On Saturday, West Virginia State capped its torrid run through the second half of the women's basketball season in about the best way possible - a revenge win over its rival at home on senior day.
The Yellow Jackets (13-13 overall, 12-10 West Virginia Conference) pounded Charleston on the glass and used a key 24-2 run in the first half to lock down their ninth victory in 11 games by a score of 78-56.
In the process State, which was 4-11 to start the season, locked down the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament and the Jackets will host No. 11 West Virginia Wesleyan at 7 p.m. Monday.
UC meanwhile, is banished to Pitt Johnstown for the first round after coming up on the short end of the No. 8 vs. No. 9 game.
"The thing they're doing, they're just playing so hard," State coach David Smith said of his team. "Getting behind doesn't bother them, they just keep playing hard, playing hard, they keep making mistakes then go back, overcome it, and play hard. They're pretty resilient. They were new, I was new, and it just took some time to get used to what we were doing."
True to Smith's words, for most of the game the Yellow Jackets simply outworked UC, as evidenced by the final rebounding totals.
State was able to wrestle away 21 offensive rebounds, led by solid outputs by Asia Greenleaf (21 points, 13 rebounds) and Jordan Brock (nine points, 13 rebounds).
Eight of Brock's rebounds were on the offensive end, and throw in guard Jasmine Blanton's game-high 25 and five assists points and State was more than able to shut down any potential Golden Eagles run.
In total, Charleston won the rebounding battle 57-31