The Rams fell to a hot Glenville State squad on the road Saturday afternoon 111-103, the team’s third loss in a row. The loss brings the Rams’ season record to 3-4, including 1-3 in conference play thus far. Glenville State picked up their sixth win of the season and are now 6-1 and 3-1 in Mountain East Conference action.
It was a tough loss for the Rams, as the 103 points scored against Glenville Saturday were the most all season for them and they just could not come up with enough defensive stops in the closing moments to earn the victory. It was a real back and forth game between the two teams until the Pioneers were eventually able to build up a 12-point lead at 78-66 heading into the fourth quarter.
That 12-point lead didn’t last long as the Rams were able to bring the game to a close as 92-90 with just over five minutes remaining in the game after a Liz Moorman free throw. It was a missed opportunity to take the lead and secure a needed road win as the game was never closer following that point. In just under four minutes the Pioneers extended their lead to 14 by hitting clutch threes and free throws.
For the game, five Rams scored in double digits with senior guard Kayla Tibbs leading the way with 31 points. Tibbs was second in scoring to only Glenville States Emily Stoller and her 34. Sophomore forward Sydney Clayton with 28, freshman guard Hannah Myers with 12, senior guard Kari Lankford with 11, and sophomore guard Marley McLaughlin with 10 all finished with 10 points or more in the loss.
The Rams shooting 15-30 (50 percent) in the first half followed by 18-32 (56 percent) in the second half could indicate the Rams won but Glenville’s box score denied the Rams the win. The Pioneers actually shot worse percentages than the Rams for the game at 43 percent, but the contribution from the bench players proved crucial. The Pioneers had 77 registered bench points for the game compared to just 18 for the Rams.
Glenville State also led in points off turnovers with 26 vs. 17 for the Rams and points in the paint with 59-46 advantage.
The Rams will be looking to rebound and snap their three-game losing streak when they head on the road to West Liberty West Virginia to take on the Hilltoppers Wednesday, Dec 5 at 5:30 p.m.
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