Lady ‘Cat offense goes from hot to cold in 80-33 tournament loss to Notre Dame

Summer Matlack

WHEELING – Just two days prior to their Mountain East Conference quarterfinal tournament match-up with Notre Dame on Wednesday afternoon at the Wesbanco Arena in Wheeling, the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats lit up the scoreboard in their first-round tournament clash with West Virginia State scoring 100 points.

It was the highest point total for the Lady ‘Cats of the season.

As hot as the offense was in that outing, that is how cold they were against Notre Dame scoring just 33 points in an 80-33 setback.

Wesleyan set all kinds of tournament records that they probably didn’t want in the loss, including tying for the fewest made field goals in a game (15), fewest made three-point field goals (1), fewest made free throws (2) and lowest free throw percentage (.333, 2-of-6).

The final score is even more baffling when you factor in that Wesleyan hung with the top seed from the North Division in the regular season with a 76-66 loss and entered the game on a three-game winning streak.

“We did our best,” remarked West Virginia Wesleyan head coach Vicky Bullett. “Well, that wasn't our best, but hats off to the season we had. We had very little time to prepare for a good team like Notre Dame.”

Notre Dame brought the pressure early in the contest as Wesleyan failed to score in the first 4:32 of the game.

Notre Dame built an 11-0 lead before Courtney Wilfong popped in a jumper in the paint for Wesleyan’s first points at the 5:28 mark.

Cierra Tolbert darted inside for a lay-up for Wesleyan making it a 19-6 game, but Notre Dame scored the final five points of the quarter for a 24-6 lead.

Wesleyan managed just nine points in the second quarter and trailed at the half by 32, at 47-15.

Notre Dame extended their lead to 39 points at the end of the third quarter with a 66-27 advantage.

Things didn’t get any better for Wesleyan in the final quarter as they managed just six points, a jumper by Ariana Harmon, two free throws by Tolbert, and a jumper by Symphonie Bryant-Brown.

Notre Dame’s aggressive defense forced 24 Lady Bobcat turnovers and Notre Dame came up with 31 points off those miscues.

“I don't think their pressure was any different than what we've seen from Glenville or West Virginia State the other night,” stated Bullett. “We just didn't cut hard and handle it like we should have.”

Wesleyan didn’t get a player in double digits as Summer Matlack led the offense with nine points while Tolbert added eight points.

Notre Dame was led by Marina Adachi and her 25 points.

West Virginia Wesleyan ended the year with a 6-11 mark.

Notre Dame improved to 14-3 and will play Glenville State today in the semifinals at 2 p.m.

Charleston and Wheeling will square in the other semifinal contest Saturday at 11 a.m.

The boxscore:

W. Va. Wesleyan        6  9  12  6 – 33

Notre Dame                24  23  19  14 – 80

West Virginia Wesleyan 33

Summer Matlack 4-9 0-0 9; Cierra Tolbert 3-7 2-4 8; Brittany Stawovy 1-9 0-0 2; Courtney Wilfong 1-5 0-0 2; Malaika Kimmons 1-9 0-0 2; Symphonie Bryant-Brown 1-4 0-0 2; Abi Gabauer 1-6 0-0 2; Ariana Harmon 1-3 0-0 2; Tamera Maple 1-2 0-2 2; Imani Jackson 1-2 0-0 2; Taylor Dunbar 0-1 0-0 0; Kamryn Williamson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-58 2-6 33.

Notre Dame 80

Marina Adachi 8-11 3-4 25; Jada Marone 3-7 4-5 10; Amil Ali-Shakir 3-5 4-4 10; Jennifer Oduo 4-10 1-2 9; Tamia Ridley 4-6 0-0 8; Willow White 3-5 0-0 7; Theresa Parr 2-4 0-0 4; Julie Kemp 1-4 0-0 2; Lizzie Imrie 0-2 2-2 2; Nadia Jackson 1-2 0-0 2; Abby Hatter 0-2 1-2 1; Shay Davidson 0-0 0-0 0; Alyssa Wright 0-1 0-0 0; Emma Martcheva 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-59 15-19 80.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Matlack 1-2; Maple 0-1; Gabauer 0-2; Bryant-Brown 0-2; Stawovy 0-4. Totals 1-11; Notre Dame: Adachi 6-7; White 1-2; Ali-Shakir 0-1; Oduho 0-1; Imrie 0-1; Jackson 0-1; Hatter 0-1; Marone 0-2. Totals 7-16.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Kimmons 8; Tolbert 6; team 5; Wilfong 3; Matlack 2; Gabauer 2; Dunbar 2; Stawovy 1; Bryant-Brown 1; Harmon 1; Williamson 1. Totals 33; Notre Dame: Marone 8; Ridley 8; team 7; Parr 5; Oduho 5; Ali-Shakir 4; Adachi 2; Martcheva 2; Kemp 1; Imrie 1. Totals 43.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 3; Matlack 1; Wilfong 1; Maple 1. Totals 6; Notre Dame Marone 4; Ali-Shakir 2; Adachi 1; Parr 1; White 1; Imrie 1. Totals 10.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 3; Gabauer 2; Matlack 1; Kimmons 1; Dunbar 1. Totals 8; Notre Dame: Marone 5; White 3; Adachi 2; Kemp 2; Ali-Shakir 1; Parr 1; Wright 1; Martcheva 1. Totals 16.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Tolbert 2; Stawovy 1. Totals 3l Notre Dame: Ali-Shakir 2. Totals 2.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 23; Notre Dame: 15.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 13; Notre Dame: 13.

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