Cavaliers Defeat Yellow Jackets on Half-Court Miracle

After not playing in over a week, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise women’s basketball team won a conference matchup against West Virginia State University 87-84 on Wednesday night on a last-second shot from sophomore guard JK Cummings.

IMG_7301_2The Cavaliers led by 10 points with just over three minutes remaining in the game when the Yellow Jackets went on a 13-3 scoring run to tie up the game after junior Anna Ross made one of two free throws with four seconds left in the game. Cummings received the inbound pass underneath the basket and raced down the court before heaving the ball from the half court line as time expired for the game-winning shot.

“That was the good Lord, that wasn’t me,” Cummings said of the last-second shot. “I think we just played hard as a team, and we came in as the underdogs and we did what we needed to do to keep it a close game all game to have it come down to that.”

The game-winning shot was her only basket of the night, as Cummings finished with five points, three rebounds and three assists. Freshman Mackenzie King led the Cavaliers in scoring with 21 points, while also recording eight rebounds and five assists.

IMG_7342_2“I just want to contribute as much as I can, and they let me shoot,” King said. “They weren’t really pushing me to do anything, so I just shot and was able to contribute in that way.”

For the fourth time this season, junior Cynita Webb recorded a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore Hanna Oliver added 20 points on a career-high six three-point field goals.

The Cavaliers as a team set several season-highs in the win, with their 87 points being the most since a 92-81 win over Wheeling Jesuit on Jan. 13. The team’s 54 rebounds and six blocks were the most since recording 56 rebounds and 13 blocks against Shepherd University on Feb. 10. Wednesday’s performance also moved UVa-Wise into position as the Mountain East Conference leader in field goal percentage defense, as they have allowed opponents to shoot only 37.6 percent from the field.

IMG_7302_2The Cavaliers (3-3, 2-1 MEC) will be on the road for their next two games, playing at University of Charleston on Saturday afternoon and then at West Virginia Wesleyan College on Wednesday night. They will return to Wise for their final home game of the month on Dec. 8 when they host Glenville State College at 12 p.m.

“We’re going to enjoy this win tonight, and tomorrow we’ve got to go 6:30 a.m. practice, so we’re moving on to Charleston. Charleston is a very, very good team. We’re going to see a little bit of pressure — I don’t think as much pressure as we saw today — so we just have to keep being the aggressors and not allow their 1-2-2 or three-quarter court press alter our game plan,” head coach Jamie Cluesman said. “It’s our first road test, so we’re going to see what these girls are made of, but we’ll be ready. We’ve just got to execute.”

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