The UVa-Wise Highland Cavalier women’s basketball team defeated Shepherd University at the David J. Prior Convocation Center on Jan. 28.
UVa-Wise scored the most points since becoming members of the NCAA Division II Mountain East Conference with a final score of 102-63.
In the first period, the Cavs jumped out to a 28-14 lead after junior guard Makenzie Cluesman scored ten points in ten minutes to begin the game. Forward Alle Moore also contributed, totaling eight points in her four minutes of the first period.
Kayla Carey kept up the good work in the second period, shooting 3-3 from the field with eight points. Overall, the Cavs shot 12-13 from the field in the second period.
At the half, the Cavs led the Shepherd Rams 57-33. The Cavs, who shot 72.7% from the field in the first half, took advantage of the Rams’ poor shooting percentage of 36.8%. The Cavs also managed to maintain a 100.0% free throw percentage throughout the first half.
Carey was the Cavs leading scorer in the half, who was 6-6 from the field with 14 points. Cluesman played 19 minutes in the first half, notching ten points, seven rebounds, and seven assists.
In the third period, Wise pushed the lead up to 38 points. Moore was on fire, scoring 11 of her 25 points. Taylor Sandidge also added six points and three assists.
Wise capped off the game by scoring 16 points in the fourth period and pushing over the 100-point mark. Alle Moore led the Cavs in scoring, finishing with a total of 25 points. Makenzie Cluesman also had a strong performance as she totaled 12 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. Cluesman, who ended her game with a double-double, finished only two assists shy of a triple-double.
When asked what she thought about the win, Coach Kristin Kunzman said, “I’m very proud of the girls, they played for 40 minutes and it was a team win.”
Kunzman was also asked which of her players she thought made a large impact in the game. “Honestly, I think all of them did. I don’t feel like that’s something that coaches always say, but the energy on the bench definitely flowed through to the girls on the floor,” Kunzman said.
“I think Alle (Moore) stuck out. She had 25 points, a lot of them hustle points, and Makenzie Cluesman; she almost had a triple-double. She’s probably been the most consistent player since she’s been healthy in the last couple weeks.”
Moore also commented on her big game in which she totaled a career-high in points. “It feels good. I didn’t even know I was getting close,” Moore said.
UVa-Wise’s next home game will take place on Feb. 18 against Notre Dame College at the David J. Prior Convocation Center.