Saturday, December 11, 2010
Luckett scores 30 in loss to West Liberty, 88-83
With the loss, the Vulcans fall to 4-2 this season after their win streak was stopped at three games. Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers improve to 7-1 this year after making the NCAA Tournament last season.
Luckett finished with 30 points on 13-of-23 shooting from the field and four-of-five from the free-throw line. She also collected eight rebounds (two offensive) and three steals against West Liberty. The 5-5 guard is scoring 14.7 points in her first season as a starter after averaging just 2.9 points over the last two seasons.
Junior forward Amy Johns (McKeesport, Pa./McKeesport) registered her first double-double of the season (second career) with 21 points and a team-high 13 rebounds. She struggled from the field, making just 9-of-26 attempts. Senior forward Kayla Smith (Elkins, W.Va./Elkins) finished with 13 points and nine rebounds despite battling foul trouble in the second half, while sophomore Megan Kermond (Adelaide, Australia/Unley) added nine points after hitting three treys off the bench.
West Liberty held a 41-35 lead at halftime before the teams combined for six lead changes and three ties in the second half. The Hilltoppers stretched their lead to 13 points, 52-39, before the Vulcans countered with a 13-2 run to cut the deficit to two points, 54-52, with 13:31 remaining. Cal U managed to take its second lead of the game, 58-57, when Kermond made a three-pointer at the 12:01-mark.
With the score tied at 79-79 and 3:00 remaining, the Hilltoppers scored on back-to-back possessions to take an 83-79 advantage before hitting five free-throws in the final minute to seal the victory.
After shooting over 56 percent in the second half, the Vulcans finished the game making 48.6 percent (35-of-72) from the field and 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from the free-throw line. In comparison, the Hilltoppers shot 44.3 percent (31-of-70) from the floor after making 13-of-33 attempts (39.4 percent) from three-point territory.
The trio of Johns, Luckett and Smith combined for 30 rebounds and helped Cal U out-rebound West Liberty by a 44-40 margin. However, the Hilltoppers forced the Vulcans into 17 turnovers and scored 22 points off turnovers.
Senior Tori Hansen paced West Liberty with a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds, while classmate Laura Malernee finished with 24 points behind eight three-pointers.
Cal U returns to action at the Komen Shoot for the Cure Classic tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 12, when it faces Shippensburg at 1 p.m.