December 14th, 2017

BU women to host West Virginia State Saturday

Adam Pruiett

Bellarmine University Assistant S.I.D


BU women to host West Virginia State Saturday
file photo from Bellarmine

The Bellarmine University women's basketball team will host the last of nine straight home games to start the 2017-18 season when the Knights welcome West Virginia State this weekend.

Tip-off between the Knights (5-3) and Yellow Jackets (3-6) is at 1 p.m. (ET) Saturday. After this contest, five of Bellarmine's next six games will take place on the road.

Bellarmine is coming off a solid week in which it collected wins over Great Lakes Valley Conference rival Wisconsin-Parkside, 93-79, and Kentucky State, 71-58. Senior guard Raven Merriweather was named GLVC Player of the Week after averaging 25.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals in the two games.

In the triumph over the Rangers, four players scored in double figures as Bellarmine shot 52.7 percent while making all 10 of its free throws. The Knights defeated Kentucky State by riding Merriweather's 27 points and a defensive lockdown in the fourth quarter in which they allowed a single field goal.

Wisconsin-Parkside and Kentucky State combined to launch 51 3-pointers, and the Knights capitalized by having an 84-34 advantage in points in the paint. Bellarmine also forced the two opponents into 53 turnovers and owned a 58-17 advantage in points off turnovers.

Like UWP and Kentucky State, West Virginia State appears to rely heavily on the 3-pointer. The Yellow Jackets are averaging slightly over 29 attempts per game from long range. They are making 8.5 per contest. West Virginia State stroked 14 trifectas in 29 tries in its most recent game, a 109-99 victory over Urbana.

Aurreshae Hines scored a game-high 28 points in the win over Urbana and paces the team at 15.8 points per game. She's been automatic from the free throw line, sinking 24-of-25 attempts for 96 percent accuracy. Jasmine Davis (9.8), who scored 26 points against Urbana, and Amari Grace (9.0), who added 19, combined for 11 3-pointers in 18 opportunities.

The Yellow Jackets scored 74 points or more in their last five games.

 

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