UC, however, held the Pioneers well under their scoring average in two regular-season meetings, losing 87-84 in Glenville on Dec. 10 and 80-66 on Feb. 18 in Charleston.
Harkleroad prefers that his team keep the status quo and not try to overdo it at the Civic Center.
"We'll harp on the same things we've harped on all year long,'' he said, "and that's to put ourselves in situations that we practice, take shots that we practice and not be too fancy. If it doesn't go in, we want four people flying after it. We want to play good 'D' without fouling this time of year.''
Glenville's potent attack is paced by a pair of first-team All-WVC players - Ginny Mills (18.6 point per game) and Kenyona Simmons (15.5), who both rank among the top 10 scorers in the league.
The Golden Eagles, No. 4 in the WVC in scoring at 73.4 points, are led by LeAnne Ross (10.9).
West Liberty, which comes to town having won eight of its last nine starts, ranks second in scoring average to Glenville, but its 77.5 figure stands a whopping 19.1 points behind the Pioneers.
The Hilltoppers boast the West Virginia Conference's best-shooting squad, leading the league in field-goal percentage (44.4) and free-throw percentage (74.1). They also have the services of WVC player of the year Hillary Southworth (24.0), who tops the conference in scoring average.
Interestingly, if the top two seeds both advance to the finals, West Liberty may offer the best antidote to Glenville's bomb's-away approach from behind the arc, as the Hilltoppers top the WVC in 3-point defense at 27.5 percent.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.
WVC women's schedule
At the Charleston Civic Center