Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Lady Hilltoppers Top Century Mark Again

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. – The West Liberty University women’s basketball team hit the century mark for the second time in the past three games here Tuesday night as the fast-starting Hilltoppers blasted Alderson-Broaddus, 101-45, at the ASRC.

West Liberty (4-1, 1-0) opened the game with a 26-3 barrage and held a 56-14 lead at halftime before coasting home against the winless Battlers (0-4, 0-2). The Hilltoppers had hammered St. Paul’s (Va.), 110-60, on Friday in a tournament at Shippensburg (Pa.).

“We came out a little more aggressive on defense than we usually do,” Hilltopper head coach Lynn Ullom said. “We wanted to play the game at a faster speed than they were comfortable with and our kids did a good job handling what was a little different approach for them.

“I really liked the way all of our kids stayed within the system and shared the ball even after the margin started getting big. We had 30 assists on 40 baskets tonight and our shot selection stayed pretty consistent the whole game.”

Kayla Ayers came off the bench to lead five double-figure scorers for the hosts with a career-high 20 points. Tori Hansen added 16 points and 7 rebounds while Meghan Wiseman had a dozen points. Laura Malernee and Jordan Stacey rounded out the double-figure scorers with 11 points each. Stacey also chipped in with a game-high 8 rebounds while Jenni Robbins added 8 points and 7 assists.

Alderson-Broaddus didn’t have a player in double figures. Cayla Rhodes led the way with 7 points for the visitors.

“At this stage of the season,” Ullom said, “you want to be walking off the court after the game feeling like you’re a better team than you had been when you walked on the court before the game. I thought this game was a nice step forward for us.”

The West Liberty women will be idle over the Thanksgiving weekend but return to action at home on Tuesday against Fairmont State in a rematch of last season’s WVIAC Tournament championship game.

Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. at the ASRC.

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