Lady Bobcats drop close road tilts to Notre Dame College and Urbana

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SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio – Notre Dame College overcame nine lead changes and four ties to take home a 68-64 win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon. 

The Lady Bobcats orchestrated a comeback effort in the final two minutes of the game, but the Falcons held on to secure the win.

The Falcons maintained a comfortable 66-55 advantage with 1:30 left in the game before Abi Gabayuer’s jumper sparked a 7-0 run for the Bobcats.  Marisa Finazzo hit two free throws for Notre Dame to give the Falcons a 68-62 lead with 16 seconds on the clock. 

Wesleyan’s race against the clock proved unsuccessful as it was unable to convert on two 3-pointers in its next possession and was forced to settle with Corin Todd’s two made free throws for the final margin.

Seina Adachi paced Notre Dame (17-8, 13-5) with 17 points in the win.  Finazzo chipped in 15 for the Falcons followed by Kim Cook with 13 points. 

Kyleigh Ramlow netted 11 points and notched nine rebounds over the course of the contest.

Mari Stewart drained 17 points while collecting nine rebounds for Wesleyan in the setback.

In Thursday’s 72-67 setback at Urbana,Wesleyan led for most of the night, before Urbana rallied in the final three minutes to come away with the win .

The Lady Bobcats built a 19-point lead at 47-28 with 6:33 left in the third quarter after a three by Brittany Stawovy, but the Blue Knights closed the period on a 17-4 run to pull the game back to within reach at 51-45. Megan Beachy keyed the run with eight points in that span.

WVWC remained in front in the fourth quarter until a Sylvia Hudson layup put the Blue Knights ahead at 62-61 with three minutes left in the game. After a WVWC miss, Danie Shafer connected on a 3-pointer to push the lead to four at 65-61.

Alexa Szelong pulled the Bobcats to within a point after a three, but Beachy answered with a three on the other end. WVWC would get no closer as the Blue Knights closed out the game.

Beachy finished with 17 points for Urbana. Stefanie Davis added 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Hudson chipped in 16 points.

Stewart led the way for Wesleyan with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Stacy Remer had 13 points and Szelong contributed 11 points.

The Lady Bobcats are now 7-17 overall and 5-13 in MEC games. They will return home at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to face West Liberty for another MEC contest.

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