Charles Dickens said it best, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Who knew he would be talking about the Lady Blues road game at West Virginia Tech on Wednesday night. Although in this tale of two halves, it was the worst of times first and the best of times second. Traveling to Beckley, the Lady Blues were taking on a WVU-Tech team that had reeled off 13 wins in a row, already won their conference title, and had also secured a spot in the NAIA National Tournament. However, when the dust settled at the end of 40 minutes of play, it was the Lady Blues who would walk away with a thrilling 73-72 come from behind victory.
The first half saw the home team jump out to a 17-4 lead after the first period and a pretty commanding 37-21 lead at the half. The Lady Blues struggled a little in the first half only going 8 for 25 from the floor, while the Golden Bears were able to shoot a solid 50% on 15 of 30 from the floor.
The third period saw the home team build their lead to 21 points before the Lady Blues started to turn things around and trim the lead to 9 by the time the quarter came to a close. The Lady Blues were able to cut into the lead by shooting a torrid 8 of 12 from the floor; making as many field goals in the period as they did the entire first half.
The fourth period would see WVU-Tech build their lead back up to 15 with just under 7:00 remaining on the clock. This was when the defense would really pick up for the Lady Blues. They would hold the Golden Bears to just 6 more points the rest of the game.
After two made free throws from the home team put WVU-Tech up 70-57 with 4:45 remaining, the Lady Blues would go on a 15-2 run to close out the game. A back door lay-up from Dani Janutolo turned into an old fashioned three point play and would get the run started. After a couple of defensive stops, Alexus Tucker would add a traditional three pointer less than a minute later trimming the lead to seven (70-63). WVU-Tech would add a made free throw, but two made free throws and a made lay-up from Lyndsay Hatfield sandwiched around another made free throw from the home team would trim the lead to five with just over 2:00 remaining in the game.
With 1:35 left on the clock, the Lady Blues would force an errant shot that would lead to a defensive rebound from Janutolo and was pushed ahead by Hatfield who fed Tucker for the easy fast break lay-up to trim the lead to 3. After a mad scramble for the loose ball that was secured by Jia Coppola on the next possession, led to another fast break lay-up with Hatfield feeding Janutolo for the easy lay-up as the lead was trimmed to 1 with exactly 1:00 showing on the clock.
WVU-Tech would miss a shot on their next possession, but an offensive rebound would allow them to work the clock down even more and after another missed shot, the ball was knocked out of bounds off of the Golden Bears with :14.8 remaining. After a timeout to advance the ball to in front of the Lady Blues bench, Tucker would feed Hatfield the ball and watch her drive to the rim and finish off the scoring on the night with what turned out to be the game winner with :7.8 left to go in the ball game. Two highly contested shots would fall short for Tech and the Lady Blues would capture the comeback victory.
Janutolo and Hatfield would lead the way scoring 20 each, with Hatfield adding 5 rebounds. Kara Sandy added 14 off of the bench as the other double digit scorer. Tucker added a season high 9 assists in the victory. The Lady Blues will return home on Saturday for Senior Day when they take on Salem University. Scheduled tip-off is 2:00 p.m.