Lady Bobcat cagers fall to league-leading Notre Dame in MEC play, 72-53


SOUTH EUCLID (Ohio) – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats made the trek to South Euclid (Ohio) to face the Mountain East Conference leading Notre Dame Falcons Saturday afternoon.

Wesleyan never led in the contest and were unable to stay with the first-place Falcons suffering a 72-53 setback.

Down 4-0 early, Cierra Tolbert and Nicole Gilyard made consecutive baskets for Wesleyan tying the game at 4-4.

The rest of the quarter belonged to Notre Dame as they went on a 14-7 run taking an 18-11 lead after 10 minutes of action.

Wesleyan went scoreless the first five minutes of the second quarter as Notre Dame scored nine unanswered for a 27-11 lead.

A three-pointer by Amani Jackson ended the scoreless streak for Wesleyan and kept them down by 13, at 27-14.

Wesleyan continued to trail by 13 at the half, at 31-18.

A 9-1 jaunt by Notre Dame to start the third quarter put the Falcons up by a 40-20 score.

Notre Dame built a 48-25 lead with 4:16 but Wesleyan was able to cut it down to 17 points entering the final quarter, at 52-35.

Wesleyan’s biggest deficit of the fourth quarter was 26 points, at 63-37 with 6:33 remaining.

The Lady ‘Cats couldn’t get any closer than 19 points the rest of the way.

Wesleyan shot just 30.8 percent for the game making good on 20 of their 65 attempts.

Tolbert was the only Lady Bobcat to reach double digits as she scored a team-high 13 points.

Brittany Stawovy and Imani Jackson each had eight points for Wesleyan.

Jada Marone had a game-high 17 points for Notre Dame while Seina Adachi added 14.

Notre Dame improved to 9-1 overall and 5-1 in the MEC.

Wesleyan dropped to 3-7 overall and 1-5 in the MEC.

Wesleyan will be idle during the week and will return to the court this Saturday at Alderson Broaddus for a 1 p.m. non-conference tip.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan                                                 11  7  17  18 – 53

Notre Dame                                                                   18  13  21  20 – 72

West Virginia Wesleyan 53

Cierra Tolbert 4-9 5-5 13; Brittany Stawovy 3-11 0-0 8; Imani Jackson 3-6 0-0 8; Amira Layeni 3-5 0-2 7; Courtney Wilfong 3-11 0-0 6; Abi Gabauer 2-5 0-0 5; Nicole Gilyard 1-9 2-2 4; Cydney Lapczynski 1-7 0-0 2; Malaika Kimmons 0-1 0-0 0; Malera Staples 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-65 7-9 53.

Notre Dame 72

Jada Marone 7-9 1-2 17; Seina Adachi 6-11 1-2 14; Theresa Parr 3-5 2-2 9; Jessie Stout 3-10 2-3 8; Kyleigh Ramlow 3-10 0-0 8; Jennifer Oduho 1-3 2-2 4; Marina Adachi 1-2 1-2 4; Katie Karalic 1-6 1-2 3; Amil Ali-Shakir 1-1 0-0 3; Tamia Ridley 1-2 0-0 2; Shay Davidson 0-0 0-0 0; Julie Kemp 0-0 0-0 0; Alexis Karovic 0-0 0-0 0; Emma Martcheva 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-60 10-15 72.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Jackson 2-3; Stawovy 2-9; Layeni 1-1; Gabauer 1-3; Lapczynski 0-1; Wilfong 0-5. Totals 6-22; Notre Dame: Marone 2-2; Ramlow 2-8; Parr 1-1; Ali-Shakir 1-1; Adachi 1-1; Ali-Shakir 1-1; Karalic 0-1. Totals 8-18.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Tolbert 7; Stawovy 6; Layeni 6; team 6; Gilyard 5; Wilfong 3; Gabauer 2; Lapczynski 2; Kimmons 2; Jackson 1. Totals 40; Notre Dame: Ridley 7; team 7; Oduho 5; Marone 4; Adachi 3; Ramlow 3; Karalic 2; Parr 2; Adachi 2; Davidson 2; Stout 1; Kemp 1; Karovic 1. Totals 40.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Lapczynski 4; Stawovy 3; Gilyard 3; Tolbert 2; Wilfong 2. Totals 14; Notre Dame: Adachi 4; Oduho 3; Parr 3; Adachi 3; Marone 1; Stout 1; Karalic 1; Ramlow 1. Totals 17.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 2; Jackson 2; Wilfong 1; Gilyard 1; Layeni 1; Lapczynski 1; Kimmons 1. Totals 9; Notre Dame: Marone 5; Adachi 3; Karalic 2; Parr 2; Stout 1; Oduho 1. Totals 14.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 3; Gilyard 1. Totals 4; Notre Dame: Marone 1; Stout 1; Ridley 1; Davidson 1. Totals 4.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 24; Notre Dame: 18.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 12; Notre Dame: 14.

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