Bluefield State Athletics
Lady Blues Basketball Postseason Preview
The Bluefield State College women’s basketball teams closed their 2011-12 regular season yesterday against in-county rival Concord University and will quickly turn their attention to the 2012 WVIAC Tournament.
The Lady Blues earned the 13th seed after finishing the season 7-21 with a 6-16 WVIAC record, their best finish since the 07-08 season.
The Lady Blues will travel to Shepherdstown, W. Va. to take on no. 4 seed Shepherd University (18-10, 15-7 WVIAC).
The Lady Blues have won two out of their last three games and will be led by recently named All-Conference Honorable Mention honoree Charlene Diggs who averages 16.1 points per game, ninth best in the WVIAC. Diggs, always a three-point threat is fourth in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (39.5) and third in the conference and 26th in the nation in three-pointers made a game (2.6).
Dragana Tomic is the Lady Blues second leading scorer with 10.4 points per game and she leads the team in assists with three a game and in steals with 2.1 a game, eighth best in the conference.
Sophomore Shae Mebane has come on strong for the Lady Blues as of late, scoring in double-figures in eight of her last 10 games averaging 15.4 points per game over that stretch and to finish the season averaging 7.8 points per game, third best on the team.
Freshman Tasia Nolan leads the Lady Blues on the boards, grabbing 6.2 rebounds a game.
In their lone matchup this season, Shepherd got the better of the Lady Blues 74-58 as the Lady Rams featured a well-balanced offensive attack with four double-digit scorers led by All-WVIAC Second Team guard Katie Biggs who scored 20 points.
The Lady Rams are on a three-game win streak and have won nine out of their last 10 games. All-WVIAC Second Team guard Emily Daniel leads their offense with 13.0 points per game followed by Biggs with 12.5 points a game.
Defensively, Shepherd is one of the better teams in the conference. They are ranked second in the WVIAC in scoring defense, holding their opponents to only 64.6 points per game and are ranked first in field goal percentage defense, keeping their opponents to a 37.5 field goal percentage. They are equally sound on the boards, leading the conference in rebounding margin, out-rebounding their opponents by 7.1 per game.