Greene County News
ELKINS, W.Va. — Cedarville University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams both lost on Saturday to Davis & Elkins College.
Davis & Elkins held the lead from start-to-finish in a 71-62 Great Midwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball decision at the McDonnell Center.
The Lady Jackets faced double-figure deficits in every quarter. Trailing 46-44 early in the final frame, CU had five shots to either tie or take the lead, but failed to convert.
D&E scored the next seven points and the visitors got no closer than six the rest of the way.
Regina Hochstetler went 10-for-10 at the charity stripe and finished with a game-high 22 points and three steals.
Breanne Watterworth had a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Lady Jackets, 8-7 overall and 2-2 G-MAC. Emily Williams hauled in 10 boards.
Cedarville made 24-of-26 free throws, but was out rebounded for the first time in seven games.
“Give credit to Davis & Elkins. They played really hard and were the tougher team today. I was very dissatisfied with our first quarter effort and we had to dig ourselves out of the 10-point deficit the whole game.
“If we could’ve put a bucket in to tie it early in the fourth quarter, we could’ve relaxed a little bit after fighting so hard the whole game, but we didn’t convert four trips in a row. We just didn’t have it and that’s frustrating,” said Yellow Jackets coach Kari Hoffman.
Next Up: Cedarville hosts Malone, at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Callan Athletic Center.
In the men’s game, Davis & Elkins remained unbeaten in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference following a 78-69 win against the Yellow Jackets.
Cedarville (5-11 and 0-4 G-MAC) has dropped seven straight.
The Jackets were within one point at halftime and knotted the scored, 32-32, early in the second half.
The Senators (8-9 and 3-0 G-MAC) scored the next six points and never relinquished the lead again.
Patrick Bain flipped in six three-pointers and scored a team-high 21 points. J.C. Faubion totaled 15 points and seven assists while Justice Montgomery added 13 points and four assists.
Davis & Elkins muscled its way to a 51-27 rebounding advantage.
“This game was going to be tough to win even if we weren’t in a slump. D&E returned everyone from last year plus they are really long and athletic,” Cedarville coach Pat Estepp said. “But, this was the same story for us against a different team. We don’t defend for 40 minutes, we routinely let their best player go off on us, and we aren’t making shots. … If we don’t figure out how to have our defense feed our offense, nothing is going to change. The other glaring problem today was they took us to the cleaners on the boards.”
Next Up: The Yellow Jackets play at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Wilberforce University, in Wilberforce.
Story information provided by the Cedarville University Athletic Department. (yellowjackets.cedarville.edu)