Lady Bobcat cagers fall to Notre Dame, 76-66


SOUTH EUCLID (Ohio) – A rough second quarter did in the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats in their Mountain East Conference road contest Monday evening against the MEC North Division leading Notre Dame College Falcons.

The Lady Bobcats were down by just four at the end of the first quarter but were outscored by 10 in the second quarter and that 10 points wound up being the final deficit in a 76-66 setback.

Lost in the setback were the efforts of  Wesleyan’s Brittany Stawovy and Cierra Tolbert.

Both had double-doubles as Stawovy finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Tolbert scored 10 points and yanked down 12 rebounds.

Abi Gabauer came off the bench and just missed a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.

The Lady Bobcats also out rebounded Notre Dame by a 51-37 margin.

Despite the loss, Wesleyan head coach Vicky Bullett was pleased with the effort her squad gave in the contest against the first-place Falcons.

“We showed great fight tonight,” remarked Bullett. “I'm very proud of our team and Notre Dame is a great opponent.”

Wesleyan never led in the contest but kept it tight in the first quarter.

Malaika Kimmons tied the game for Wesleyan for the third time in the opening quarter with a lay-up on a fast break making the score 9-9.

Notre Dame scored four points in a row, but Taylor Dunbar popped in a jumper making it a 13-11 contest.

Wesleyan went into the second quarter down by four, at 17-13.

Notre Dame scored the first five points of the second quarter opening a 22-13 lead before Symphonie Bryant-Brown made a lay-up to close the gap to seven points.

Notre Dame continued to control the quarter building a 14-point lead on two different occasions, including the score at the half, 40-26.

A three-pointer by Notre Dame’s Marina Adachi ballooned the Falcon lead up to 18, at 48-30, with 6:39 remaining in the third quarter.

Wesleyan began to cut into the lead at that point outplaying Notre Dame the rest of the quarter.

A three-pointer  by Gabauer cut the deficit for Wesleyan down to eight, at 50-42, and they went into the final frame down by just nine, at 53-44.

Wesleyan kept shrinking the Notre Dame lead and had it down to five points following a Dunbar jumper at 61-56, with 6:10 remaining in the game.

Notre Dame answered with an 8-0 run making it a 69-56 game with four minutes remaining.

Wesleyan kept battling when a Stawovy three-pointer made it a two-possession game, at 72-66, with 30 second remaining but the Lady Bobcats couldn’t get any closer as Notre Dame ended the game with four unanswered points.

Notre Dame was led by Jada Marone’s 19 points while Adachi added 17.

Notre Dame improved to 7-1 overall and 7-1 in the MEC.

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

They were slated to host Wheeling Wednesday and will return to action Sunday when they visit West Liberty for a 2 p.m. conference battle.

The boxscore:

W. Va. Wesleyan  13  13  18  22 – 66

Notre Dame          17  23  13  23 – 76

West Virginia Wesleyan 66

Brittany Stawovy 6-13 0-0 16; Cierra Tolbert 4-8 2-3 10; Abi Gabauer 4-8 0-0 10; Symphonie Bryant-Brown 3-11 2-2 8; Malaika Kimmons 3-4 0-0 6; Taylor Dunbar 2-5 2-2 6; Tamera Maple 2-5 0-0 6; Courtney Wilfong 1-8 0-0 2; Summer Matlack 1-5 0-0 2; Ariana Harmon 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-67 6-7 66.

Notre Dame 76

Jada Marone 5-12 7-9 19; Marina Adachi 5-13 4-4 17; Amil Ali-Shakir 5-14 1-2 13; Theresa Parr 4-9 1-1 11; Tamia Ridley 3-9 1-1 7; Jennifer Oduho 2-7 0-0 4; Nadia Jackson 1-3 0-0 2; Lizzie Imrie 1-3 0-0 2; Julie Kemp 0-0 0-0 0; Shay Davidson 0-0 0-0 0; Willow White 0-3 0-0 0; Alyssa Wright 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-73 14-17 76.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 4-8; Maple 2-4; Gabauer 2-5; Dunbar 0-1; Wilfong 0-2; Bryant-Brown 0-3; Matlack 0-4. Totals 8-27; Notre Dame: Adachi 3-8; Parr 2-3; Marone 2-5; Ali-Shakir 2-5; Jackson 1-2; White 0-1; Imrie 0-1; Oduho 0-2. Totals 10-27.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Tolbert 12; Stawovy 10; Gabauer 9; Wilfong 8; Dunbar 3; Matlack 3; Maple 2; team 2; Kimmons 1; Bryant-Brown 1. Totals 51; Notre Dame: Parr 8; Marone 7; Ali-Shakir 5; Adachi 4; Ridley 4; team 3; Imrie 2; Kemp 1; Jackson 1; White 1; Wright 1. Totals 37.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Wilfong 6; Stawovy 2; Matlack 2; Bryant-Brown 2; Tolbert 1; Kimmons 1; Gabauer 1. Totals 15; Notre Dame: Oduho 3; Ali-Shakir 2; Adachi 1; Parr 1. Totals 7.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 2; Kimmons 1; Gabauer 1; Matlack 1. Totals 5; Notre Dame: Marone 3; Parr 3; Ali-Shakir 3; Ridley 1; White 1. Totals 11.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Dunbar 2; Stawovy 1; Tolbert 1; Maple 1. Totals 5; Notre Dame: Marone 1; Ridley 1. Totals 2.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 22; Notre Dame: 8.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 14; Notre Dame: 10.

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