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Concord Women Fall Short at UC, 92-72

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Four players scored in double figures and the Concord University women's basket team produced its best rebounding margin of the season, but the Mountain Lions couldn't overcome 14 three-pointers from Charleston, losing 92-72 to the Golden Eagles Thursday night.

Concord (6-16, 5-11 WVIAC) was led by junior guard Amanda Smith and sophomore forward Rachel Artrip. The duo scored 18 and 16 points, respectively.

Artrip, who also had five rebounds, made two three-pointers and was 7-for-13 from the field overall. Smith made 6-of-12 shots from the field while making all six of her foul shots. She has now made her last 12 foul shots and is 27-for-29 from the free throw line in Concord's last six games.

Senior guard Katy Somerville connected on three three-point attempts on her way to an 11-point night and sophomore guard Stephanie Wagner garnered a team-high seven assists to go with 10 points and five rebounds.

Wagner is currently ranked seventh in the nation in assist-turnover ratio (2.37) and 12th in assists, averaging 5.3 per game.

Junior center Sammi Webster pulled down a team-high seven rebounds while chipping in seven points.

The first half was a relatively even contest, with the game being tied at 19-19 through the opening 6:13 of play. Charleston (12-8, 9-7 WVIAC) opened up a seven-point lead, 30-23, but Concord cut the deficit down to just one point (35-34) with 4:22 remaining in the period thanks to a 11-5 run highlighted by four points from sophomore forward Jacqueline Kestner.

However, the Golden Eagles scored 11 of the half's final 16 points to take a 46-39 edge into the break.

Three Concord turnovers resulted in a 9-0 run within the first 75 seconds of play in the second half and UC quickly extended its lead to 16 points, 55-39. The Golden Eagles closed out the game with by making 8-of-14 three-point attempts en route to the 92-72 win.

Concord shot a respectable 43.5 percent (27-for-62) from the field and 73.3 percent (11-for-15) from the foul line while out rebounding Charleston 39-35.

UC was 33-of-64 from the field (51.6 percent) including an impressive 14-for-29 effort from three-point range. The Golden Eagles forced 25 Concord turnovers.

Chrissy Keir had 19 points and six assists in the win for Charleston.

Concord continues their packed schedule of four games in seven days at Shepherd on Saturday. The WVIAC match-up is scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.