Lady Bobcats pick up first win with 86-73 victory over ABU

Brittany Stawovy

Lady ‘Cats go 19 for 22 down the stretch at the free throw line for victory

BUCKHANNON – All the hard work and persistence put in by the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats this season finally paid off Saturday when they hosted the Alderson Broaddus Battlers Saturday afternoon in a Mountain East Conference contest.

The Lady Bobcats ended their six-game slide to start the season with an 86-73 victory.

The win was fueled behind the performance of Brittany Stawovy who scored a game-high 26 points for Wesleyan.

She also added seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks in the win.

Cierra Tolbert also helped the cause with a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Wesleyan placed five players in double digits as Symphonie Bryant-Brown added 13 points while Courtney Wilfong and Abi Gabauer each added 11.

The 86 points was a season-high for Wesleyan.

“We had a game plan and we stuck to it,” said head coach Vicky Bullett. “I told the team that we needed to collectively play together, and we did that.”

Neither team was able to pull away from each other in the first quarter as three points was the biggest lead for either squad and that belonged to Wesleyan at the 4:48 mark after Wilfong made a jumper in the paint for a 6-3 lead.

Alderson Broaddus finished the quarter on an 11-7 run for a 14-13 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Most of the second quarter was much like the first as the game remained close. A basket by Gabauer kept Wesleyan down by two, at 28-26, with two minutes left in the half.

Alderson Broaddus closed the half on a 4-0 mini run for their biggest lead of the opening 20 minutes, at six, at 32-26.

Alderson Broaddus scored the first two baskets of the third quarter for their largest advantage of the game, at 36-26.

Wesleyan dominated the rest of the quarter outscoring the Battlers by a 21-10 score.

The Lady Bobcats finally grabbed the lead once again behind a three-pointer from Bryant-Brown that treated Wesleyan to a 45-42 advantage with 1:34 left in the quarter.

Wesleyan settled for a one-point lead at the end of the quarter, leading 47-46 heading into the final canto.

The fourth quarter saw Wesleyan almost equal their output for the first three quarters as they tallied 39 points in the stanza.

Kristy Galea returned the lead to Alderson Broaddus with a lay-up to start the fourth quarter, but it would be the only lead the Battlers enjoyed in the quarter.

With the game tied at 53-53 with 5:30 remaining, Wesleyan went on an 8-0 run behind a pair of free throws by Stawovy and Gabauer, a lay-up by Bryant-Brown and a lay-up by Stawovy for a 61-53 advantage with 3:29 remaining.

A three-pointer by ABU’s Hannah Henderson brought the Battlers to within three, at 65-62 with two minutes remaining.

Wesleyan didn’t let ABU get any closer though winning the game at the free throw line.

ABU kept fouling Wesleyan in the final two minutes and the Lady Bobcats kept making their free throws, going 19-for-22 at the stripe in the final 120 seconds of the contest.

That was after going just 6-for-12 at the free throw line in the first three quarters.

“We were able to settle down in the second half at the free throw line,” noted Bullett.

The win improved Wesleyan to 1-6 overall and 1-6 in the MEC.

Alderson Broaddus dropped to 4-4 overall and 4-4 in the MEC.

Carissa Spiker paced Alderson Broaddus with 14 points while Madeline Moyer added 13.

Wesleyan was slated to travel to South Euclid, Ohio on Monday for a make-up game with Notre Dame College.

They will return to the court Wednesday when they host Wheeling at 5 p.m. in a league contest.

The boxscore:

Alderson Broaddus                                                      14  18  14  27 – 73

West Virginia Wesleyan                                               13  13  21  39 – 86

Alderson Broaddus 73

Carissa Spiker 5-8 2-2 14; Madeline Moyer 5-10 0-0 13; Hannah Henderson 4-10 0-0 9; Iyahnna Williams 3-11 2-2 8; Saniya Dorsey 3-9 0-0 8; Celeste Walters 3-4 2-2 8; Mara Jimenez Montes 3-3 0-0 6; Shay Harper 2-4 0-0 5; Kristy Galea 1-4 0-0 2; Iva Sicar 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-64 6-6 73.

West Virginia Wesleyan 86

Brittany Stawovy 7-14 10-10 27; Cierra Tolbert 4-10 8-13 16; Symphonie Bryant-Brown 3-8 6-10 13; Abi Gabauer 4-9 3-3 11; Courtney Wilfong 4-9 3-5 11; Summer Matlack 2-4 2-3 7; Malaika Kimmons 0-3 1-2 1; Taylor Dunbar 0-2 0-0 0; Imani Jackson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-59 33-46 86.

Three-point field goals – Alderson Broaddus: Moyer 3-8; Spiker 2-3; Dorsey 2-5; Harper1-3; Henderson 1-5; Galea 0-2. Totals 9-26; West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 3-7; Matlack 1-1; Bryant-Brown 1-1; Wilfong 0-1; Dunbar 0-1; Gabauer 0-2. Totals 5-13.

Rebounds – Alderson Broaddus: Henderson 12; Walters 8; Jimenez Montes 6; team 4; Williams 3; Spiker 2; Sicar 2; Moyer 2; Galea 2; Harper 1; Dorsey 1. Totals 43; West Virginia Wesleyan: Tolbert 13; Stawovy 7; team 5; Kimmons 3; Bryant-Brown 2; Wilfong 1; Dunbar 1; Jackson 1. Totals 33.

Assists – Alderson Broaddus: Henderson 7; Moyer 5; Spiker 2; Dorsey 2; Walters 2; Williams 1. Totals 19; West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 5; Wilfong 3; Matlack 3; Tolbert 1; Bryant-Brown 1. Totals 13.

Steals – Alderson Broaddus: Moyer 3; Harper 1; Walters 1. Totals 5; West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabauer 4; Stawovy 3; Tolbert 3; Wilfong 3; Kimmons 1; Bryant-Brown 1. Totals 15.

Blocked shots – Alderson Broaddus: Walters 2; Henderson 1; Jimenez Montes 1; Galea 1. Totals 5; West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 2. Totals 2.

Turnovers -- Alderson Broaddus: 26; West Virginia Wesleyan: 13.

Personal fouls – Alderson Broaddus: 36; West Virginia Wesleyan: 11.

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