniors Chloe Cheresne (16 pts.) and Kalia Cunningham (12 pts.) helped out with sophomores Destiny Fields (18 pts.) and Shelby Harmeyer (12 pts.) rounding out the group.
The Senators came out of the gate hot. D&E started out the game on a 11-3 run until the Yellow Jackets mounted a comeback around the four-minute mark. Destiny Fields sparked the comeback with a group of layups and free throws to go along with nine turnovers caused by West Virginia State. WVSU fought its way back to a two-point lead by the end of the quarter, 20-18.
West Virginia State kept the momentum going and came out firing to start the second period of play. By the midway point of the period, the Yellow Jackets had a commanding 20-point lead as it seemed like every shot WVSU was putting up was landing. As a team, they made seven three-point shots in the quarter along with keeping the pressure up for another 11 turnovers. At the half, West Virginia State led Davis and Elkins, 58-32.
West Virginia State started off the third quarter in a slower fashion as Davis and Elkins were playing them tight. However, around the halfway point of the period, Charity Shears nailed two of her four three-pointers in the quarter to bring the spark back to WVSU. After that, the pressure on the defensive end and shooting on the offensive end ramped back up as the Yellow Jackets coasted into the fourth quarter with a 40-point lead, 91-51.
The Senators were able to keep the last period of play tight as West Virginia State outscored them by three points. However, the lead was too much to overcome.
The Yellow Jackets look to pick up another win as they head to West Liberty on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.