Lady Bobcat rally falls short against WVU Tech


BECKLEY – West Virginia Wesleyan’s fourth-quarter rally came up just short against the homestanding WVU Tech Golden Bears in an 81-76 non-conference setback as they attempted to end their six-game losing streak.

Wesleyan trailed 62-48 heading into the final quarter and worked feverishly to get back into the game putting up 28 fourth-quarter points but the Lady ‘Cats and the comeback ran out of time.

The loss, the seventh in a row for Wesleyan, dropped their record to 3-9.

Down 7-5 early, Brittany Stawovy drained a three-pointer, Malaika Kimmons put in a jumper and Stawovy came back to nail another three-pointer to put Wesleyan up by a 13-7 score.

WVU Tech went on a 6-1 run to make it a 14-13 contest but Gilyard hit a basket at the end of the quarter keeping Wesleyan up by three, at 16-13.

A 12-5 run the Golden Bears in the first five minutes of the second quarter gave them a 25-21 advantage.

WVU Tech pushed their lead out to eight, at 33-25, but Courtney Wilfong made a jumper in the paint and Imani Jackson added a free throw to cut the lead to five, at 33-28 with 2:44 remaining in the half.

Kimmons cut the deficit to one point with a basket to end the half, leaving Wesleyan down by a 40-39 count.

The third quarter belonged to WVU Tech as they outscored Wesleyan by a 22-9 margin.

WVU Tech’s biggest lead of the third quarter was 15 points, at 62-47, following a three-pointer by Isabel Barrio with 46 second left.

WVU Tech took a 62-48 lead into the fourth quarter.

Leading 64-51, Nicole Gilyard scored from the paint, Amira Layeni drained a three-pointer and Stawovy capped an 8-0 run with an inside basket to make it a six-point game, at 64-58 with seven minutes left in the final quarter.

The Golden Bears pushed their lead back to nine, at 72-63, with 4:10 left to play, but Abi Gabauer uncorked a trey and Stawovy followed with another three to close the gap to just three, at 72-69, with three minutes left.

With WVU Tech leading 79-73, Gabauer dropped in another trey to cut the lead to a one possession game, at 79-76 with 42 seconds remaining.

Whittney Justice made two free throws for WVU Tech to push the lead back to five, at 81-76, with 20 seconds remaining.

Wesleyan couldn’t score in the final 20 seconds missing three shots on their final two possessions.

Stawovy led Wesleyan with 21 points and eight rebounds while Wilfong tallied 16 points.

WVU Tech put five players in double digits as Kathylee Pinnock Branford led the way with 15 points while Alexandria Gray had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Whittney Justice added 13 and Brittany Justice 12 for WVU Tech.

WVU Tech improved to 11-6 on the season.

Wesleyan will return to action Wednesday when they visit the University of Charleston for a Mountain East Conference clash at 5:45 p.m.

The boxscore:

West Virginia Wesleyan                                                 16  23  9  28 – 76

WVU Tech                                                                       13  27  22  19 – 81

West Virginia Wesleyan 76

Brittany Stawovy 7-13 4-5 21; Courtney Wilfong 6-13 2-2 16; Abi Gabauer 4-11 0-2 10; Imani Jackson 2-5 2-2 7; Nicole Gilyard 3-11 2-2 6; Malaika Kimmons 2-4 2-4 6; Amira Layeni 2-6 0-0 6; Cydney Lapczynski 2-4 0-0 4; Cierra Tolbert 0-5 0-0 0; Anastasiya Karaivanova 0-0 0-0 0; Malera Staples 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-73 10-15 76.

WVU Tech 81

Kathylee Pinnock Branford 4-8 6-6 15; Whittney Justice 2-7 8-8 13; Brittney Justice 4-9 4-4 12; Brianna Ball 5-6 1-4 11; Alexandria Gray 1-10 7-10 10; Isabel Barrio 3-3 0-0 9; ShanEttine Butler 1-5 5-6 7; Logan Dudley 1-3 2-4 4; Makayla Jones 0-0 0-0 0; Alyssa Taylor 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-52 33-42 81.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 3-7; Gabauer 2-5; Layeni 2-5; Wilfong 2-7; Jackson 1-1; Gilyard 0-1; Lapczynski 0-1. Totals 10-27; WVU Tech: Barrio 3-3; Pinnock Branford 1-2; Gray 1-2; W. Justice 1-4; B. Justice 0-2; Butler 0-2. Totals 6-15.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 8; Gilyard 6; team 6; Kimmons 5; Jackson 4; Tolbert 3; Layeni 3; Wilfong 2; Gabauer 2; Staples 1. Totals 40; WVU Tech: 11; team 6; W. Justice 6; Dudley 4; Barrio 3; B. Justice 3; Pinnock Branford 2; Ball 2; Butler 2; Taylor 1. Totals 40.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 4; Jackson 3; Lapczynski 3; Gilyard 2; Kimmons 2 Layeni 2; Wilfong 1; Karaivanova 1. Totals 18; WVU Tech: Gray 6; Barrio 3; Pinnock Branford 2 W. Justice 2; Ball 1; Butler 1; Taylor 1. Totals 16.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabauer 4; Stawovy 2; Gilyard 2; Wilfong 1; Jackson 1; Kimmons 1; Layeni. Totals 12; WVU Tech: B. Justice 4; Gray 2; Pinnok Branford 1; Dudley 1; Ball 1; Butler 1; Taylor 1. Totals 11.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: GIlyard 2; Stawovy 1; Karaivanova 1. Totals 4; WVU Tech: B. Justice 1. Totals 1.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 19; WVU Tech: 19.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 30; WVU Tech: 19.

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