CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The biggest shocker isn't just that the University of Charleston downed regular-season champion Glenville in the third women's quarterfinal of the West Virginia Conference tournament Wednesday. Or that the Golden Eagles held the Pioneers 39 points below their Division II-leading average.
Here is the real shocker: UC went 9 minutes, 8 seconds without scoring a point in the second half and lived to tell about it. Shoot, the Eagles even held on to the lead.
And held it for the rest of the game, winning 65-57. The No. 9-seeded Eagles advance to the semifinals, playing fifth-seeded Seton Hill at 3 p.m. Friday.
Coach Adam Collins' players might need an extra day to recover from a championship-caliber gut check in that second half.
"The nine minutes not scoring deal had been kind of common for us, but the defensive part had not been,"Collins said. "The girls were just extremely active defensively, you could tell from the start. I think, close to the first media timeout, it was 0-0."
Close enough, as Glenville (26-3) scored the game's first basket at the 15:02 mark of the first half. With UC (16-12) shooting 35.5 percent and Glenville 32.4 percent, the lead changed hands five times before the teams went into halftime tied at 28.
And remember, the Pioneers were averaging 96.6 points entering the game, atop the latest Division II statistical ranking by double-digit points.
"They had a great game plan," said Glenville coach Bunky Harkleroad. "They did a great job defensively, caused us a lot of frustration, held us to 33 percent from the field and kept us from scoring the ball, they kept us off the glass and they knocked down shots."
That started with Kali Cuttala's opening basket and a Jessi Cowden 3-pointer. Then Nichole Perry erupted for 11 straight UC points to give the Eagles a 44-36 lead. Three of her five 3-pointers accounted for most of that.
A few possessions later, Kayla Dozier scored on the fast break to give UC a 46-41 lead with 13:37 left. Then came the Dust Bowl-style drought, in which the Eagles missed eight field goals and the front end of the one-and-one, and committing two turnovers.
With its full-court press and smothering traps, Glenville usually inflicts woman-made catastrophe on the opposition. The season scores tell the frightening tale: 119-92, 104-67, 116-63, to make a few.