CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kali Cuttaia produced a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds as No. 9 Charleston downed No. 8 Pitt Johnstown 72-64 in the opening round of the West Virginia Conference women's basketball tournament Monday in Johnstown, Pa.Jessie Cowden also contributed 14 points for the Golden Eagles (14-12) while Tianni Kelly added 12. Kelsey Sleighter paced the Mountain Cats (14-11) with 16 points.Charleston will face top-seeded Glenville State in the quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Charleston Civic Center. UC lost both regular-season meetings with the Pioneers.WEST LIBERTY 81, OHIO VALLEY 39: No. 2 West Liberty jumped out to a 36-13 halftime lead and the host Hilltoppers cruised to an opening-round win over Ohio Valley.
Meghan Wiseman posted 21 points for West Liberty (20-7) while Hillary Southworth added 17. Kayla Parsley led Ohio Valley (2-25) with 13 points.The Hilltoppers will face No. 7 Shepherd in the quarterfinals at 3 p.m. Wednesday.FAIRMONT 83, WHEELING 47: No. 3 Fairmont State opened the tournament with a convincing win over No. 14 Wheeling Jesuit at Joe Retton Arena in Fairmont.
Emily Lohr paced the Falcon offense with 17 points, including four 3-pointers, to go with six rebounds. Hailey Garrett added 16 points while Kaitlin Snyder scored 11 points. Wheeling Jesuit (8-19) was led by Jaila Bryant with 12 points.The Falcons (20-9) advance to take on No. 11 West Virginia Wesleyan at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Civic Center.
The Bobcats were 66-56 winners over West Virginia State on Monday in Institute. Wesleyan defeated Fairmont State 82-62 in the only meeting between the teams this season.SHEPHERD 62, BLUEFIELD STATE 61: Rachel Johnson drained a 3-pointer with two seconds left as No. 7 Shepherd pulled out a first-round win over No. 10 Bluefield State.
Gabby Flinchum scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Rams (14-13), who will play No. 2 West Liberty at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in a quarterfinal. Jimyse Brown added 12 and 11 rebounds for Shepherd and Johnson ended with 11 points.Shae Mebane had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Big Blues (13-13) and Charity Harris scored 12. A-B 58, D&E 54: No. 13 Alderson-Broaddus captured its first WVC tournament victory since 1999 as it defeated No. 4 Davis & Elkins at the McDonnell Center in Elkins.
Sophomore Leah Hurst tallied 20 points and was 6 for 13 from the field for the Battlers (8-19) while Cayla Rhodes produced five blocked shots and scored 11 points. Page Turner scored 11 points for the Senators (15-12).The Battlers will head to Charleston and face No. 5 Seton Hill at 1 p.m. Wednesday.SETON HILL 78, CONCORD 65: No. 12 Concord's season came to an end in a loss at No. 5 Seton Hill.
Seton Hill (17-12) was paced by Katie Gattuso with a double-double of 31 points and 21 rebounds while Tiara Stossel chipped in 17 points. Stephanie Wagner led Concord (7-22) with a season-high 21 points, nine assists and two steals.Seton Hill will battle No. 13 Alderson-Broaddus at 1 p.m. Wednesday.