Lady Bobcats down Fairmont State for second win in a row, 63-61

Summer Matlack (12) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats attempts to get a shot off over Fairmont State’s Brooke Kurucz (3) and Molly Rinkevich (20) during the first half of their Mountain East Conference contest Saturday.Matlack scored 10 points in Wesleyan’s 63-61 victory.

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats held off a furious second-half comeback by the Fairmont State Falcons for a heart-stopping 63-61 win here Saturday afternoon in Mountain East Conference action at Rockefeller Center.

Wesleyan had built a 17-point lead at the half, but watched Fairmont State come back to take the lead with 3:32 remaining in the game.

With Wesleyan holding a 57-54 lead, Kamrin Weimer nailed a 3-pointer and then a minute later Brooke Kurucz hit a free throw to give Fairmont State a 58-57 advantage.

Ali Gabauer knocked down two free throws to return the lead to Wesleyan, at 59-58, with 2:47 left in the contest.

A trey by Alexa Szelong extended the Wesleyan lead to four, at 62-58 with 2:09 remaining, but Rachel Laskody turned in a three-point play after making a jumper and connecting with her free throw after being fouled on the play.

That cut the Wesleyan lead to one, at 62-61, with 1:25 remaining.

With 41 seconds remaining, Nicole Gilyard made one of two at the free-throw line to give Wesleyan a 63-61 lead.

The Falcons missed a jumper by Kurucz, but Wesleyan missed both free throw attempts at the other end with Laskody hauling down the rebound.

Weimer put up a jumper with three seconds left but it didn’t fall as Wesleyan held on for the two-point win.

The win was the second in a row for head coach Vicky Bullett’s team as they now own a 2-4 record overall and a 2-2 mark in the MEC.

Fairmont State dropped to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the MEC.

The start of the game was a back-and-fourth affair with Wesleyan holding an 8-7 lead after five minutes of action.

They closed the quarter on a 10-4 run to take an 18-11 lead into the second quarter.

Wesleyan dominated the second quarter outscoring Fairmont State by a 20-10 margin.

A Brittany Stawovy trey at the end of the half treated Wesleyan to their biggest lead of the half, at 38-21.

A Summer Matlack lay-up pushed the Wesleyan lead to 19, their biggest of the game, at 42-23 with 1:36 ticked off the third quarter clock.

Fairmont State outscored Wesleyan by a 22-13 margin the rest of the quarter as the Lady Bobcats still maintained a 55-45 lead.

Fairmont State used a 9-2 run to close the gap to 57-54.

Gabauer just missed a double-double for the Lady Bobcats scoring 15 points and hauling down nine rebounds.

Szelong added 11 points while Matlack tallied 10.

Tyra Hughes added nine points, three assists and three steals.

Fairmont State was led by Kurucz and Laskody who scored 20 and 19 points respectively.

The Lady Bobcats will return to action Wednesday when they host UVa.-Wise at 5:30 p.m.

The boxscore:

Fairmont State           11  10  24  16 – 61

Wesleyan                   18  20  17  8 – 63

Fairmont State 61

Brooke Kurucz 6-12 6-8 20, Rachel Laskody 8-12 2-5 19, Kamrin Weimer 3-9 0-0 8, Ozge Yarga 2-6 0-0 5, Sierra Kotchman 0-8 0-0 0, Molly Rinkevich 2-4 0-0 4, Gracey Lamm 1-1 1-2 3, Tauylor Stafford 1-2 0-0 2, Presley Tuttle 0-3 0-0 0, Josie Daugherty 0-2 0-0 0, Erin Danik 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-60 10-14 61

West Virginia Wesleyan 63

Ali Gabauer 6-13 3-6 15, Alexa Szelong 5-8 0-0 11, Tyra Hughes 4-8 0-0 9, Nicole Gilyard 1-3 1-2 3, Brittany Stawovy 1-5 0-0 3, Summer Matlack 4-8 2-3 10, Anastasiya Karaivanova 3-4 0-0 6, Victoira Jackson 2-5 2-4 6. Totals 26-54 8-15 63.

Three-point field goals – Fairmont State: Kurucz 2-5, Weimer 2-5, Yarga 1-3, Tuttle 0-2, Daugherty 0-1, Kotchman 0-7. Totals 5-23; West Virginia Wesleyan: Hughes 1-4, Stawovy 1-4, Szelong 1-2, Gabauer 0-2, Matlack 0-2. Totals 3-14.

Rebounds – Fairmont State: Laskody 7, Kurucz 6, Weimer 4, Yarga 3, Kotchman 3, Lamm 1. Totals 24; West Virginia Wesleyan – Gabauer 9, Gilyard 9, Jackson 6, Matlack 5, Karaianova 4, Szelong 3, Hughes 3, Stawovy 1. Totals 40.

Assists – Fairmont State: Lamm 4, Kotchman 2, Yarga 2, Kurucz 1, Weimer 1. Totals 10; West Virginia Wesleyan: Matlack 5, Stawovy 3, Hughes 3, Jackson 2, Gabauer 1, Gilyard 1. Totals 15

Steals – Fairmont State: Laskody 4, Yarga 2, Kurucz 1, Weimer 1. Totals 10; West Virginia Wesleyan: Hughes 3, Gabauer 1, Matlack 1, Karaivanova 1. Totals 6.

Blocked shots – Fairmont State: Laskody 1. Totals 1; West Virginia Wesleyan: Hughes 1, Gilyard 1. Totals 2.

Personal fouls – Fairmont State: 16; West Virginia Wesleyan 16.

Turnovers – Fairmont State: 9; West Virginia Wesleyan: 14.


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