Salem, WV- The Ladies traveled to Salem, West Virginia to play in the Manchin Classic hosted by Salem International for the 2nd straight season. The Big Blues played the host's Salem International Friday and played Central State for the 2nd and final time this season on Saturday. The ladies just could not put together a complete game each time out on the court and lost 81-57 to Salem International and 72-49 to Central State.
Game 1 saw Bluefield State take on Salem International. This game was a back and forth affair during the 1st quart as Salem Int'l only had a 4-point lead. The Tigers then started to break down the Big Blues Defense and extended their lead at half time. But the Big Blues came back in the 3rd quarter cutting the lead to 18. But the ladies could not overcome the deficit and lost 81-57. But the highlight of the night comes from Tanasia Blake who had herself a monster of a game. Blake went 8-20 from the field and 3-4 from behind the arc. She was able to tack on 5 free throws to give her 24 points, a season high for the game. Blake was also grabbing all sorts of rebounds, securing 7 offensive and 13 defensive rebounds on the night.
Chloe Layne also had an impressive performance that may have been over shadowed a little bit by Blake's. Layne scored 12 points, going 4-8 from downtown. She also added 2 steals and 2 rebounds for the night.
Game 2 did not see Blake lead all scorers again, but this time saw Lyndsay Hatfield led the Big Blues in scoring with 16. Hatfield went 5-11 with 3 three-pointers for the game. She also was 2 rebounds short of her first double-double this season. As mentioned earlier Tanasia Blake was not the leading scorer for BSC but was able to get another double-double in the game against Central State. Blake ended the game with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
This rematch against Central State was a lot better than the first time these 2 teams met. Bluefield State scored more and held Central State to 9 points fewer this time around. The glaring difference in these two games was the number of turnovers. The first time the Big Blues had an incredible 40 turnovers but were much less careless with the ball this time, turning the ball over 27 times.
But next for the ladies is the Herb Sims Classic. Bluefield State plays a tough Glenville State team Friday at 7:00 pm. Then they play West Virginia State on Saturday at 3:00. Tickets will be $5.00 both days. If you buy a ticket Friday, you can also see the Men's Basketball Team take on West Virginia Wesleyan at 3:00 pm and the 1st game of the Herb Sims Classic at 5:00 pm (The Apprentice School vs West Virginia State). Saturday the $5.00 ticket will get you in to see The Apprentice School take on Glenville State at 1:00 pm as well as the Big Blues game at 3:00 pm.