Lady Bobcats hang with No. 3 UC for a quarter but drop 87-52 decision

Brittany Stawovy (10) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats makes contact with Charleston’s Abby Lee (21) on her drive to the basket during their MEC contest Saturday afternoon at Rockefeller Center. Stawovy had six points and 10 rebounds in Wesleyan’s 87-52 loss.

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat basketball team has been playing some pretty good basketball after winning three of their last five games after a 0-6 start to the season.

But Wesleyan was simply outmatched against one of the best teams in the nation when they hosted the University of Charleston Golden Eagles Saturday afternoon in a Mountain East Conference tilt at Rockefeller Center.

Charleston, who entered the game without a loss on their resume and were ranked third in the nation, simply had too much for the Lady ‘Cats to overcome in an 87-52 loss.

Wesleyan kept it close for a quarter against the unbeaten Golden Eagles, trailing by just two, at 18-16.

With the game tied at 9-9, Malaika Kimmons gave Wesleyan their first lead of the contest with a lay-up at 11-9, with 3:29 showing on the first-quarter clock.

A pair of three-pointers by Brooklyn Pannell quickly gave the lead back to Charleston, at 15-11.

Wesleyan countered with a 5-0 run when Abi Gabauer knocked down a jumper and Brittany Stawovy uncorked a trey giving the lead back to the Lady Bobcats, at 16-15 with 1:55 left in the opening quarter.

Charleston scored the final three points of the quarter for an 18-16 advantage.

A 10-2 run to start the second quarter by UC put the Lady Bobcats down by a 28-18 score.

A short 4-0 run by Wesleyan dropped the Charleston lead back down to six, at 28-22, at the 6:38 mark, but Charleston dominated the rest of the quarter outscoring Wesleyan by a 13-4 margin for a 41-26 advantage at the intermission.

Wesleyan saw their deficit grow to as much as 23 points in the third quarter and was down by 22 at the end of the stanza, at 63-41.

It didn’t get any better for Wesleyan in the final quarter as they scored just 11 points.

Gabauer came off the bench to lead Wesleyan with 12 points while Courtney Wilfong and Kimmons each had nine points.

Stawovy added six points and 10 rebounds.

The Lady Bobcats were guilty of 23 turnovers in the setback.

Pannell led all scorers with 34 points for Charleston while Erykah Russell tallied 16.

Charleston improved to 12-0 overall and 12-0 in the MEC.

Wesleyan dropped to 3-9 both overall and in the league.

The Lady Bobcats will return to action Wednesday when they visit Glenville State for a league clash at 5 p.m.

The boxscore:

Charleston            18  23  22  24 – 87

W. Va. Wesleyan  16  10  15  11 – 52

Charleston 87

Brooklyn Pannell 12-20 3-6 34; Erykah Russell 5-11 6-9 16; Dakota Reeves 5-12 1-1 14; Trinity Palacio 2-5 2-2 6; Anastasiia Zakharova 2-7 2-2 6; Abby Lee 2-3 0-0 6; Nakiyah Bumgardner-Ferguson 1-1 1-1 3; Robbie Johnson 1-2 0-0 2; Haley Moore 0-2 0-0 0; Anna Cardwell 0-2 0-0 0; Shamiah Bridges 0-0 0-0 0; Alissa Crafton 0-0 0-0 0; Embla Anderson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-66 15-21 87.

West Virginia Wesleyan 52

Abi Gabauer 5-9 2-2 12; Courtney Wilfong 3-6 1-2 9; Malaika Kimmons 4-7 1-2 9; Tamera Maple 2-6 2-2 7; Brittany Stawovy 2-11 1-2 6; Symphonie Bryant-Brown 1-5 1-2 3; Summer Matlack 1-2 0-0 2; Taylor Dunbar 1-6 0-0 2; Kamryn Williamson 0-0 2-2 2; Ariana Hamon 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 19-57 10-14 52.

Three-point field goals – Charleston: Pannell 7-10; Reeves 3-10; Lee 2-2; Cardwell 0-1; Zakharova 0-2. Totals 12-25; West Virginia Wesleyan: Wilfong 2-3; Maple 1-3; Stawovy 1-7; Bryant-Brown 0-1; Matlack 0-1; Gabauer 0-1; Dunbar 0-1. Totals 4-17.

Rebounds – Charleston: Russell 11; Reeves 5; Zakharova 5; team 4; Pannell 3; Lee 3; Moore 3; Cardwell 2; Bumgardner-Ferguson 1; Bridges 1; Crafton 1. Totals 40; West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 10; Kimmons 9; Wilfong 6; Gabauer 4; Bryant-Brown 2; Dunbar 2; Harmon 2; team 2; Matlack 1; Williamson 1. Totals 39.

Assists – Charleston: Palacio 4; Reeves 4; Pannell 1; Russell 1; Zakharova 1; Lee 1; Johnson 1; Moore 1; Cardwell 1. Totals 12; West Virginia Wesleyan: Bryant-Brown 4; Harmon 3; Gabauer 2; Wilfong 1; Stawovy 1; Matlack 1. Totals 12.

Steals – Charleston: Reeves 3; Russell 2; Pannell 1; Palacio 1; Zakharova 1; Moore 1; Cardwell 1. Totals 10; West Virginia Wesleyan: Wilfong 3; Kimmons 1; Stawovy 1; Bryant-Brown 1; Maple 1. Totals 7.

Blocked shots – Charleston: Russell 1. Totals 1; West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 2; Gabauer 1. Totals 3.

Turnovers – Charleston: 12; West Virginia Wesleyan: 23.

Personal fouls – Charleston: 16; West Virginia Wesleyan: 19.

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