Staff, wire reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BLUEFIELD, Va. —
It took an extra day of waiting, but for the Bluefield College women’s team, it was well worth it.
For the first time in program history, the Lady Rams defeated the Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson College on Sunday afternoon, 70-61 at the Dome Gymnasium. The game was delayed a day due to inclement weather.
Two Bluefield College juniors took control of the contest. Tequila McNeal led all scorers with 26 points and Janee Simmons had a game-best 14 rebounds to go with 11 points.
Bluefield (14-8, 6-6 Mid-South Conference) bounced back from its first home loss of the season, a 70-61 Thursday setback to Campbellsville, by forcing 15 turnovers and blocking five shots by the Raiders, who had been 8-0 all-time against the Rams.
Lindsey Wilson (14-7, 5-6), still receiving votes in the NAIA Division I poll last week, could not gear up enough offense to cut into the Rams’ lead.
Bluefield took the ball to the rim early, getting ahead 11-4. A 7-0 run late in the first half helped the home team to a 36-29 advantage at intermission. The Lady Rams made 14 of 27 field-goal tries in the first half and shot 45 percent for the game.
Ashley White’s three-pointer on the Rams’ first possession of the second half pushed the lead to double digits, and McNeal was instrumental in keeping the Blue Raiders at bay in the game’s final minutes.
White finished with eight assists and two steals. With 14 points, she was one of four Bluefield starters to score in double figures. Monique Robson had 12 points in the win.
Jasmine Brimm tallied 20 points to lead the Blue Raiders. Teammate Ashley Rainey, who led the Mid-South Conference with 18.8 points and 11.65 rebounds per game, managed 11 points and eight boards on Sunday.
The Rams won the battle on the glass 38-34. The Blue Raiders went 6 for 18 from three-point range; Bluefield College was 4 for 17.
Bluefield avenged an 86-76 loss to Lindsey Wilson on Jan. 10 in Columbia, Ky.
The Lady Rams will be back in Kentucky on Thursday to play the University of Pikeville at 6 p.m.
Men’s game: Lindsey Wilson 68, Bluefield 57
Byron Carpenter racked up 23 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and three steals, but the Rams shot only 30.8 percent from the field and absorbed their sixth straight loss.
Bluefield (6-12, 2-10) jumped out to a 17-8 lead at the Dome midway through the first half, but Lindsey Wilson (19-2, 9-2), currently ranked No. 7 in NAIA Division I, answered with a 20-0 run over the next seven minutes and BC never recovered.
The visitors had a 48.3 percent shooting success rate in the first half and were ahead 34-26 at the break.
For the Blue Raiders, Milton Watts blocked six shots, scored 11 points and had eight rebounds. Kalen Kimberland made 7 of 11 floor shots and scored 20 points. Daronté Clark had 12 points, 10 rebounds and three steals.
Kearsten Marion had 13 points and three assists for Bluefield, which went 14 for 17 at the foul line. Carpenter was 11 for 12 in free throws.
The Rams take on Pikeville, the No. 2 team in NAIA Division I, at 8 p.m. Thursday on the road.