Women’s basketball splits opening weekend series at Limestone College
GAFFNEY, S.C.—After losing their season opener 94-83 to Limestone College, the Cavaliers bounced back with a 34-point victory on Saturday afternoon with an 87-53 win over Converse College.
The Cavaliers jumped out to a 20-8 lead over Converse at the end of the first quarter, and by halftime their lead had grown to 40-17. They never looked back from that point, as they outscored Converse 47-36 over the final two periods. Senior Cynita Webb led the team with 19 points and 13 rebounds to record her second double-double of the season. Redshirt junior Kalee Johnson scored a career-high 18 points in the win, while the Cavaliers had three other double-digit scores in junior Hanna Oliver (11), sophomore Mackenzie King (10) and freshman Nia Vanzant (14). Freshman Caitlyn Ross contributed in multiple categories for the Cavaliers, finishing with seven points, seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals.
On Friday night UVa-Wise carried a 41-38 lead into halftime against Limestone, but the Saints limited them to 13 points in the third quarter and would go on to defeat the Cavaliers by 11 points. Webb picked up where she left off from her junior year, scoring 20 points with 13 rebounds to record her first double-double of the season. Ross finished second on the team with 15 points, while King and Johnson scored 14 and 13 points respectively.
The Cavaliers (1-1) will travel to Concord University on Thursday night before returning to Wise for their home opener on Nov. 18 when they host Lees-McRae College at 5:30 p.m.
Men’s basketball drops pair at SAC-Conference Carolinas Challenge
BANNER ELK, N.C.—The Cavaliers dropped a pair of close games at the South Atlantic Conference-Conference Carolinas Challenge, falling 84-74 to King University on Friday night and losing 89-78 to Lees-McRae College on Saturday afternoon.
In the season opener, the Cavaliers battled to keep the score close early against the Tornado but were unable to ever gain a lead in the 10-point loss. Sophomore Kaeleb Carter led the team with 20 points while senior Eric Okenchi recorded 12 points against King. Sophomore Cameron Whiteside scored six points and led the team with six rebounds, while sophomore Briggs Parris made a game-high five three-pointers and finished with 17 points.
Saturday saw several lead changes between UVa-Wise and Lees-McRae, with neither team leading by double digits until just before halftime. The Cavaliers matched the Bobcats point-for-point through much of the second half, but they were unable to overcome the halftime deficit. Whiteside led the team with 21 points and a game-high seven rebounds, while Carter and senior Chance Sheffey finished with 10 and 13 points respectively.
The Cavaliers (0-2) will try for their first win of the season on Tuesday night in their home opener against Piedmont International University. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the David J. Prior Convocation Center.
Ciara Kain milestone provides highlight in weekend series
Senior Ciara Kain’s 1,000th career kill was the highlight of the Cavaliers’ weekend series, as they lost to Wingate University 25-15, 25-6, 25-8 on Friday night before falling 23-25, 36-34, 25-19, 26-24 at Coker University.
On Saturday the Cavaliers took the first set against Coker 25-23, and despite forcing the second set to a 36-34 conclusion they dropped the final three sets to the Cobras. The win in the opening set snapped a losing streak of 28 consecutive sets, as they earned their first win since taking the third set 25-21 against Coker on Oct. 12. Sophomore Matelyn Gibson tied for the match-high with 13 kills while leading the Cavaliers with three service aces. Kain and sophomore Kelsey Green each recorded a double-double in the loss, as Kain finished with 12 kills and 11 digs while Green ended the afternoon with 11 kills and 12 digs.
Kain recorded her 1,000th kill on Friday night, as she led the team with seven kills against Wingate. Senior Morgan Milligan had 13 assists and finished second on the team with seven digs, while senior Briana Kerr led the team with 11 digs.
The Cavaliers (1-24) return to Wise on Friday night where they will host Newberry College at 7, before hosting Anderson University on Saturday afternoon at 2 for Senior Day.