Lady ‘Cats down Shepherd for first win of season

Abi Gabauer (24), shown here in an earlier contest, led the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats to their first win of the season Wednesday evening on the road against the Shepherd Rams. The sophomore forward scored a game-high 19 points to help Wesleyan to the victory.

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Abi Gabauer scored 19 points and Victoria Jackson came off the bench to score 15 points to lead the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats to their first win of the year – a 62-51 victory over the Shepherd Rams at the Butcher Center.

The only time Wesleyan trailed in the game was in the first minute after Shepherd put in the first basket of the game.

A 3-pointer by Gabauer 20 seconds later gave Wesleyan a 3-2 lead and they would never relinquish it.

Nicole Gilyard made a jumper to give Wesleyan a 10-4 lead but the Rams closed the quarter on a 4-0 run to make it a 10-8 contest after 10 minutes of action.

Shepherd closed the score to 16-15, but Wesleyan scored six straight on an old-fashioned three-point play by Jackson and then Brittany Stawovy unleashed a regular trey to give the Lady Bobcats a 22-15 advantage with 4:41 remaining in the half.

Stawovy hit another three right before the half to treat Wesleyan to a 29-20 advantage at the intermission.

Gabauer scored a lay-up and then followed that with a jumper to start the third quarter and extend Wesleyan’s lead to 13, at 33-20.

With Wesleyan ahead by a 38-28 score, the Lady Bobcats scored the next eight points with Gabauer downing a jumper, Jackson going in the paint for consecutive lay-ups and Tyra Hughes flipping in a jumper to treat Wesleyan to a 46-28 lead with 2:26 left in the quarter.

Wesleyan maintained a 15-point lead at the end of the quarter, at 48-33.

Shepherd chipped away at the Lady Bobcat lead, getting it down to three-points following a pair of free throws by Marley McLaughlin, at 53-50, with 2:37 left in the game.

Jackson put the game in her hands for the next 30 seconds.

She scored on a lay-up to make it a 55-50 game and then had a steal and was fouled on the play.

She calmly drained two free throws to increase the Wesleyan lead back to seven at 57-50, with 1:53 left.

Wesleyan tacked on five more three throws to up their lead to 62-50 before Shepherd ended the game with a free throw.

Wesleyan shot 42.9 percent from the field making good on 23 of their 56 shots.

They were 11-for-19 (57.9 percent) from the free-throw line.

The Lady Bobcat defense forced Shepherd into 20 turnovers and scored 12 points off those turnovers.

Shepherd was led by Kayla Tibbs who scored 14 points.

Shepherd saw their record fall to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the MEC.

Wesleyan improved to 1-4 overall and 1-2 in the MEC.

The Lady Bobcats will return to action Saturday when they host Fairmont State at 2 p.m.

The boxscore:

West Va. Wesleyan 10  19  19  14 – 62

Shepherd                       8  12  13  18 – 51

West Virginia Wesleyan 62

Abi Gabauer 8-13 1-4 19, Brittany Stawovy 4-11 0-0 11, Nicole Gilyard 1-4 5-10 7, Tyra Hughes 1-9 0-0 2, Alexa Szelong 1-4 0-0 2, Victoria Jackson 6-9 3-3 15, A. Karaivanova 2-4 2-2 6, Mykenzie Martin 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-56 11-19 62

Shepherd 51

Kayla Tibbs 6-15 0-0 14, Kari Lankford 0-7 9-10 9, Liz Moormann 3-7 2-3 8, Marley McLaughlin 0-5 5-6 5, Sydney Clayton 2-5 1-1 5, Lauren Reed 2-8 0-0 6, Hannah Myers 1-2 1-2 3, Lindsey Bedregal 0-2 1-2 1, Madi White 0-0 0-0 0, TaRaessha Henderson 0-0 0-0 0, Angela DeLorenzo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-51 19-24 51.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 3-7, Gabauer 2-4, Szelong 0-2, Martin 0-2, Hughes 0-6. Totals 5-21; Shepherd: Reed 2-7, Tibbs 2-10, Bedregal 0-2, McLaughlin 0-3. Totals 4-22.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabauer 7, Gilyard 7, Szelong 7, Jackson 6, Stawovy 4, Karaivanova 3, Martin 2, Hughes 1, Team 6. Totals 43; Shepherd: Clayton 8, Tibbs 4, Myers 4, McLaughlin 3, White 3, Lankford 2, Moormann 2, Reed 1, Team 6. Totals 33.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Hughes 8, Szelong 2, Stawovy 2, Gilyard 1, Jackson 1. Totals 14; Shepherd: Lankford 5, McLaughlin 1, Clayton 1, White 1. Totals 8.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Jackson 3, Gabauer 2, Stawovy 2, Hughes 2, Gilyard 1, Szelong 1. Totals 11; Shepherd: Myers 2, Clayton 2, Tibbs 1, Lankford 1, McLaughlin 1, Reed 1, Bedregal 1. Totals 9.

Blocks – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabauer 3, Karaivanova 2, GIlyard 1. Totals 6; Shepherd: Clayton 3, Reed 1, Myers 1. Totals 5.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 18; Shepherd:19.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 18; Shepherd: 20.


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