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Losing streak snapped, WVU Tech women back home Tuesday

Feb. 12—Homecoming weekend and Senior Day seemed to be the combination the WVU Tech women's basketball team was looking for.

With just two weeks left in the regular season, the Golden Bears got a desperately needed jolt on Saturday. An 81-76 win over Alice Lloyd snapped a nine-game losing streak.

It was only Tech's second victory of the calendar year. The last win came Jan. 2, 53-39 over Brescia.

Tech was able to jump out to a 23-16 lead in the first quarter before holding off Alice Lloyd the rest of the way.

A pair of sophomores had big days for the Golden Bears. Center Alva Hedrich scored a team-high 26 points, and guard Alexis Sexton had 22 points — including a career-high 4-of-7 night at the 3-point line — and seven rebounds.

On Senior Day, senior Breeanna Grigsby had 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Up next, the Golden Bears (5-18, 2-11 River States Conference) will try to ride the momentum with another home game, this time against Ohio Christian tonight with a tip-off of 5:30 p.m.

Hedrich is averaging 13.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game for Tech. Sexton is next at 12.2 points.

Tech and Ohio Christian (18-6, 9-4) will meet for the second time in six days. The Trailblazers defeated the Golden Bears 89-72 last Wednesday.

The Golden Bears were without Hedrich in that game, but senior Leonor Ferreira and junior Stacey Begay led the attack on the boards with 13 and 11 rebounds, respectively. Begay scored 26 points that night and Ferreira had 15.

Haley Cox had 29 points for Ohio Christian and is currently leading the conference at 27.2 points per game. Emma Koons is third in the league at 19.5 and scored 19 against the Golden Bears.

The Tech men (16-6, 9-4) will follow the women, facing Ohio Christian at 7:30 p.m.

They also broke a streak on Saturday, although not as pronounced as the women's. A dominating 92-61 win over Alice Lloyd brought an end to a two-game skid.

Six players scored in double figures for Tech, led by freshman Braden Chapman's 23 points to go with nine assists. Ashton Parker had 12 points and 17 rebounds. Andrew Work posted 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Thomas Hailey and Cam Danser both scored 12 and Liam Craven finished with 10.

Ohio Christian (12-12, 7-6) are led by Levi Seiler with 17.6 points and 6.5 rebounds.

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