Lady Bobcat cagers drop 70-56 decision to Davis & Elkins in conference outing


ELKINS – Abi Gabauer came off the bench to score a team-high 18 points but it wasn’t enough to lift her West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats past the Davis & Elkins Lady Senators Saturday afternoon in a Mountain East Conference tilt.

The Lady ‘Cats dropped a 70-56 contest.

Wesleyan dug themselves an early hole they could never get out of trailing by eight after the first quarter of action.

Wesleyan never led in the game and trailed early by a 5-0 margin before Nicole Gilyard put them on the scoreboard with a jumper in the paint.

The Lady Bobcats trailed by just two, at 12-10, at the 4:19 mark of the first quarter, but were outscored by an 8-2 margin the rest of the way and were down by a 20-12 score heading into the second stanza.

With Davis & Elkins leading by a 25-12 score after scoring the first five points of the second quarter, Wesleyan went on a 10-0 run.

Cierra Tolbert made an outside jumper, Gabauer scored in the paint Brittany Stawovy canned a three-pointer, Courtney Wilfong put in a free throw and came back with a jumper during the run as Wesleyan made it a 25-22 contest with 2:52 left in the second quarter.

Davis & Elkins responded with a 9-2 run to end the quarter taking a 10-point lead in the half, at 34-24.

Gilyard opened the third quarter with a jumper making it an eight-point deficit for Wesleyan, but they couldn’t get any closer during the stanza.

Davis & Elkins built two 19-point leads during the third quarter and led going into the final quarter by 16, at 56-40.

A pair of free throws by Jamiyah Johnson at the 5:11 mark of the fourth quarter gave Davis & Elkins their biggest lead of the game, at 22 points, at 66-44.

Wesleyan shrunk the lead to 12 with two minutes remaining after a three-pointer by Gabauer, at 68-56, but wouldn’t score again in the contest.

Behind Gabauer in the scoring column for the Lady ‘Cats were Gilyard with 11 points and Stawovy with eight.

Davis & Elkins was led by Jessica Eadsforth-Yates with 14 points and Johnson and Peyton Mohler with 11.

Davis & Elkins improved to 5-13 overall and 4-8 in the MEC.

Wesleyan fell to 3-15 overall and 1-11 in the MEC.

The Lady ‘Cats will look to end their 13-game slide Wednesday when they visit Wheeling for a 5:30 p.m. conference match-up.

The boxscore:

W. Va Wesleyan    12  12  16  16 – 56

Davis & Elkins     20  14  22  14 – 70

West Virginia Wesleyan 56

Abi Gabauer 8-12 0-0 18; Nicole Gilyard 5-7 1-3 11; Brittany Stawvoy 1-9 5-6 8; Courtney Wilfong 2-9 2-4 6; Cierra Tolbert 2-5 2-6 6; Amira Layeni 2-9 0-0 4; Malaika Kimmons 1-4 1-2 3; Imani Jackson 0-1 0-0 0; Cydney Lapczynski 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 21-58 11-21 56.

Davis & Elkins 70

Jessica Eadsforth-Yates 5-8 0-0 14; Jamiyah Johnson 4-15 3-6 11; Peyton Mohler 4-7 2-2 11; Sydney Nestor 4-6 2-2 10; Allie Taylor 2-7 0-0 6; Abbie Bartenslager 2-5 0-0 5; Jay Kilpatrick 1-3 2-2 4; Reagan Sharp 2-4 0-0 4; Tailyn Silver 1-1 1-1 3; Courtney Roth 1-3 0-0 2; Rachel Bolyard 0-4 0-0 0; Kirsten Doleman 0-1 0-0 0; Angel Broadus 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-65 10-13 70.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabauer 2-5; Stawovy 1-5; Jackson 0-1; Lapczynski 0-1; Wilfong 0-3; Layeni 0-4. Totals 3-19; Davis & Elkins: Eadsforth-Yates 4-7; Taylor 2-7; Mohler 1-1; Bartenslager 1-3; Kilpatrick 0-1; Sharp 0-1; Bolyard 0-1; Roth 0-2. Totals 8-23.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Tolbert 8; Kimmons 7; Stawovy 5; Layeni 5; team 5; Gilyard 3; Wilfong 3; Gabauer 3; Lapczynski 1. Totals 40; Davis & Elkins: Johnson 16; Mohler 5; Nestor 5; Kilpatrick 4; team 3; Bartenslager 2; Silver 2; Roth 2; Doleman 2; Eadsforth-Yates 1; Taylor 1; Broadus 1. Totals 44.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Jackson 3; Wilfong 2; Stawovy 1; Layeni 1; Gabauer 1; Lapczynski 1. Totals 9; Davis & Elkins: Johnson 3; Nestor 2; Taylor 2; Eadsforth-Yates 1; Bartenslager 1; Kilpatrick 1; Roth 1; Bolyard 1; Doleman 1. Totals 13.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 3; Stawovy 2: Gabauer 2; Wilfong 1; Layeni 1. Totals 9; Davis & Elkins: Kilpatrick 2; Johnson 1; Mohler 1; Taylor 1; Doleman 1. Totals 6.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Tolbert 2; Layeni 1; Kimmons 1. Totals 4; Davis & Elkins: None.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 17; Davis & Elkins: 14.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 20; Davis & Elkins: 18.

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