Basketball Lady ‘Cats fall to Charleston, 85-51


BUCKHANNON – A rough first quarter did in the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats in their outing with the Charleston Golden Eagles in a Mountain East Conference contest Saturday afternoon at Rockefeller Center.

Wesleyan fell behind by a 28-8 score after one quarter and wound up losing by an 85-51 score.

The news was even worse for the Lady ‘Cats as they found out they lost the services of Brittany Stawovy for the rest of the season and Amira Layeni was hurt in the early portion of the Charleston game.

The Lady Bobcats made just three field goals and two free throws in the first quarter as Charleston started the game on an 11-0 run.

A three-pointer by Charleston’s Dakota Reeves gave the Golden Eagles their biggest lead of the first half, at 28 points, at 37-9 with 6:19 remaining.

A jumper by Imani Jackson cut the lead down to 20 for Wesleyan, at 41—21, with a minute remaining in the half, but Charleston closed on a 5-0 run to push their lead back to 25 at the intermission, at 46-21.

Charleston extended their lead to 29 points, at 54-29, after a basket by Taliyah Hopkins with 4:40 showing on the third-quarter clock.

Abi Gabaur hit a jumper that ended the quarter as Wesleyan closed on a 10-4 run making it a 60-39 game heading into the fourth quarter.

Wesleyan couldn’t get any closer in the final quarter than those 21 points.

In the first five minutes of the final period, Charleston went on a 15-4 run opening up a 32-point lead, at 75-43.

Charleston’s biggest lead of the game was the final score, at 34 points.

Nicole Gilyard led Wesleyan with 14 points while Cierra Tolbert added 12.

The Golden Eagles shot the ball at 55.9 percent hitting on 33 of their 59 field goals.

Charleston had six players in double digits with Anna Hayton scoring 16 points and Brooklyn Pannell adding 15.

Erykah Russell had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Charleston improved to 20-4 overall and 14-3 in the MEC.

Wesleyan lost their 19th game in a row as they saw their record fall to 3-21 overall and 1-17 in the MEC.

The Lady Bobcats will return to action Wednesday when they host Glenville State at 5:30 p.m.

The boxscore:

Charleston            28  18  14  25 – 85

W. Va. Wesleyan     8  13  18  12 – 51

Charleston 85

Anna Hayton 8-12 0-0 16; Brooklyn Pannell 4-10 5-6 15; Taliyah Hopkins 5-11 1-1 11; Dakota Reeves 3-5 2-2 11; Erykah Russell 5-8 0-1 10; Trinity Palacio 4-7 2-2 10; Emily Simon 1-1 2-2 4; Megan Haines 1-3 1-2 3; Rachel Neff 1-1 1-1- 2; Anastasiia Zakharova 1-1 0-0 2; Mackenzie Loos 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-59 14-17 85.

West Virginia Wesleyan 51

Nicole Gilyard 5-11 4-6 14; Cierra Tolbert 3-6 6-7 12; Abi Gabauer 4-10 0-0 9; Courtney Wilfong 2-4 0-0 6; Malaika Kimmons 2-6 0-2 4; Imani Jackson 1-4 1-2 3; Cydney Lapczynski 1-6 0-0 3; Amira Layeni 0-0 0-0 0; Anastasiya Karainvanova 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-48 11-17 51.

Three-point field goals – Charleston: Reeves 3-5; Pannell 2-3; Hopkins 0-1; Haines 0-1. Totals 5-10; West Virginia Wesleyan: Wilfong 2-4; Gabauer 1-3; Lapczynski 1-4; Gilyard 0-1; Jackson 0-2. Totals 4-14.

Rebounds – Charleston: Russell 11; Hopkins 9; Hayton 2; Pannell 2; Palacio 2; Simon 2; Reebes 1; Zakharova 1; Loos 1. Totals 31; West Virginia Wesleyan: Tolbert 6; Gilyard 4; Gabauer 4; Wilfong 3; Jackson 3; Kimmons 2; Layeni 1; Lapczynski 1. Totals 24.

Assists – Charleston: Palacio 3; Simon 3; Russell 2; Zakharova 2; Pannell 1; Hopkins 1; Reeves 1; Haines 1. Totals 14; West Virginia Wesleyan: Jackson 4; Gilyard 3; Gabauer 3; Wilfong 2; Kimmons 1. Totals 13.

Steals – Charleston: Simon 4; Russell 3; Palacio 3; Hayton 1; Pannell 1; Hopkins 1; Zakharova 1. Totals 14; West Virginia Wesleyan: Jackson 2; Gilyard 1; Gabauer 1; Kimmons 1; Karaivanvoa 1. Totals 6.

Blocked shots – Charleston: None; West Virginia Wesleyan:  Tolbert 2; Wilfong 2. Totals 4.

Turnovers – Charleston: 20; West Virginia Wesleyan: 29.

Personal fouls – Charleston: 19; West Virginia Wesleyan: 16.

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