Kimmons records a double-double for Lady ‘Cats but they drop a 73-63 decision to West Liberty

Malaika Kimmons (32) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats dribbles past West Liberty’s Corrine Thomas (4) during the second half of their Mountain East Conference clash Saturday afternoon at Rockefeller Center. Kimmons came off the bench to record a double-double, 20 points and 11 rebounds, but Wesleyan dropped a 73-63 decision.

BUCKHANNON – Malaika Kimmons had a double-double with game high 20 points and 11 rebounds for the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats in their contest Saturday afternoon with visiting West Liberty Hilltoppers in a Mountain East Conference outing.

Despite the career best efforts of the sophomore forward from Apex, North Carolina, the Lady Bobcats couldn’t overcome West Liberty in a 73-63 setback.

Despite being close in contests, Wesleyan just can’t shake their losing streak which has now reached 15 games.

The game was tight throughout the first half.

A Brittany Stawovy three-pointer gave Wesleyan an 8-7 lead with 5:48 remaining in the first quarter.

Courtney Wilfong’s jumper in the paint kept Wesleyan tied with West Liberty at 12-12 with two minutes left in the first.

Wesleyan trailed by a 14-13 score heading into the second quarter.

West Liberty built a 20-16 lead but Kimmons ran off six straight points all by herself to give Wesleyan a 22-20 advantage with 2:50 gone in the second quarter.

A lay-up by Cierra Tolbert kept Wesleyan ahead by one point, at 28-27, with 2:35 remaining in the half, but West Liberty closed on a 5-2 run for a 32-30 lead at the break.

With West Liberty leading by a 37-36 score, Kimmons grabbed a rebound and put it back in to return the advantage back to Wesleyan, at 38-37, with 6:52 remaining.

It would be the last least lead Wesleyan held as West Liberty ended the quarter on a 14-2 run for a 51-40 lead heading into the final quarter.

A three-pointer by Morgan Brunner gave West Liberty their biggest lead of the game, at 24 points, at 71-47 with four minutes remaining.

Wesleyan closed the game on a 16-2 run to make the final score look more respectable.

Kimmons came off the bench to score her game-high 20 points for Wesleyan while Gilyard added 13.

Brunner led West Liberty with 18 points.

West Liberty improved to 8-12 overall and 4-10 in the MEC.

Wesleyan dropped to 3-17 overall and 1-13 in the MEC.

They will play again Wednesday hosting Notre Dame College at 5:30 p.m.

The boxscore:

West Liberty                14  18  19  22 – 73

W. Va. Wesleyan    13  17  10  23 – 63

West Liberty 73

Morgan Brunner 6-14 0-0 18; Taylor Johnson 6-12 1-2 15; Jaclyn Kitts 2-4 2-2 8; Corinne Thomas 2-10 1-2 7; Grace Fodor 3-6 0-0 6; Audrey Tingle 2-5 0-0 5; Olivia Belknap 2-6 0-0 5; Destiny Hutcheson 2-3 1-2 5; Grace Faulk 1-5 0-0 2; Monica Bragg 0-0 2-4 2. Totals 26-65 7-12 73.

West Virginia Wesleyan 63

Malaika Kimmons 9-14 2-5 20; Nicole Gilyard 6-15 1-2 13; Courtney Wilfong 4-10 0-0 8; Brittany Stawovy 3-9 0-0 7; Abi Gabauer 3-8 1-1 7; Cierra Tolbert 3-4 0-0 6; Amira Layeni 1-4 0-0 2; Imani Jackson 0-3 0-2 0; Cydney Lapczynski 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 29-69 4-10 63.

Three-point field goals – West Liberty: Brunner 6-13; Kitts 2-4; Johnson 2-6; Thomas 2-9; Tingle 1-2; Belknap 1-4; Hutcheson 0-1; Faulk 0-4. Totals 14-43; West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 1-3; Wilfong 0-1; Gabauer 0-1. Totals 1-5.

Rebounds – West Liberty: Thomas 9; Johnson 7; Brunner 4; Tingle 4; Fodor 4; Kitts 3; Faulk 2; Bragg 2; Belknap 1; Hutcheson 1. Totals 37; West Virginia Wesleyan: Kimmons 11; Gilyard 10; Tolbert 5; Wilfong 4; Jackson 4; Gabauer 3; Stawovy 2; Layeni 1. Totals 40.

Assists – West Liberty: Tingle 7; Johnson 3; Kitts 2; Brunner 1; Belknap 1; Fodor 1; Hutcheson 1. Totals 13; West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 7; Gilyard 4; Gabauer 4; Jackson 3; Wilfong 1; Kimmons 1. Totals 20.

Steals – West Liberty: Tingle 2; Fodor 2; Brunner 1; Johnson 1. Totals 6; West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabauer 3; Wilfong 1; Stawovy 1. Totals 5.

Blocked shots – West Liberty: Johnson 1; Bragg 1. Totals 2; West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 2. Totals 2.

Turnovers – West Liberty: 13; West Virginia Wesleyan: 16.

Personal fouls – West Liberty: 18; West Virginia Wesleyan: 13.

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