BUCKHANNON – While the West Virginia Wesleyan men’s basketball team was able to tip off with the Fairmont State Falcons Thursday night in their scheduled opener, the Lady Bobcats will have to wait after it was announced by the Mountain East Conference that their Thursday contest with FSU would be postponed.
The MEC released a statement Wednesday saying, “In accordance with Mountain East Conference protocols and recommendations from local health officials, Fairmont State's women's basketball games scheduled for Jan 7 (vs. West Virginia Wesleyan) and Jan. 10 (vs. Davis & Elkins) have been postponed as Fairmont State is pausing team activities. The Conference will work with the institutions to reschedule.”
For Lady Bobcat head coach Vicky Bullett, this will now mean that her team will open their season this Sunday on the road against Frostburg State. The game will begin at 2 p.m.
“Despite the delay, it will feel great to return to the court,” remarked Bullett. “I am eager to teach once again, hoping to improve from last year’s disheartening season.”
Bullett said that while playing through a pandemic will be different, it will be something that her squad has braced for.
“As long as the college and officials maintain an action plan to keep everyone safe I am sure that we can do our part and follow through on the protocols,” noted Bullett.
Bullett and the Lady Bobcats are hoping to rebound this year from last season’s 4-24 record.
With three starters returning this season, Wesleyan should project upward in the MEC standings.
Returning will be senior guard Brittany Stawovy, sophomore guard Courtney Wilfong and sophomore forward/center Cierra Tolbert.
Joining the mix for the Lady Bobcats will be top newcomer Symphone Bryant-Brown, a guard from Baltimore, Md.
The Lady Bobcats started practice just little over two weeks ago on Dec. 28.
“Due to the time of our team’s arrival, I haven’t had a lot time to see the ability of my players to set goals as a team,” stated Bullett. “They all have academic goals and personal goals and that of course is a working process. Overall, for another year I just want to be competitive and practice each day to improve and not make excuses.”
The Lady ‘Cats were picked 12th out of 12 teams in the MEC preseason coaches’ poll that was released earlier this week.
“Since we were voted last in the conference each team for us will be a challenge,” concluded Bullett. “I need my returning players to really take pride to be better!”