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Lady Hilltoppers Punch Ticket to Charleston

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The West Liberty University women's basketball team held Ohio Valley scoreless for more than 8 minutes in the first half and were never threatened Monday night in rolling to an 81-39 victory in a West Virginia Conference tournament first-round game at the ASRC.

Coach Lynn Ullom's No. 2-seeded Hilltoppers (20-7) will take on No. 7 seed Shepherd (14-13) in a 3 p.m. quarterfinal tilt Wednesday afternoon at the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum.
The Lady Rams needed a late 3-pointer to edge upset-minded Bluefield State, 62-61, in their first-round game on Monday night.
"We were a little sloppy tonight," Ullom said, "but I'd much rather be walking away from a 40-point tournament win than have to hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer. There's a lot of parity in the league this year as you can tell by all the first-round upsets tonight so playing well enough down the stretch to earn that No. 2 seed paid off for us."
West Liberty reeled off 18 unanswered points over an 8 1/2-minute span of the first half to put the Fighting Scots (2-25) out of their misery in short order.
A pair of Jenn Mohney free throws closed out the surge, putting the Hilltoppers up by a whopping 30-7 margin with 3:31 still to play in the first half.
West Liberty settled for a 36-13 lead at intermission and led by as many as 46 points in the waning minutes.
"Tonight was all about the defensive end," Ullom said. "We did a good job of pushing them off the line on the perimeter and made it hard for them to pound the ball inside. They had a bad shooting night, as well, so it was pretty tough for them."
Senior Meghan Wiseman led all scorers with 21 points in her final game at the ASRC while fellow senior Jordan Stacey came off the bench for 10 points and 10 rebounds. Hillary Southworth added 17 points, 5 steals and 4 assists while Liz Flowers chipped in with 10 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.
Kayla Parsley had 11 points and 13 rebounds to pace OVU.
"It was good to see Meghan and Jordan finish strong in their last home game," Ullom said. "We're going to need contributions from everybody if we're going to make a run in Charleston.
"We can't go down there and give up 25 offensive rebounds and turn the ball over 19 times like we did tonight but if we play well, we're fully capable of winning the tournament. We're the only one of the 8 teams remaining that's beaten every other team so I think we have a legitimate shot."
X The Lady Hilltoppers are 106-27 (.797) in February games since the 2001 season
X Ullom improved to 13-0 in WVIAC first-round games since they were moved to campus sites in 1995
X West Liberty locked up its 12th 20-win season in the past 14 years
X The Hilltoppers have won the last 34 meetings with Ohio Valley to take a 34-1 lead in the series
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