WHEELING, W.Va. - - Madison May scored a game-high 23 points as No. 3 seed Concord University outscored No. 6 seed UVa-Wise 23-6 in the second quarter to propel the Mountain Lions to a 76-62 win in the quarterfinal round of the 2019 Mountain East Conference Women's Basketball Tournament at WesBanco Arena.
Concord's (23-6) second quarter scoring spurt turned a 24-15 deficit into a 38-28 lead at intermission. May scored 15 of her game-high 23 in the half as she converted 7-of-10 free throw attempts in the opening 20 minutes. The Mountain Lions' defense forced 10 turnovers and converted the extra chances into 12 points.
UVa-Wise (13-16) got off to a fast start behind the play of Hanna Oliver. The sophomore guard scored eight of her 16 points in the opening 10 minutes to give the Cavaliers a 22-15 after a quarter of play.
Concord essentially put the game out of reach with a strong beginning to the third period. Following a 3-pointer by Keely Lundy, the No. 3 seed had a 54-34 lead with 4:58 to play in the third quarter.
From there, UVa-Wise went on a 15-3 run to close the period. Oliver closed the quarter with an off balance jump shot which followed a 3-pointer by Nokomis Williams to send the game to the final 10 minutes with Concord's lead trimmed to 57-49.
The Cavs would cut the lead to three on a bucket by Williams with 6:30 to play but, it would be as close as first-year coach Jamie Cluesman's team would get as the Mountain Lions countered with a 17-2 run to put the game out of reach.
Ada Stanley came off the bench to lead UVa-Wise with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting to join Oliver in double-figure scoring. Senior Janice Ladson played all 40 minutes in her final collegiate game, grabbing a career-best nine rebounds to lead the Cavs.
UVa-Wise shot just 11.1 percent in the second quarter but, finished the game shooting 36.7 percent. Cluesman's crew left some points on the board as the team made just 13-of-25 free throws.
Andreanna Pool finished with 16 points while Riley Fitzwater netted 12 in the win for Concord.
The win moves the Mountain Lions to the semifinals where they will face No. 2 seed Charleston Saturday afternoon.
The 13 wins this year by UVa-Wise mark a seven-win improvement from a year ago.
The contest was the final for the Cavs in the MEC, next year they will compete in the South Atlantic Conference.