Basketball Lady Bobcats tumble to West Virginia State, 79-53


INSTITUTE – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats simply weren’t able to keep up with the up tempo West Virginia State Yellow Jackets Thursday evening in a Mountain East Conference contest.

The Lady Bobcats lost a 79-53 contest.

It wasn’t that the Yellow Jackets were efficient, but just play at an overwhelming speed.

West Virginia State put up an amazing 101 shots and 46 three-pointers.

They only shot the ball at a 31.7 percent clip and were even worse from behind the three-point line at 19.6 percent, but they forced Wesleyan into 39 turnovers.

The Lady Bobcats, who were without Brittany Stawovy because of in an injury, never led in the game.

Wesleyan was slow out of the gate falling behind by a 13-2 score after four minutes of action.

A free throw by Malaika Kimmons, a jumper in the paint by Cierra Tolbert, and a jumper and a three-pointer by Courtney Wilfong brought Wesleyan to within three, at 13-10, with four minutes left in the first quarter.

West Virginia State responded with a 12-2 run for a 25-12 lead but Tolbert made a lay-up and Cydney Lapczynski uncorked a three-pointer to bring Wesleyan to within eight, at 25-17.

A jumper by Imani Jackson kept Wesleyan down by eight, at 31-23, but West Virginia State went on a mini 5-0 run for a 36-23 advantage with 5:55 remaining in the half.

Wesleyan trailed by 16 at the end of the second quarter by a 43-27 score.

Tolbert started the third quarter with a jumper but Wesleyan couldn’t get any closer than 14 points in the third stanza.

The biggest third quarter deficit for Wesleyan was 22 points, and the end of the stanza, at 57-35.

Wesleyan trailed by as many as 31 points, in the fourth quarter, at 68-37.

Wesleyan went on an 8-0 run when Nicole Gilyard made a jumper, Kimmons scored two from the paint, Gilyard came back with jumper and Tolbert scored a lay-up to make it a 68-45 contest with 5:55 remaining.

They couldn’t cut into the deficit any deeper as the Yellow Jackets won by 26.

Wesleyan had three players record double-doubles.

Tolbert had 16 points and 17 rebounds, Gilyard scored 13 and had 13 rebounds and Kimmons tallied 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Payton Shears had a game-high 20 points to lead West Virginia State while Destiny Fields tallied 18.

West Virginia State improved to 9-14 overall and 7-10 in the MEC.

Wesleyan dropped to 3-20 overall and 1-16 in the MEC.

They will return to action today hosting the University of Charleston.

The game will tip at 2 p.m.

The boxscore:

W. Va. Wesleyan       17  10  8  18 – 53

West Virginia State    25  18  14  22 – 79

West Virginia Wesleyan 53

Cierra Tolbert 8-17 0-0 16; Nicole Gilyard 6-14 1-2 13; Malaika Kimmons 4-12 2-6 10; Courtney Wilfong 3-9 -0-0 7; Cydney Lapczynski 1-5 0-0 3; Imani Jackson 1-3 0-0 2; Abi Gabauer 0-2 2-2 2; Amira Layeni 0-2 0-0 0; Anastasi Karaivanova 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-65 5-10 53.

West Virginia State 79

Payton Shears 9-18 0-0 20; Destiny Fields 7-16 1-1 18; Madison Riley 5-16 0-0 12; Chloe Cheresne 3-12 2-4 8; Kalia Cunningham 3-6 0-0 6; Sierra Womack 2-9 1-2 6; Alexis Hall 1-4 2-4 5; Hannah Shriver 2-6 0-0 4; Erin Whitehead 0-4 0-2 0; Charity Shears 0-10 0-0 0. Totals 32-101 6-13 79.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Wilfong 1-2; Lapczynski 1-3; Jackson 0-2; Gabauer 0-2. Totals 2-9; West Virginia State: Fields 3-6; Riley 2-9; P. Shears 2-10; Hall 1-1; Womack 1-3; Whitehead 0-2; Shriver 0-2; Cheresne 0-5; C. Shears 0-8. Totals 9-46.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Tolbert 17; Gilyard 13; Kimmons 11; Layeni 11; team 8; Wilfong 2; Jackson 2; Karaivanova 1. Totals 65; West Virginia State: Cheresne 8; team 8; Fields 7; Cunningham 6; Whitehead 6; Hall 4; P. Shears 3; Riley 3; Womack 2; Shriver 2; C. Shears 2. Totals 51.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 3; Kimmons 2; Jackson 2; Wilfong 1; Layeni 1. Totals 9; West Virginia State: Shriver 4; Riley 3; Cunningham 3; Cheresne 1; Hall 1, C. Shears 1. Totals 13.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Kimmons 1; Wilfong 1; Jackson 1; Gilyard 1; Layeni 1. Totals 5; West Virginia Wesleyan: Riley 6; Cunningham 5; C. Shears 5; Hall 4; P. Shears 3; Womack 3; Fields 2; Whitehead 1. Totals 29.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Tolbert 1. Totals 1; West Virginia State: Riley 1; Cheresne 1. Totals 2.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 39; West Virginia State: 9.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 10; West Virginia State: 13.

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