Lady Bobcats drop conference matchup against the Battlers

WVWC #21 Courtney Wilfong scans the court during a loss to ABU. PHOTO BY WESLEYANBOBCATS.COM

PHILLIPI — The West Virginia Wesleyan College women’s basketball team dropped a conference road game to the Alderson Broaddus Battlers, with a final score of 102-65, Wednesday night at Rex Pyles Arena.

Wesleyan got off to a promising start, getting out to an early 7-4 lead, but the Battlers stormed back with a 10-0 run. This run sparked their team to build a commanding 26-16 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, WVWC did enough to keep the game in striking distance, but still found themselves trailing at the half, 44-29.

After halftime, the Bobcats cranked up their aggressiveness, getting off to an early 8-0 run to cut the ABU’s lead to as little 12 in the third quarter, but couldn’t quite breakthrough despite playing their best quarter of the game. The Battlers’ survived the Bobcats’ early run, building their lead back up to 19 at the end of the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Battlers’ caught fire, outscoring the Lady Bobcats’ 34-16 in the final frame to end any hope for a comeback. 

 In all, WVWC saw three Bobcats reach double-digit scoring Wednesday night. Courtney Wilfong paced the team with 16 points to go along with 2 steals. Electra Allembert chipped in 13 points and showed a great deal of effort on the offensive glass, pulling down 5 offensive rebounds. Explosive scorer Symphonie Bryant-Brown had a quiet night by her standards, only scoring 11 points, but she made up for it through making plays for teammates, dishing out four assists.

Defensively, the Bobcats had a tough time containing the Battlers, allowing two players to score over 25 points. Taylor Issac hit eight threes, posting a game-high 28 points, while teammate Nyshae’ Weaver wasn’t too far behind, netting 27 points of her own. Jaya Nelson proved to be a difficult match up inside, recording a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

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