For the second week in a row, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise split their road games with a 71-59 win against West Virginia State University on Thursday and a 73-67 loss to Concord University on Saturday.
The Cavaliers started off Thursday’s game with an 8-0 scoring run to quickly take the lead over the Yellow Jackets. The Cavaliers trailed for only 38 seconds throughout the whole game, as junior Cynita Webb scored on a layup with just over two minutes left in the first quarter to give UVa-Wise the lead for good.
Webb led the Cavaliers with 20 points and 14 rebounds — giving her her ninth double-double of the season and her third 20-point performance. Sophomore Hanna Oliver was second on the team in scoring with 14 points, while senior Ashley Cullen and sophomore Ada Stanley tied for second on the team with 10 rebounds each. Sophomore Nokomis Williams also matched her season-high with four blocks in the win.
After trailing by seven at halftime on Saturday, the Cavaliers responded by scoring 43 of their 67 points in the second half. Senior Janice Ladson scored to bring the team within two points of the Mountain Lions with just over two minutes remaining in the game, but the Cavaliers made only one of their final eight shots to close out the game.
Sophomore Kalee Johnson came off the bench to score a career-high 17 points, with 13 of them coming in the second half. Webb recorded her 10th double-double of the year with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Oliver scored 12 points for her third double-digit scoring performance in her last four games.
The Cavaliers are now 8-10 for the season and are currently in seventh place in the Mountain East Conference with a 6-6 record. They will return to the David J. Prior Convocation Center on Wednesday night when they host West Virginia Wesleyan College at 5:30. They will then head back out on the road on Saturday afternoon when they take on Glenville State College at 2.
With an 87-79 loss to the Yellow Jackets and an 83-82 loss to the Mountain Lions, the Cavaliers extended their losing streak to seven games last week — their longest losing streak since the 2016-17 season.
The Cavaliers watched their five-point lead disappear halfway through the first period after a 17-7 scoring run by the Yellow Jackets. WVSU used that momentum to enter halftime with an 11-point lead over UVa-Wise. The Cavaliers tied the game twice in the second period — first on a three-pointer from freshman Briggs Parris and then on a free throw from freshman Jordan Twyman — but they were never able to regain the lead.
Parris led UVa-Wise with 29 points while shooting 7-for-15 from three-point range for the second-highest scoring performance of his career. Freshman Cameron Whiteside recorded his first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Kaeleb Carter was third on the team with 12 points while also contributing three rebounds, three assists and three steals.
On Saturday, the Cavaliers came up just short against the Mountain Lions despite outscoring them 50-45 in the second half. With 51 seconds remaining, Carter made a three-pointer to bring the Cavaliers within one point of Concord, but a missed layup by junior Eric Okenchi in the final seconds saw the late comeback attempt fall short.
UVa-Wise recorded a season-low 28 rebounds in the loss, with senior Rahji Langford recording a team-high eight rebounds. Carter set career-highs with 21 points and six three-pointers in the loss, while Okenchi finished second on the team with 18 points.
The Cavaliers are now 5-12 for the season and are tied for ninth place in the Mountain East Conference with a 3-9 record. They will return home on Wednesday night to host West Virginia Wesleyan at 7:30, before playing on the road at Glenville State on Saturday afternoon at 4.