Basketball Lady Bobcats fall to Charleston, 91-50


CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats had their lowest offensive output of the season against the No. 9 University of Charleston Golden Eagles Saturday afternoon in a Mountain East Conference contest at the H. Bernard Wehrle Arena.

The Lady ‘Cats dropped a 91-50 decision as no Wesleyan player reached double digits.

Symphonie Bryant-Brown led the Lady Bobcat offense with nine points while Cierra Tolbert added eight points and nine rebounds.

Abi Gabauer came off the bench for Wesleyan to add eight points.

Wesleyan kept it close during the first quarter.

The Lady Bobcats’ lone lead of the game was after Courtney Wilfong drained  a three-pointer at the five-minute mark treating Wesleyan to a 9-7 advantage.

A lay-up by Gabauer kept Wesleyan and Charleston tied at 11-11, but Brooklyn Pannell hit a three-pointer at the buzzer putting the Lady Bobcats down by a 14-11 score heading into the second quarter.

A lay-up by Bryant-Brown kept Wesleyan down by three, at 16-13, just a minute into the quarter but the game slowing started to get away from the Lady Bobcats at this point.

A 6-0 run by Charleston put Wesleyan down by a 22-13 score, and after Bryant-Brown knocked down a pair of free throws for the visitors, Charleston went on another 6-0 run opening up a 28-15 lead on Wesleyan with 4:45 remaining in the half.

Wesleyan saw their deficit increase to 16 points before Summer Matlack closed the half with a lay-up making it a 38-24 score at the intermission.

Charleston controlled the third quarter outscoring Wesleyan by a 24-9 margin.

Wesleyan trailed by 29 at the end of three quarters by a 62-33 margin.

The deficit swelled to 44 at one point for Wesleyan in the fourth quarter.

Erykah Russell led Charleston with 23 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double while Pannell added 20 points and Dakota Reeves chipped in 16.

Charleston improved to 6-0 overall and 6-0 in the MEC.

Wesleyan dropped to 0-6 overall and 6-0 in the conference.

The Lady Bobcats will return to action Wednesday when they visit South Euclid for a conference battle with Notre Dame College at 5 p.m.

The boxscore:

W. Va. Wesleyan        11  13  9  17 – 50

Charleston            14  24  24  29 – 91

West Virginia Wesleyan 50

Symphonie Bryant-Brown 3-4 2-2 9; Cierra Tolbert 4-8 0-2 8; Abi Gabauer 3-8 2-2 8; Malaika Kimmons 3-5 0-0 6; Ariana Harmon 2-2 2-2 6; Courtney Wilfong 1-4 0-0 3; Brittany Stawovy 1-9 0-0 3; Imani Jackson 0-1 3-4 3; Summer Matlack 1-4 0-0 2; Tamera Maple 0-2 2-4 2; Taylor Dunbar 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-49 11-16 50.

Charleston 91

Erykah Russell 10-13 3-5 23; Brooklyn Pannell 7-17 4-4 20; Dakota Reeves 5-9 1-1 16; Anastasiia Zakharova 4-8 1-1 9; Trinity Palacio 3-8 2-2 8; Haley Moore 4-7 0-0 8; Abby Lee 1-3 2-2 5; Shamiah Bridges 1-3 0-0 2; Anna Cardwell 0-2 0-0 0; Embia Anderson 0-1 0-0 0; Alissa Crafton 0-0 0-0 0; Nakiyah Bumgardner-Ferguson 0-0 0-0 0; Robbie Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-71 13-15 91.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Bryant-Brown 1-1; Wilfong 1-3; Stawovy 1-7; Matlack 0-2; Maple 0-2. Totals 3-15; Charleston: Reeves 5-9; Pannell 2-5; Lee 1-3; Bridges 0-1; Cardwell 0-1; Palacio 0-2. Totals 8-21.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Tolbert 9; Kimmons 5; team 4; Gabauer 3; Dunbar 3; Wilfong 2; Harmon 2; Stawovy 1; Matlack 1. Totals 30; Charleston: Russell 13; Zakharova 6; Moore 5; Pannell 4; Palacio 3; Cardwell 3; Lee 2; team 2; Reeves 1; Bridges 1; Crafton 1; Bumgardner-Ferguson 1. Totals 42.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Matlack 4; Jackson 2; Wilfong 1; Bryant-Brown 1; Gabauer 1. Totals 9; Charleston: Pannell 4; Palacio 4; Zakharova 3; Reeves 2; Russell 1; Moore 1; Lee 1; Anderson 1. Totals 17.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Jackson 2; Matlack 1. Totals 3; Charleston: Moore 5; Pannell 4; Reeves 2; Zakharova 2; Palacio 2; Russell 1; Lee 1. Totals 17.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Dunbar 1. Totals 1; Charleston: Russell 1; Pannell 1; Zakharova 1. Totals 3.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 24; Charleston: 14.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 12; Charleston: 16.

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