Basketball Lady ‘Cats struggle with West Virginia State in 103-68 loss

Ali Gabauer (24) came off the bench for West Virginia Wesleyan to score a game-high 26 points in their 103-68 setback Wednesday evening to the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets in Rockefeller Center.

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats had no answers for West Virginia State or their 1-2-2 press in their Mountain East Conference clash Wednesday evening at Rockefeller Center.

The Yellow Jackets forced Wesleyan into 28 turnovers as they left Buckhannon with a 103-68 victory.

The loss ruined a near perfect game from Wesleyan’s Abi Gabauer who scored a game-high 26 points.

She was a red-hot 11-for-14 from the floor and a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

Gabauer also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

The loss dropped Wesleyan to 0-5 overall and 0-5 in the MEC.

Wesleyan kept it close early on and actually had an early 2-0 lead after an opening basket by Malaika Kimmons.

A jumper by Wesleyan’s Tamera Maple kept Wesleyan down by just three, at 16-13, with 3:30 left in the first quarter.

The Yellow Jackets though went on a 10-4 run to close the quarter taking a 26-17 lead.

The Yellow Jackets ballooned their lead up to 17 on Wesleyan, at 43-26, with 1:38 remaining in the half.

Wesleyan made a late 4-0 run  to close the half behind free throws by Wilfong and Kimmons and a jumper by Gabauer making it a 43-30 contest at the intermission.

Kimmons started off the second half scoring with a jumper bringing the Yellow Jacket lead down to 11, at 43-32, but the Lady Bobcats couldn’t get any closer.

A jumper at the 2:20 mark of the third quarter by Gabauer kept Wesleyan down by only 13, at 58-45, but the Yellow Jackets ended the quarter on a 9-2 run for a 67-47 lead heading into the fourth stanza.

Wesleyan’s biggest deficit in the fourth quarter was 35 points at the end of the game.

Gabauer was the only player to reach double digits for Wesleyan as Kimmons added nine points and Symphonie Bryant-Brown added eight.

Wesleyan was 0-7 from behind the three-point arc as their recent long-range shooting woes have continued.

Wesleyan is just 4-for-42 from the three-point arc in their last three games.

Destiny Fields came off the bench to lead West Virginia State with a double-double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Payton Shears added 15 points and Kalia Cunningham 13 as the Yellow Jackets improved to 2-3 overall and 2-3 in the MEC.

Wesleyan will return to action today traveling to Charleston for a 2 p.m. conference outing with the Golden Eagles.

Charleston enters the game with a perfect 5-0 record.

The boxscore:

West Virginia State 26  17  24  26 – 103

W. Va Wesleyan       17  13  17  21 – 68

West Virginia State 103

Destiny Fields 7-11 4-5 18; Payton Shears 5-8 2-4 15; Kalia Cunningham 4-11 4-5 13; Shelby Harmeyer 4-8 0-0 11; Alexis Hall 4-10 2-2 10; Charity Shears 4-7 0-0 10; Hannah Shriver 1-6 3-3 5; Alana Kramer 2-4 0-0 4; Jada Higgins 2-4 0-0 4; Alexis Bennington-Horton 1-5 0-0 3; Sa’Dera Johnson 0-3 2-2 2; Zakorrah Russell 1-3 0-2 2; Madison Riley 1-2 0-0 2; Kiya Thompson 1-1 0-1 2; Erin Whitehead 0-4 1-4 1; Cerena Reeves 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 37-89 19-30 103.

West Virginia Wesleyan 68

Abi Gabauer 11-14 4-4 26; Malaika Kimmons 4-6 1-2 9; Symphonie Bryant-Brown 2-11 4-4 8; Courtney Wilfong 2-7 3-5 7; Brittany Stawovy 2-9 1-2 5; Summer Matlack 1-4 2-2 4; Ariana Harmon 1-5 1-2 3; Taylor Dunbar 1-2 0-0 2; Tamera Maple 1-4 0-0 2; Kamryn Williamson 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 26-65 16-21 68.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia State: P. Shears 3-6; Harmeyer 3-7; C. Shears 2-5; Cunningham 1-4; Bennington-Horton 1-4; Hall 0-5; Shriver 0-3; Johnson 0-3; Russell 0-2; Fields 0-1; Kramer 0-1; Riley 0-1; Cheresne 0-1. Totals 10-43; West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 0-3; Matlack 0-2; Maple 0-1; Bryant-Brown 0-1. Totals 0-7.

Rebounds – West Virginia State: Fields 10; Russell 9; Cheresne 6; Cunningham 4; Whitehead 4; Harmeyer 3; C. Shears 3; Shriver 3; team 3; P. Shears 2; Hall 2; Kramer 2; Higgins 1; Bennington-Horton 1; Riley 1; Reeves 1. Totals 55; West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabauer 8; Stawovy 7; Bryant-Brown 5; Matlack 5; Williamson 5; Kimmons 4; Wilfong 4; Dunbar 2; team 2; Maple 1. Totals 43.

Assists – West Virginia State: Russell 6; Shriver 4; Fields 3; Harmeyer 3; Cunningham 2; C. Shears 1; Kramer 1. Totals 20; West Virginia Wesleyan: Wilfong 4; Matlack 4; Bryant-Brown 2; Stawovy 2; Kimmons 1; Gabauer 1; Harmon 1; Maple 1. Totals 16.

Steals – West Virginia State: Russell 4; Harmeyer 3; Higgins 3; Cunningham 2; Hall 2; Whitehead 2; Shriver 2; Johnson 2; Fields 1; C. Shears 1; Kramer 1. Totals 23; West Virginia Wesleyan: Kimmons 2; Bryant-Brown 1; Matlack 1; Gabauer 1; Harmon 1. Totals 6

Blocked shots – West Virginia State: Whitehead 1; Fields 1. Totals 2; West Virginia Wesleyan: Bryant-Brown 2. Totals 2.

Turnovers – West Virginia State: 15; West Virginia Wesleyan: 28.

Personal fouls – West Virginia State: 21; West Virginia Wesleyan: 22.

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