Women’s basketball looks to bounce back at home against Fairmont State
Wheeling, W.Va — The Wheeling University women’s basketball team (6-16, 6-12) is looking to earn their third home win this season. The contest will be against Mountain East Conference affiliate Fairmont State University (12-11, 10-8) Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Alma Grace McDonough Center.
Last Saturday, the Cardinals faced the region’s No. 1 team, Glenville State College (22-0, 17-0). The game didn’t go Wheeling’s favor, but it wasn’t without a big effort from the team. With the final score being 105-47, Wheeling’s Lauren Calhoun continued to be a dominant force in the paint, as they finished with 18 points.
The first quarter saw Wheeling start strong. Keeping a one-point game for the first five minutes, the Cardinals were starting to gain momentum. But as the quarter progressed, the Cardinals shot 4-13 from the field. At the end of one, the score was 25-10, Glenville. The second quarter was better offensively for Wheeling, shooting 7-15 from the field and scoring a total of 15 points. Ava Lickliter, Ally Ziegler, Shanley Woods, Jacqui Hinesmon and Emilie Holzopfel all contributed to the second.
The third quarter was tough for Wheeling as they only scored nine points. Glenville was able to extend its lead to 78-34 at the end of the third quarter. The fourth quarter saw a better offensive performance from the Cardinals, scoring 13 points. All but two Cardinals who entered the game were able to score points.
Redemption is now on the minds of the Wheeling University women’s basketball team. Their next chance for victory will come against seventh-ranked (MEC ranked) Fairmont State University. It’s a big game for Wheeling, as improving the conference standings is still a priority with the MEC playoff tournament looming. Currently ninth, the Cardinals would like to create movement before the end of the season.
Wednesday night’s game will be the 42nd all-time meeting between the two schools. Currently, Fairmont leads the series 26-16. Looking to take their win tally to 17, Wheeling would also like to improve their home winning record to seven games against the Falcons.
The last time the Cardinals faced Fairmont State, Wheeling hung on to win 71-69. Calhoun had a crushing night, scoring 25 points and 21 rebounds. Wanderhorn Shamia also stepped up, scoring 12 points, nine rebounds and three assists. A full effort contributed to the narrow win as Wheeling had six players scoring five-plus points. The Cardinals are looking to defeat the Falcons for the second time this season.
Tipping for Wednesday night’s game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. inside the Alma Grace McDonough Center. You can watch the game live by clicking HERE or follow live statistics HERE.