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CU women topple No. 5 Charleston, UC men best Mountain Lions

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ATHENS, W.Va. (WVVA) - The Lady Mountain Lions never trailed in their meeting with No. 5 Charleston on Saturday, pulling off a 59-54 upset.

Concord freshman Maddie Ratcliff lifted her team to victory with a team-high 17 points -- eight of them coming in the final 3:05 of the contest.

"No nerves," she said after the game. "I knew coming in what we had to do and it just came to me today."

"Two years ago when we signed Alexis Phillips -- she was a sophomore -- we were watching Pulaski play," head coach Kenny Osborne said. "Tesla Southcott, my assistant, said 'we're going to get her -- that's one Maddie replacing another Maddy.' That's what they called Madison May."

"Should she be starting -- yeah -- because some dummy probably don't want to, but she brings so much energy off the bench."

Maggie Guynn (16) and Riley Fitzwater (15) also contributed double figures for Concord.

However, it was their defense that impressed Osborne the most. The Lady Golden Eagles shot just 27.8 percent from the floor (22-of-79).

The Concord men couldn't quite complete the sweep, as No. 20 Charleston shot their way to an 86-65 victory.

The Golden Eagles converted on 50.8 percent of their shots. Keith Williams finished with a game-high 23 points.

Ethan Heller and Malik Johnson each contributed 17 points for the Mountain Lions.

Both Concord teams return to action at West Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday.

Nick Dugan

Sports Director

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