Basketball Lady ‘Cats earn tight victory over Frostburg State, 51-49


CUMBERLAND – It wasn’t a thing of beauty, but a win is a win and West Virginia Wesleyan head coach Vicky Bullett and her Lady Bobcats will take it as they won their Mountain East Conference opener Saturday afternoon on the road at Frostburg State by a 51-49 score.

While it wasn’t the cleanest of games, it was a tight contest that went down to the final minute.

Frostburg State was up three after a trey from Victoria Diggs by a 45-42 score with five minutes left in the game.

Cydney Lapczynski put in a jumper for Wesleyan to pull the Lady Bobcats to within one, at 45-44, with 4:46 remaining.

A lay-up by Frostburg State’s Arianna Briggs-Hall put them back ahead by three, at 47-44, but Abi Gabauer unleashed a three-pointer at the four-minute mark to even the game at 47-47.

Briggs-Hall put in another lay-up for Frostburg State to return the lead to the hostesses with 3:29 remaining.

On Wesleyan’s next trip down the floor, Nicole Gilyard scored in the paint to deadlock the game at 49-49 with 3:29 left to go.

Both teams went cold for the next two minutes before Gabauer put in the game-winner for the Lady ‘Cats darting inside for a lay-up with 1:26 remaining.

Neither team scored in the final 86 seconds of the game.

Frostburg State’s Jada Holland broke free for a lay-up attempt with eight seconds left but it wouldn’t go down as Wesleyan held on for the win.

The game was tight in the first half as five points was the biggest lead either team was able to build.

That belonged to Wesleyan when Gabauer made a pair of free throws to put the Lady Bobcats up by a 22-17 score with 3:48 left in the second quarter.

Frostburg State closed the half on a 6-0 run though to take a 23-22 lead at the intermission.

A pair of lay-ups to start the third quarter by Wesleyan’s Malaika Kimmons and Brittany Stawovy returned the lead back to Wesleyan, at 26-23.

Frostburg State opened up their biggest lead of the game with an 11-0 run with it being capped by a three-pointer from Diggs as they took a 34-26 advantage with 4:22 remaining in the third quarter.

Wesleyan closed the quarter with a flourish as they went on a 10-1 run to take a 36-35 lead into the final 10 minutes of action.

Wesleyan held a 42-39 lead with 6:24 remaining but Frostburg State went on 6-0 run setting up their 45-42 lead.

Gabauer came off the bench for Wesleyan to lead the offense with 16 points.

Stawovy and Gilyard each had 10 points.

Neither team shot the ball over 43 percent.

Wesleyan was 21-for-50 for 42 percent while Frostburg State was just 19-for-55 for 34.5 percent.

Amanda Emory led Frostburg State with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Frostburg State remained winless on the season at 0-5 overall and 0-1 in the MEC.

Wesleyan improved to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the MEC.

Wesleyan will return to action Tuesday when they host Fairmont State at 5:30 p.m.

Following that contest, they will be off over Thanksgiving  Day break and will be back on the court again Wednesday, Dec. 4 at West Liberty.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan                                                  10  12  14  15 – 51

Frostburg State                                                                  9  14  12  14 – 49

West Virginia Wesleyan 51

Abi Gabauer 6-13 2-2 16; Brittany Stawovy 4-8 2-2 10; Nicole Gilyard 4-11 2-4 10; Cierra Tolbert 2-6 1-2 5; Malaika Kimmons 2-4 0-0 4; Cydney Lapczynski 2-3 0-0 4; Imani Jackson 1-3 0-2 2; Courtney Wilfong 0-1 0-0 0; Anastasiya Karaivanova 0-0 0-0 0; Amira Laveni 0-1 0-0 0; Lauren Griffith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-50 7-12 51.

Frostburg 49

Amanda Emory 7-18 1-1 15; Victoria Diggs 2-7 5-6 11; Jada Holland 4-9 1-2 9; Arianna Briggs-Hall 3-4 0-2 6; Drew Dunathan 1-3 0-0 2; Morgan Dombroski 1-4 0-0 2; Ciara Thomas 0-7 2-2 2; Grace Butera 1-3 0-1 2; Anhai Allen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-55 9-14 49.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabauer 2-7; Stawoby 0-3. Totals 2-10; Frostburg State: Diggs 2-7; Thomas 0-3; Emory 0-1; Dombrokski 0-1. Totals 2-12.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 9; team 4; Karaivanova 4; Tolbert 4; Stawovy 3; Jackson 3; Wilfong 3; Kimmons 3; Gabauer 2. Totals 35; Frostburg State: Emory 9; Holland 9;  team 6; Diggs 4; Briggs-Hall 4; Dunathan 2; Thomas 2; Dombroski 1; Butera 1. Totals 38.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 3; Kimmons 3; Wilfong 2; Gilyard 1; Jackson 1; Tolbert 1. Totals 11; Frostburg State: Thomas 3; Dunathan 2; Briggs-Hall 2; Emory; Diggs 1; Dombroski 1; Emory 1. Totals 10.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 4; Stawovy 3; Kimmons 2; Wilfong 1; Gabauer 1; Lapczynski 1. Totals 12; Frostburg State: Emory 3; Diggs 2; Thomas 2; Holland 1; Butera 1; Dommbroski 1. Totals 10.

Blocks – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 1. Totals 1; Frostburg State: Dunathan 1; Thomas 1. Totals 2.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 16; Frostburg State: 17.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 21: Frostburg State: 19.

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