Lady ‘Cats commit 35 turnovers in loss to No. 20 Glenville State

Nicole Gilyard

GLENVILLE – Committing 35 turnovers in a basketball game is never good.

Making that many against the No. 20 team in the nation makes it even worse and that was the case for the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats when they visited Glenville State in a Mountain East Conference game at the Waco Center.

The Lady ‘Cats ended their regular season with a 107-85 loss to the highest scoring team in Division II.

The 85 points was Wesleyan’s third-highest output of the season, but they were never able to keep pace with the up-and-down the court Lady Pioneers.

Summer Matlack gave Wesleyan their only lead with a 3-pointer 46 seconds into the game, at 3-2, but 12 first-quarter turnovers due to Glenville State’s pressing defense allowed the Lady Pioneers to race out to a 27-14 lead.

A Tyra Hughes 3-pointer to start the quarter made it a 27-17 contest, but Glenville State pushed their lead out to 15, at 36-21, with 5:39 left in the half.

Alexa Szelong scored on a lay-up, made a pair of free throws, and Hughes nailed a jumper in the paint to cap a 6-0 run and brought the deficit to single digits, at nine, at 36-27, with 4:39 left in the half.

Glenville State ramped up their offense the rest of the half, outscoring Wesleyan by a 24-8 margin for a 60-35 lead at the break.

Glenville State extended their lead out to 31, at 68-37.

Wesleyan went on a 7-0 run behind a lay-up from Victoria Jackson, two free throws by Nicole Gilyard and a 3-pointer by Brittany Stawovy to make it a 24-point game, at 68-44, with 7:19 left in the third quarter.

A pair of free throws by Amira Layeni cut the lead down to 18 for Wesleyan, at 78-60, with 3:12 left in the period, but the Lady Pioneers ended the quarter on an 8-2 run for an 85-62 lead heading into the last quarter.

Wesleyan started the fourth quarter on a 12-0 run.

Hughes unleashed a 3-pointer, Anastasiya Karaivanova scored in the paint, Hughes knocked down a jumper, Matlack made a lay-up and then turned in an old-fashioned 3-point play after getting fouled on her lay-up.

That made it an 85-74 contest with 7:52 remaining.

Glenville State responded though with a 12-0 run over the next two minutes to put Wesleyan’s dreams of an upset on hold taking a 97-74 advantage with five minutes left.

The closet Wesleyan could get in that final five minutes was 19 points.

Malaika Kimmons came off the bench to lead Wesleyan with 13 points while Gilyard scored 11 and Hughes and Jackson each had 10.

Re’Shawna Stone paced Glenville State with 20 points while Zakiyah Winfield scored 17 and Courtney Davis and Emily Stoller each had 16.

Glenville State ended their regular season with a 26-2 overall mark and a 21-1 record in the MEC.

Wesleyan closed out the year 6-19 overall and 6-16 in the MEC.

Despite losing four of their final five games, Wesleyan finished 10th in the MEC standings and will advance to the MEC post-season tournament which takes the top 10 teams.

Wesleyan will face the seventh-seed Fairmont State Lady Falcons Wednesday at noon at the WesBanco Arena.

The boxscore:

Wesleyan                    14  21  27  23 – 107

Glenville State             27  33  25  22 – 85

West Virginia Wesleyan 107

Nicole Gilyard 4-7 3-4 11, Tyra Hughes 4-7 0-0 10, Summer Matlack 3-9 1-1 8, Alexa Szelong 2-3 2-2 6, Amira Layeni 0-2 3-4 3, Malaika Kimmons 6-13 1-2 13, Victoria Jackson 3-8 4-4 10, Brittany Stawovy 3-6 0-0 9, Abi Gabauer 1-5 2-2 4, Corin Todd 2-3 0-0 4, Cydney Lapczynski 1-1 1-2 3, Mykenzie Martin 1-2 0-0 0 2,  Anastasiya Karaivanova 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 31-67 17-21 85.

Glenville State 85

Re’Shawna Stone 8-12 2-2 20, Zakiyah Winfield 7-8 1-1 17, Courtney Davis 5-12 4-6 16, Emily Stoller 6-14 2-2 16, Ty Armstrong 1-6 0-0 3, Abby Stoller 3-5 3-3 11, Donasia Scott 5-11 1-1 11, Maya Horne 1-1 3-4 5, Taylor Parker 1-5 0-0 3, Blaize Burgess 1-6 0-0 2, Taychaun Hubbard 1-4 0-0 2, Janele Price 0-3 1-2 1, Zephaniah Gray 0-0 0-0 0, Kaylee Pierce 0-0 0-0 0, Makayla Pierce 0-0 0-0 0, Alexis Wise 0-0 0-0 0, Lucille Westfall 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-87 17-21 107.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 3-5, Hughes 2-3, Matlack 1-3, Martin 0-1. Totals 6-12; Glenville State: A. Stoller 2-2, Winfield 2-3, Davis 2-4, Stone 2-6, E. Stoller 2-8, Armstrong 1-3, Parker 1-4, Scott 0-2, Hubbard 0-2, Price 0-2. Totals 12-40.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Matlack 7, Stawovy 6, Kimmons 5, Jackson 5, Szelong 4, Gabauer 3, Karaivanova 3, Gilyard 2, Layeni 2, Hughes 1 Martin 1, team 7. Totals; Glenville State: Davis 6, Scott 6, Horne 5, Winfield 3, Armstrong 3, A. Stoller 3, Hubbard 3, Price 2, E. Stoller 1, Parker 1, Westfall 1, team 6. Totals 40.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Matlack 3, Kimmons 3, Gilyard 2, Hughes 2, Jackson 2, Stawovy 2, Gabauer 2, Martin 1. Totals 17; Glenville State: Stone 3, A. Stoller 3, Horne 3, Winfield 2, Burgess 2, Davis 1, E. Stoller 1, Parker 1, Hubbard 1. Totals 17.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Hughes 4, Kimmons 2, Szelong 1, Layeni 1, Martin 1. Totals 9; Glenville State: Davis 5, A. Stoller 4, Winfield 3, Stone 2, Horne 2, Parker 1. Totals 17.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: None; Glenville State: Scott 1. Totals 1.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 16: Glenville Sate: 18.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 35; Glenville State: 18.


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