Shawnee State women’s basketball fell behind early but rallied to defeat West Virginia Tech 85-62.
West Virginia Tech would lead for most of the first quarter, pushing the lead out to as many as seven points. However, the Bears would cut the lead, tying the game at 14 with 2:27 to go before WVU-T got the lead out back to 17-14 to end the quarter. The West Virginia Tech lead would get back out to five before Shawnee State would go on a 12-2 run to take a 35-26 lead. SSU would lead 40-36 at halftime.
Shawnee State would end the game in the third quarter, outscoring West Virginia Tech 22-8 to take a 62-46 lead at the end of the quarter. From there the Bears would extend the lead to as many as 22 before a late Golden Bears run would cut the lead to the winning 17-point margin.
Madison Ridout led a balanced SSU attack with 16 points. Ashton Lovely was the only other Bear in double figures, with 13 points. Eight Shawnee State players scored at least seven points on the night, and nine of 10 Bears would score in the game.
Zjhane West had 16 points to lead West Virginia Tech, aided by 12 from Savannah Shamblin and 10 from Cheyenne Lusk.
With the win, Shawnee State improves to 23-2 on the season. West Virginia Tech fell to 16-8.
Earlier in the evening, a new NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll was released, with the Shawnee State women remaining #6 in the country. The Bears went 4-1 since the previous poll was released, with the only loss coming to #4 Lindsey Wilson, who also held steady. The top 11 spots in the poll remained the same.
Shawnee State are back to Mid-South Conference play on Saturday, February 4th when they host Georgetown. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.