Charleston’s Win Streak Snapped in Loss to Concord

The Concord University women’s basketball team took down Charleston 70-58 in a Mountain East Conference matchup held at the Wehrle Center Wednesday evening.  
 
The Mountain Lions led for more than 35 minutes after an early back-and-forth. A 5-0 scoring run capped by a three-pointer from graduate forward Alexis Phillips saw Concord jump ahead 14-9 with 2:34 left in the first quarter. Sophomore Abbie Smith scored six points in the opening frame as the Maroon and Gray took a 16-12 edge into the second quarter.  
 
Junior guard/forward Deja Atkinson drained a three-point basket on the opening possession of the second quarter, extending the lead to 19-12. Following Atkinson’s three, UC closed Concord’s lead to just three points, 20-17, with 8:09 left in the quarter.  
 
Then, the Mountain Lions rattled off a 9-0 scoring run with two-point baskets coming from Davidson, Smith, graduate guard Nakaila Gray, and a three-point play from senior guard Jaisah Smith to take a 29-17 lead with 5:48 left before halftime. Senior guard Maddie Ratcliff scored on a layup with 2:07 left to open up a 15-point advantage 35-20 before CU settled for a 35-23 halftime lead.
 
Concord’s second-half momentum wasn’t halted at the break, however, as A. Smith and J. Smith scored in the paint to go up by 16, 41-25, with just over a minute played in the third quarter. CU used five different scorers in the quarter to keep its margin. Meanwhile, freshman guard Ana Young drained a three-pointer with 20 seconds left in the quarter, taking a 54-38 lead into the final 10 minutes of action.  
 
With 4:44 left in the game, Ratcliff scored again in the paint to give the Mountain Lions their biggest lead of the game, 64-43. J. Smith scored four more points in the final three minutes to hold off the Golden Eagles, 70-58.   
 
From the field, CU shot a season-high 47.5 percent (28-for-59), as well as a season-high from three-point range (50 percent, 7-for-14). The seven threes hit by the Mountain Lions is tied for the second-most this season. J. Smith (15 points) and A. Smith (14 points) led Concord in scoring. Gray finished with seven points and a team-high four steals. Blankenship and Young sunk two three-pointers each.  
 
The Mountain Lions return to the Carter Center for the first game of a two-game MEC homestand against Glenville State Saturday at 2:00 p.m. 

The highly anticipated cross-town rivalry is next up for the Charleston Golden Eagles this weekend. They’ll take on the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets this Saturday in the Wehrle Innovation Center on January 27that 2:00 PM. 

WBB – University of Charleston vs Concord University – January 24, 2024 at University of Charleston Wehrle Innovation Center in Charleston, West Virginia. (Photo by Scott Abbott / Essay Media)
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