Glenville State rallies to win MEC Tournament Title

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CHARLESTON, W.VA (WDTV) - (GSC game release):

Charleston, W.Va. – The Glenville State Lady Pioneer basketball team won their 29th straight game on Sunday as they defeated the Notre Dame College Falcons 81-77 for the 2018 MEC Tournament Championship.

Glenville State (30-1) had 10 of their 12 players score while forcing Notre Dame (23-9) into 23 turnovers as they as they claimed their second MEC Tournament Championship in school history.

The first quarter both teams went back and forth early with neither team holding more than a three-point lead. GSC and NDC tied up at 6-6, following the tie the Lady Pioneers went on an 11-0 run as they built a nine point lead at 15-6 with 5:50 to play. However, the Falcons battled back and cut GSC's lead to just three, 21-18 with 2:19 on the clock.

Glenville State ended up hitting six three-pointers in the first quarter as they held an eight point lead after one, 26-18.

Courtney Davis would start the second quarter with a three-pointer for GSC, their seventh of the game, as they went on a small 5-0 run as they led 31-18. But the hot shooting of the Lady Pioneers would cool off as Notre Dame made a 6-0 run and cut GSC's lead to seven, 31-24 with 6:30 on the clock.

The shooting woes continued for Glenville State as they then went 0-for-10 from the field. Midway through the second, Notre Dame roared back and took a one point lead over the Lady Pioneers, 34-33 with 3:05 till halftime.

Despite the poor shooting the Lady Pioneers still held a five point lead at halftime, 41-36.

Glenville State started the third quarter on an 11-4 run as they built another double digit lead, this time at 12 points, 52-40 at the 5:38 minute mark. However the Falcons would not give up as they went on to outscore the Lady Pioneers 20-17 in the quarter as they cut GSC's lead to just two points, 58-56 heading into the fourth.

Notre Dame tied the game up early in the fourth at 60-60. Responding back for GSC, Emily Stoller hit a deep three-pointer, the first of the second half, to put the Lady Pioneers up by three, 63-60 with 8:25 to play.

Notre Dame then answered right back as they scored the next five points as the Falcons took a one point lead at 67-66 with 6:01 to play. GSC and NDC then traded baskets as we had five quick lead changes and the Lady Pioneers trailed the Falcons at the 3:27 minute mark 71-70.

Glenville State then got a huge lift from seniors Kristin DesRocher and Paris McLeod as they combined for the teams last 10-of-11 points as they held on to defeat Notre Dame College, 81-75.

Glenville State shot 36 percent from the field and shot 22 percent from deep as they went just 9-of-41 from three-point land. Notre Dame shot 41 percent from the floor and just 11 percent from deep.

The Lady Pioneers defense forced 23 turnovers and converted them into 31 points. Notre Dame won the rebounding battle 51 to 47 and outscored GSC in the paint 48-34.

Paris McLeod led the way for the Lady Pioneers as she scored a game-high 23 points while grabbing nine rebounds, and handing out five assists. She also had five steals on the day. Krisitin DesRocher chipped in with 17 points and pulled down six boards. Courtney Davis went 3-of-6 from deep as she scored 11 points.

Kim Cook led the way for Notre Dame as she scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as she posted a double-double. Seina Adachi chipped in with 17 points.

Glenville State (30-1) will now wait and see where and who they will play in the 2018 NCAA DII Women's Basketball Tournament. The selection show is tonight Sunday, March 4th at 10:00 p.m. and can be viewed here: https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-women/article/2018-03-01/ncaa-reveal-64-team-field-dii-womens-basketball