INSTITUTE — The Concord University women's basketball team held off a fourth-quarter charge from West Virginia State Tuesday night in Mountain East Conference action, winning 122-112, at the Walker Convocation Center.
The 122 points scored by Concord (4-2, 2-0 MEC) are the fourth most in a Division II game in 2019-20. The 122 points put up by the Mountain Lions also represent the most in a single game since CU became a Division II school in 1994.
After being held to 17 points and facing a five-point deficit after one quarter, the Mountain Lions posted 39 points in the second quarter to open up a 56-52 lead at halftime. Senior forward Madison May led the way for CU as she scored 15 of her career-high 38 points during the second-quarter surge.
The Mountain Lions continued its hot shooting into the third quarter as it outscored WVSU (1-4, 0-2 MEC) 34-26. Junior forward Tamra Scott was instrumental in the third quarter push as scored eight of her 10 points off the bench. In the middle quarters of the contest, CU shot 76.1 percent (32-for-42) as it expanded the lead to 90-78 through 30 minutes.
However, the Yellow Jackets put together a rally in the fourth quarter. WVSU outscored Concord 15-5 over the first 3:25 of the final period to get its deficit down to two points, 95-93. Freshman guard Jazz Blankenship and May each connected on a free throw on the following two CU possessions. After May missed her second foul shot, sophomore guard Maggie Guynn collected the offensive rebound and found Blankenship for a three-pointer to push Concord's lead back to seven.
The Mountain Lions would not allow West Virginia State to get any closer for the remainder of the game as it closed out a 10-point win.
Concord shot 61.7 percent (50-for-81) for the game as it put five players in double figures. Junior forward Riley Fitzwater (27 points) and Guynn (22 points) each joined May with 20 or more points in the contest.
May's 38 points are tied for fifth most in a Division II game this season, and are the most in the MEC since West Liberty's Marissa Brown had 43 in February 2018.
Sophomore guard Gracie Robinson added 12 points and five assists.
CU stays on the road after Thanksgiving as it faces Urbana 5:30 p.m. December 4.