From Staff Reports
Prior to the season, WVU Tech’s Amber Tully looked back on a difficult 2011-12 campaign and hoped for a better team record in her senior year.
Heading into the second semester of play, the Golden Bear women have responded on the basketball court, already winning more games than all of last season.
Tech dropped a 70-57 verdict to visiting Southern Polytechnic (Ga.) State University in late December, but the Bears still finished the first-semester portion of their 2012-13 slate with a 7-8 record.
“We were in a tough conference last year,” Tully said in the preseason. “We should win some more games this year.
“I’d like to have a winning season; we haven’t had one since I’ve been here.”
Tech got 22 points from Nia Nolan and 12 points, seven assists and seven rebounds from Courtney Sturdivant against Southern Poly. Tracee Mitchel chipped in nine points.
For the season, Sturdivant leads Tech with 15.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Amy Gardner scored at a 14.5 ppg clip in the first semester, Nolan followed at 11.3 ppg, and Tully checked in at 10.8 ppg with a team-leading 31 3-point goals.
Tech is slated to host Milligan College at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14.
The Tech men will host the University of Maine at Fort Kent at 3 p.m. today at the Baisi Athletic Center. On Saturday, Jan. 12, they will visit Salem International for a 4 p.m. contest.
In their most recent game, the Golden Bears snapped a four-game losing streak with a 70-65 defeat of Shawnee (Ohio) State.
Kornilous Donnell led the victory with a 26-point, 10-rebound performance. Donnell was 11-of-19 from the field, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc. Terrale Clark followed with 15 points, and Jaren Marino added 13 points and 10 boards. Floyd Campbell scored nine points, and David Rawlinson had seven points, eight rebounds and five assists.
For the season, Rawlinson tops the Bears with a scoring average of 23.2 ppg, as well as passing out 7.0 assists an outing and clearing 6.1 rebounds a game. Other double-digit scorers include: Clark, 14.9; Brandon Burgraff, 11.0; and Marino, 10.7.
Burgraff has 41 3-point goals, and Donnell is averaging 9.5 points and 6.7 boards a game.