The West Liberty men’s and women’s basketball team will play against Glenville State College this Saturday in Glenville, West Virginia. Tip-off for the women’s game is scheduled for 2 p.m., with the men’s game scheduled to start at 4 p.m.
The men’s team just had their 13 game winning streak snapped by Charleston this past Saturday in a thrilling overtime game. The team is now 20-3 overall and 16-2 in the Mountain East Conference. Despite the loss, the Hilltoppers are still in first place in the MEC and ranked in the top five nationally.
The Lady Toppers improved their winning streak to eight games with the big win over Charleston. They are now 17-7 overall and 14-4 in conference games and their last loss came against Concord on Jan. 19. This weekend’s game will be a big test for the surging Hilltoppers, as they will be taking on the number one team in the conference.
On the men’s side, the Glenville State Pioneers are 10-14 overall and 5-13 in the conference. They are currently in ninth place out of 12 teams in the conference. On the flip side, the Lady Pioneers sit on top of the conference standings with a 17-1 record in MEC games and a 22-2 overall record.
These two teams faced off in mid-November and the men’s team scored a season-high 158 points in a landslide victory over Glenville. Eight Hilltoppers scored double digits with sophomore guard Dalton Bolon leading the way with 31 points. All 12 Hilltoppers that checked into the game scored at least three points. Sophomore forward Marlon Moore Jr. led the team with 11 rebounds and two steals.
Unfortunately, for the women’s team, the first meeting wasn’t as successful as they had hoped, as they fell to Glenville State 122-105 in the ASRC. Lady Pioneer Emily Stoller led all scorers with a massive 44 point game. Five Lady Toppers scored 11 or more points, with Marissa Brown leading the way with 34 points and 14 rebounds. Coming off of the bench junior guard Morgan Brunner added 20 points with 12 of them coming from three-point field goals.
The West Liberty men’s and women’s basketball team have already clinched their spots in the conference tournament that will be played in Wheeling, West Virginia. With a little more than a week left in the regular season, both teams are still fighting for their post-season seeds. The men’s team is two games ahead of second place, and the women’s team is in a three-way tie for second place.
The women’s game will start on Saturday in Glenville at 2 p.m., and the men’s game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Be sure to pick-up next week’s issue of the Trumpet for more previews. Follow the Trumpet Twitter for in-game updates.
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