Lady Bobcats suffer 93-84 setback to West Virginia State in MEC play


BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat basketball team had their best offensive performance of the season scoring 84 points against the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets Saturday afternoon in a Mountain East Conference outing at Rockefeller Center.

The only problem for the Lady ‘Cats were they had no answer for the Yellow Jacket’s Charity Sears as she scored a game-high 38 points as West Virginia State dealt Wesleyan a 93-84 setback.

Shears’ 12 field goals were all three-pointers as she added two free throws for her 38 points.

With West Virginia Wesleyan leading early by an 11-10 score, Cydney Lapczynski put in a jumper and Nicole Gilyard scored on a fast break lay-up to put the Lady ‘Cats head by five, at 15-10.

Wesleyan held a 20-17 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Things fell apart for Wesleyan in the second quarter as they were outscored by a 26-9 margin.

The Yellow Jackets built a 14-point lead at the break, at 43-29.

Wesleyan scored the first seven points of the third quarter with Courtney Wilfong making a jumper, Abi Gabauer hitting a three-pointer and Gilyard making two free throws as the Lady ‘Cats cut the deficit to 43-36, with two minutes remaining.

After a three-pointer by Hannah Shriver for the Yellow Jackets, Gabauer made another three-pointer and Brittany Stawovy scored on a jumper to bring Wesleyan to within five, at 46-41, with three minutes gone in the third quarter.

Another three-pointer by Gabauer closed the gap to four points, at 49-45, with 4:12 remaining in the quarter.

A long-range three by Stawovy put Wesleyan back in the lead by two, at 60-58, with 35 seconds left in the quarter.

A free throw by Madison Riley made it a 60-59 game heading into the final quarter.

A three-pointer by Wilfong kept Wesleyan ahead by two, at 67-65, with 1:41 gone in the final quarter.

It was the last lead Wesleyan owned.

West Virginia State went on a 10-3 run for a 75-70 advantage with five minutes remaining.

A pair of free throws by Gilyard kept Wesleyan only down by three, at 85-82, with 1:42 left but Payton Shears hit a three-pointer to put the Yellow Jackets up by six, at 88-82.

A jumper by Gilyard cut the lead to five, at 89-84, with 18 seconds left, but the Yellow Jackets scored the final four points of the game at the free throw line.

Gabauer came off the bench for 21 points while Gilyard had 20 and Stawovy 17 for Wesleyan.

Shriver added 22 points for West Virginia State while Chloe Cheresne had 13.

West Virginia State improved to 6-8 overall and 4-4 in the MEC.

Wesleyan dropped to 3-11 overall and 1-7 in the conference.

The Lady ‘Cats will play again Wednesday when they host Concord at 5:30 p.m.

The boxscore:

West Virginia State  17  26  16  34 – 93

W. Va Wesleyan       20  9  31  24 – 84

West Virginia State 93

Charity Shears 12-19 2-4 38; Hannah Shriver 8-13 3-4 22; Chloe Cheresne 4-7 3-3 13; Sierra Womack 2-5 4-4 8; Alexis Hall 2-9 1-1 5; Payton Shears 1-4 0-0 3; Destiny Fields 1-2 1-2 3; Madison Riley 0-2 1-2 1; Milla Spann 0-2 0-0 0; Kalia Cunningham 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 30-65 15-20 93.

West Virginia Wesleyan 84

Abi Gabauer 8-14 1-1 21; Nicole Gilyard 8-16 4-6 20; Brittany Stawovy 6-16 0-0 17; Amira Layeni 3-6 1-2 8; Cydney Lapczynski 3-10 1-4 8; Courtney Wilfong 2-6 0-0 5; Malaika Kimmons 1-4 3-4 5; Imani Jackson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-73 84.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia State: C. Shears 12-18; Shriver 3-5; Cheresne 2-5; P. Shears 1-3; Spann 0-1; Riley 0-1; Cunningham 0-1; Womack 0-2; Hall 0-2. Totals 18-38; West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 5-12; Gabauer 4-9; Layeni 1-1; Wilfong 1-2; Lapczynski 1-5; Jackson 0-1. Totals 12-30.

Rebounds – West Virginia State: Shriver 5; Cheresne 5; Fields 5; Womack 4; Hall 4; Cunningham 4; C. Shears 2; P. Shears 1; Riley 1; team 1. Totals 32; West Virginia Wesleyan: Layeni 9; Kimmons 9; Gilyard 8; Stawovy 6; Wilfong 3; Gabauer 2; Lapczynski 1. Totals 38.

Assists – West Virginia State: Womack 5; Cunningham 5; Hall 4; Shriver 3; Riley 2; P. Shears 1; Spann 1; Fields 1. Totals 22; West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 5; Wilfong 5; Kimmons 5; Stawovy 4; Layeni 2; Gabauer 2; Lapczynski 1. Totals 24.

Steals – West Virginia State: C. Shears 2; Hall 2; Fields 2; Womack 1. Totals 7; West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 3; Gabauer 2; Stawovy 1; Layeni 1; Lapczynski 1; Wilfong 1; Kimmons 1. Totals 10.

Blocked shots – West Virginia State: Cheresne 1; Fields 1. Totals 2; West Virginia Wesleyan:

Turnovers – West Virginia State: 17; West Virginia Wesleyan: 15.

Personal fouls – West Virginia State: 15; West Virginia Wesleyan 20.

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