INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- West Virginia State's women's basketball team hasn't had much luck of late in the West Virginia Conference tournament.
That luck didn't change Monday at Fleming Hall.
No. 11 seed West Virginia Wesleyan, now 9-17, received 17 points and 11 rebounds from Brittany Maxie and four 3-point goals from Kerry Conroy in a 66-56 first-round tournament victory over the sixth-seeded Yellow Jackets, who concluded their season 13-14.
Wesleyan will face Fairmont State at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Charleston's Civic Center in the quarterfinals.
After last season, Monday's decision might not have been a surprise. The Bobcats won the regular-season and conference tournament. Their fortunes reversed during this regular season, though, and State was coming off a nice victory over the University of Charleston and had first-team all-conference selection Jasmine Blanton on the floor.
Blanton, however, was held to 5-of-15 shooting and the Jackets were without Ka'Shauna Cook and Janelle Williams and down to nine players. State shot 38.9 percent from the floor.
"We didn't shoot the ball well," said State coach David Smith. "We got in a hole in the first half. Plus, we didn't handle success well. And with Cook out, we are so limited and no one picked us up."
"We played defense," said Wesleyan coach Jacqueline DeVane. "We wanted to neutralize No. 34 [Asia-Bryanne Greenleaf] and No. 20 [Blanton] and we did that."
Greenleaf, a 6-foot-1 forward from Parkersburg, was saddled with four fouls and finished with just three points. Blanton had 13 points.
Wesleyan dominated the rebounding statistic, winning the battle there by 47-33.