GLENVILLE - Hillary Southworth scored 20 of her career-high 30 points in the second half here Saturday afternoon to lift the West Liberty University women's basketball team to a 71-66 victory against Virginia Union on the final day of the Glenville State Classic.
There were 13 ties and nine lead changes with neither team leading by more than four points until midway through the second half.
Coach Lynn Ullom's Hilltoppers (1-1) went ahead to stay, 42-40, on a 3-pointer by senior post Meghan Wiseman at 12:42 of the second half.
Southworth and Jordan Stacey also chimed in with 3-pointers in an 11-1 West Liberty run that opened up a 50-41 Hilltopper margin just before the 10-minute mark.
West Liberty took its largest lead of the night, 61-47, on a pair of Wiseman free throws with 6:31 remaining but the Panthers (0-2) had one run left.
Virginia Union, the defending CIAA North Division champions, scored 17 of the next 21 points to trim the deficit to 65-64 with 2:31 remaining but Southworth answered with a driving layup and the Hilltoppers closed out the game at the charity stripe.
Southworth made 11-of-18 shots from the floor and 7-of-8 from the foul line in the first 30-point game of her career. She also tied for the team lead with eight rebounds and handed out three assists. Wiseman joined Southworth in double figures with 13 points and added seven rebounds.
Ashle Freeman and Parress Davis led four double-figure scorers for the Panthers with 15 and 14 points, respectively, while Melyse Brown had a game-high 12 rebounds in a losing cause.
The West Liberty women return to the court at 1 p.m. Friday when they take on St. Augustine's (N.C.) in the first game of the Wolf's Bus Lines Classic at Shippensburg (Pa.) University.