BUCKHANNON — The Hilltoppers jumped out to a quick start in the first half to build a 38-23 lead going into the halftime break of their contest with West Virginia Wesleyan College. The Lady Bobcats’ shooting woes that troubled them in the first half carried over into the second half and they couldn’t seem to be able to get in striking distance of the West Liberty lead in the second half, which resulted in WVWC dropping this one at home.
Despite Laurel, Maryland native Symphonie Bryant-Brown reaching the 20-point mark for the second time in this young season, the Lady Bobcats lost to WLU at the Rockefeller Center Wednesday.
To complement her solid scoring night, Bryant-Brown added eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals to round out her stat line. Her performance was anchored by a strong showing at the free throw line, sinking 6 of her 7 attempts on the night. Courtney Wilfong dished out two assists while Electra Allembert pulled down a team-high nine rebounds. However, the team as a whole struggled to find the bottom of the net, finishing the game shooting only 25.4% from the field and 61.5% from the free throw line.
On the flip side, two Hilltoppers posted double-digit point totals—Bailee Smith (19) and Karly McCutcheon (17). Smith forced two steals and passed four assists, while McCutcheon drilled four 3’s. Arriana Manzay hauled in a game-high 16 boards, with six of them coming on the offensive end. The Hilltoppers weren’t much more efficient from the field—shooting 33.8%—only marginally better than the Bobcats, but WLU did manage to consistently hit free throws, finishing 13 of 15 from the charity stripe.
The WVWC Lady Bobcats women’s basketball team will return to the court this weekend when they travel to Wheeling to take on the Wheeling University Lady Cardinals.