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WLU’s Yoakum Honored by MEC

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — West Liberty University sophomore guard Will Yoakum was honored on Monday as the Mountain East Conference’s Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after leading the surging Hilltoppers to a pair of runaway wins in conference play.

A 6-foot-5 sky-walker from Delaware (Ohio) Hayes High School, Yoakum posted his second double-double of the season on Wednesday when he scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help lift the Hilltoppers to an impressive 104-79 road victory at Concord.

The 2019 MEC Freshman of the Year followed that up with a career night on Saturday. Yoakum came out smoking with 28 points in the first half alone as the high-scoring Hilltoppers raced out to a whopping 83-51 halftime lead against Glenville State. The WLU sophomore finished with a career-high 33 points in just 25 minutes of game action as West Liberty cruised to its fifth straight win, 129-89.

Yoakum and his Hilltopper teammates return to the ASRC boards for another crucial MEC test on Wednesday when rival Fairmont State comes to town for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff.

WOMEN

Malone 70, Wheeling 61

WHEELING — The Wheeling University women’s basketball team was defeated by Malone University at the McDonough Center in a non-conference matchup.

Sophomore forward Lilly Ritz notched the first 20-20 game of her career by scoring 22 points with a career-high 21 rebounds (eight offensive). Senior guard Taliah Cashwell knocked down a career-high five three pointers to tally 15 points, while classmate Khira Burton finished with 11 points in the loss.

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