Wheeling Jesuit's Jaila Bryant put up 23 big points with an injured hand to lead the Cardinals to a first round Mountain East playoff win over the Concord Mountain Lions.
With the win, the Cardinals advance to the MEC quarterfinals at the tournament in Charleston on Thursday. Tipoff for the playoff bumper match is set for 6:00 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.
"I'm just ecstatic for the girls," said WJU head coach Debbie Buff. "We were a little nervous in the first half, and we told them to come out and just be aggressive in the second half, and it worked. It's the first time in a long time that we'll be playing in the tournament though, so we couldn't be happier."
In addition to Bryant's 23 points, the Cardinals were led by Taylor Lubinsky who put in 13 points and pulled down five boards. Senior Taneka Lewis had a big night in her final appearance at the McDonough Center with 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
There were a lot of missed shots throughout the game with Wise going 21-60 for 35-percent, and the Cardinals had their issues as well going 21-48 for 44-percetnt. Taylor Lubinsky hit a pair of clutch threes for two of WJU's five from behind the arc.
Rebounds were a bright spot for WJU, collecting 48 team boards over the bigger and more physical Concord's 32.
The Cardinals will get another shot at upsetting the MEC's #1 team, the Glenville Pioneers on Thursday, a team they famously upset just three weeks prior.