WHEELING -The Wheeling Jesuit men's hoops team bounced back from Sunday's loss to Virginia-Wise in a big way on Monday, shaking off the holiday rust to dominate Concord University 100-72.
The Cardinals advance to 6-3 overall on the season and 4-2 in conference play, good enough to bump them up to third place overall in the Mountain East.
From the get-go, WJU showed their intentions to play an up-tempo game shooting 51.6% from the field, and holding the Mountain Lions (who fell short of #1 West Liberty by just 5 points earlier in the week) to just 27% in the first half.
Freshman duo Matt Stewart and Kyle Ritz combined for 18 points in the first half, leading the Cardinals on a 14-0 run mid way through the period to pull away from Concord and give WJU a big 43-22 lead at the break.
Justin Fritts, who only had three points in the first half, caught fire down the stretch putting in 19 more points for a game-high 22. Also finishing strong for the Cards was Andre Harris, who was a terror all night, scoring a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Eric Siefert also had a big night with 16 points.
Wheeling Jesuit 70 Concord 55
WHEELING - The Wheeling Jesuit women's basketball team extended its winning streak to four on Monday, knocking off a larger and more physical Concord University team.
The win puts the Cardinals at .500 on the season this far, and brings them to 2-4 this season in Mountain East Conference Play.
Leading the Cardinals in the stat column was Tanka Lewis, who put in 12 points with four assists in 28 minutes before going down with an injury late in the second half.
Also having a big night for the Cards were usual standouts Breanna Butler and Jaila Bryant who had 10 points and 8 points, respectively.
The WJU bench was a big contributor on the night, adding 28 points, led by Kylie Frizell with 10, Jaana Motton who had 7, and Madison Strall who had 6 points in just 12 minutes.
West Liberty 82
WEST LIBERTY - The West Liberty University women's basketball team burst out of the blocks with a 12-2 run and never looked back in rolling to a victory against UVA-Wise at the ASRC.
Coach Lynn Ullom's Hilltoppers (6-6, 3-3) held the Cavaliers (6-4, 2-4) to just 33 percent shooting from the floor and dominated the backboards at both ends of the court, posting a 53-31 rebounding advantage in the blowout win.
Junior sharpshooter Jenn Mohney fueled West Liberty's fast start, scoring 11 of her 16 points in the first 5 minutes to stake the hosts to an early 15-5 lead.
That's when freshman Emily Bucon took center stage.
The former Wheeling Central standout was all over the court, pouring in 19 of her career-high 23 points in the first half while forcing turnovers, tracking down loose balls and even helping out with post defense in a pinch.
Liz Flowers backed Bucon with 21 points while Mohney had 8 rebounds to go along with her 16 points.