The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

February 6, 2013

Tech gets national rankings


MONTGOMERY — The WVU Tech men’s and women’s basketball teams achieved Top 10 rankings last week in the USCAA national poll, while the women are currently ranked first and the men second in the Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Division I poll.

The men’s team, led by coach Bob Williams, is currently 14-9 on the season and ranked seventh in the USCAA national poll. So far in the 2012-13 campaign, Tech has posted two key victories over NCAA Division II universities and secured a tournament championship at the Bevo Francis Tournament, hosted by the University of Rio Grande.

The men defeated Fairmont State University, 87-83, on the road and outscored Lander University, 80-76, at the Bluefield State Classic.

Recently, the men upset the heavily-favored and former Mid-South Conference foe, Campbellsville University, 95-84, at home.  

Currently, senior David Rawlinson is third in the NAIA in scoring with 495 points and second in assists (163) through 23 games. He is sixth overall in points per game average with 21.52.

The women’s squad, led by coach Jenna Everhart, is currently 11-12 on the season. The Bears are ranked fifth in the USCAA national poll. They have had two successful tournaments, winning the Bevo Francis Tournament, hosted by the University of Rio Grande, and sweeping the competition at the Joe Manchin Tournament, hosted by Salem International University.

Senior Amber Tully reached the 1,000 career point mark last week in the Golden Bears’ 76-65 victory over A.I.I. rival Voorhees College on Jan. 30. Fellow senior Amy Gardner is 28 shy of the mark.

 For up-to-date information on all WVU Tech Athletics, visit http://www.GoldenBearAthletics.com.