Lady Bobcats mount a late run, come up short against Notre Dame Falcons

#03 sophomore guard Imani Jackson calls out a play earlier in the season. Jackson was a steadying force for the Bobcats Saturday evening, leading a late run that almost toppled Notre Dame. PHOTO SUBMITTED

BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia Wesleyan College women’s’ basketball team (2-6, 1-5 MEC) mounted a late run, however ultimately fell short at home to Ohio’s Notre Dame Falcons (6-3, 5-1 MEC) by a final score of 58-51 at the Rockefeller Center last Saturday afternoon.

Bryant-Brown, who had been on a scoring tear early in the season for the Bobcats, scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Courtney Wilfong and Imani Jackson both chipped in 10 points apiece, while Cierra Tolbert collected a game-high 14 rebounds to go along with 8 points. 

Both teams started the game off slow offensively, until Notre Dame hit a two after two scoreless minutes. Seconds later, freshman guard Symphonie Bryant-Brown hit a shot behind the arc to give the Lady Bobcats a 3-2 lead in the first. The Falcons answered Bryant-Brown’s three with a 10-0 run to get out to a nine-point lead. The Lady Bobcats, backed in a corner, showed some fight, putting together a 5-0 run to cut the Falcon lead to four. The opposing team ended the first quarter on a 9-2 run, holding a 21-9 advantage over the home team. WVWC picked it up offensively in the second period, outscoring the Falcons 13-9 to cut their deficit to 8, trailing 30-22 at halftime.

 The Falcons started the second half on fire, building a 17-point lead late in the third quarter. Down 48-31, the Lady Bobcats needed to make a run to stay in the game. That run came in the fourth quarter and the team stormed back, by way of a 12-2 run to get back in the game. The Lady Bobcats mounted the run by stringing together stops defensively, along with a few timely clutch buckets from a trio of sophomores in Imani Jackson, Cierra Tolbert and Courtney Wilfong. The team got within single digits with a little over a minute left in the game, cutting the Falcon lead to as thin of a margin as 5 in the waning seconds of the game. In the end, the Falcons handled their business from the charity stripe to hand the Lady Bobcats’ a loss.

The WVWC Lady Bobcats will take a Christmas break before returning to the court next year when the season resumes, January 5, 2022 with a home game against the Charleston University Golden Eagles. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 5:30 pm.


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