Basketball Lady Bobcats no match for Urbana in 94-60 Mountain East Conference road loss


URBANA (Ohio) – The struggles of the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat basketball team continued Saturday when they traveled to Urbana for a Mountain East Conference outing with the Blue Knights.

The Lady Bobcats were never in the game as they dropped a 94-60 decision.

It was the second straight 30-point plus loss for the Lady Bobcats as their losing streak has now reached 17 games.

Wesleyan’s only lead in the game was following a Brittany Stawovy three-pointer at the 6:33 mark at 11-9.

Urbana came back with a three-pointer by Bailey Draughn to take a 12-11 lead and they never trailed again.

Urbana closed the opening quarter on a 15-5 run taking a 27-16 advantage.

A three-pointer by Courtney Wilfong kept Wesleyan down by 11, at 34-23.

Urbana responded with a 10-0 run for a 44-23 lead with 4:12 left in the half.

A jumper by Abi Gabauer narrowed it 15 for Wesleyan, at 44-29, with three minutes remaining in the half.

Urbana ended the half on an 8-3 run for a 20-point lead at the break, at 52-32.

It didn’t get any better in the third quarter for the Lady ‘Cats as they fell behind by 33 before going into the fourth quarter down by 31, at 73-42.

Wesleyan’s biggest deficit was 38 points on three different occasions in the fourth quarter.

Wesleyan shot just 31.5 percent for the game making 23 of their 73 field goals attempts.

Cierra Tolbert led the Lady Bobcats with 16 points while Wilfong added 11.

Urbana shot the ball at 50 percent making 34 of their 68 field goals.

Urbana put five players in double digits with Tyra James recording a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds while Draughn had 16 points and five rebounds.

Weston Minnich tallied for 15 points while Sylvia Hudson had 13 and Kami McEldowney had 12.

Urbana improved to 14-8 overall and 10-6 in the league.

Wesleyan dropped to 3-19 overall and 1-15 in the MEC.

Wesleyan will return to action Thursday at West Virginia State for a 5:30 p.m. start.

The boxscore:

W. Va  Wesleyan  16  16  10  18 – 60

Urbana                 27  25  21  21 – 94

West Virginia Wesleyan 60

Cierra Tolbert 6-12 4-4 16; Courtney Wilfong 4-7 0-0 11; Abi Gabauer 3-15 2-2 9; Brittany Stawovy 3-9 0-0 7; Nicole Gilyard 2-6 2-3 6; Malaika Kimmons 2-9 1-2 5; Imani Jackson 1-5 0-0 2; Cydney Lapczynski 1-6 0-2 2; Amira Layeni 1-4 0-2 2. Totals 23-73 9-15 60.

Urbana 94

Tyra James 6-16 4-5 16; Bailey Draughn 7-8 1-1 16; Weston Minnich 5-5 0-0 15; Sylvia Hudson 5-10 2-2 13; Kami McEldowney 5-9 1-2 12; Shalaya Heath 2-5 4-4 8; Kasey Knippen 2-3 0-0 4; Kristen Dickison 1-2 1-2 4; Lexie Wright 0-4 2-2 2; Alivia Koenig 0-2 2-2 2; Chloe Smith 1-2 0-0 2; Jada Love 0-2 0-0 0; Alyssa Garberich 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-68 17-20 94.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Wilfong 3-4; Stawovy 1-5; Gabauer 1-7; Kimmons 0-1; Layeni 0-2; Lapczynski 0-3. Totals 5-22; Urbana: Minnich 5-5; Hudson 1-1; Dickison 1-1; Draughn 1-2; McEldowney 1-2; Heath 0-1; Knippen 0-1. Totals 9-14.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Tolbert 8; Kimmons 6; Stawovy 3; Jackson 3; Layeni 3; team 3; Wilfong 2; Lapczynski 1. Totals 35; Urbana: James 12; team 10; Hudson 6; Draughn 5; Wright 5; McEldowney 4; Heath 4; Koenig 3; Knippen 2; Minnich 1; Dickison 1; Smith 1. Totals 54.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 3; Jackson 2; Wilfong 1; Kimmons 1; Gabauer 1; Gilyard 1. Totals 9; Urbana: James 7; McEldowney 5; Minnich 3; Hudson 1; Heath 1; Knippen 1. Totals 18.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Jackson 2; Gabauer 2; Stawovy 1; Kimmons 1; Gilyard 1. Totals 7; Urbana: McEldowney 3; James 1; Draughn 1; Minnich 1; Hudson 1; Wright 1. Totals 8.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Tolbert 2; Stawovy 2; Layeni 1. Totals 5; Urbana: James 2; Hudson 1; McEldowney 1. Totals 4.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 14; Urbana: 18.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 17; Urbana: 17.

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