Lady ‘Cats drop 73-54 decision to UVa.-Wise


WISE (Va.) – Despite a solid first quarter, the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats were never able to get in gear after that dropping a 73-54 decision on the road to UVa.-Wise in Mountain East Conference play Wednesday evening.

The Lady Bobcats led by a 19-16 score after one quarter but UVa.-Wise dominated the game the rest of the way outscoring Wesleyan by a 57-35 count.

The loss was the third in a row for head coach Vickey Bullet’s club as they dropped to 4-12 overall and 4-9 in the MEC.

The Lady ‘Cats were down 7-3 early but Kiara Rodriguez scored on a lay-up and Tyra Hughes unleashed a 3-pointer to put Wesleyan ahead for the first time, at 8-7, with 4:41 left in the opening quarter.

UVa.-Wise took the lead back at 12-11 but Hughes sliced inside for a lay-up and Alexa Szelong uncorked a trey to give Wesleyan a 16-12 lead.

A Summer Matlack 3-pointer gave Wesleyan a 19-14 advantage before Hannah Oliver ended the quarter with a lay-up for UVa.-Wise.

An Abi Grabauer lay-up pushed the Wesleyan lead to seven, at 25-18, with 2:21 gone in the second quarter but things went south for the Lady ‘Cats after that.

Wesleyan went five minutes without a point as UVa.-Wise went on a 9-0 for a 27-25 lead.

Hughes finally scored a lay-up for Wesleyan with 2:40 left in the half to make it a 27-27 game.

UVa.-Wise led at the half by a 33-31 score.

UVa-Wise used an 8-0 run to start the second half for a 41-31 advantage and it was a lead they would never return to Wesleyan.

Brittany Stawovy nailed a trey to stop the run for Wesleyan, but UVa.-Wise took their lead up to 13, at 50-37, with two minutes remaining in the third quarter.

The Lady ‘Cats were down by 10 heading into the final quarter, 51-41.

A fast break jumper by Hughes cut the lead down to eight for Wesleyan with 6:47 remaining, at 58-50, but Wesleyan only scored four points the remainder of the game as they lost a 73-54 decision.

Wesleyan shot just 30.4 percent for the game hitting on 21 of their 69 field goal attempts.

Stawovy and Gabauer each had 10 points for Wesleyan while Gilyard hauled down a team-best 10 rebounds.

Janice Ladson scored a game-high 15 points to lead UVa.-Wise while Ada Stanley had 13 and Cynita Webb 12.

UVa.-Wise improved to 9-10 overall and 7-6 in the MEC.

Wesleyan will be back in action Saturday when they host Concord at 2 p.m. in another conference contest.

The boxscore:

Wesleyan                 19  12  10  13 – 54

UVa.-Wise               16  17  18  22 – 73

West Virginia Wesleyan 54

Alexa Szleong 3-7 0-0 8, Nicole Gilyard 2-7 0-0 4, Kiara Rodriguez 1-3 2-4 4, Summer Matlack 1-2 0-0 3, Carrie Barnett 0-5 0-0 0, Abi Gabauer 3-9 4-4 10, Brittany Stawovy 4-6 0-0 10, Tyra Hughes 4-16 0-0 9, Armia Layeni 2-8 0-0 4, Victoria Jackson 1-6 0-0 2, Cydney Lapczyski 0-0 0-0 0, Mykenzie Martin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-69 17-23 54.

UVa.-Wise 73

Janice Ladson 5-8 5-6 15, Cynita Webb 3-10 6-6 12, Kalee Johnson 3-10 3-3 9, Hanna Oliver 3-8 1-2 8, Nokomis Williams 1-3 2-2 4, Ada Stanley 6-9 0-0 13, Ashley Cullen 1-2 2-2 5, Mackenzie King 1-4 1-2 3, Judy Cummings 1-3 0-0 2, Dakotah Turner 1-2 0-0 2, Adalmaryz Gomez 0-1 0-0 0, Catrina Woods 0-1 0-0 0, Alle Moore 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-61 20-23 73.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan:  Szelong 2-4, Stawovy 2-4, Matlack 1-1, Hughes 1-6, Barnett 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Gabauer 0-1. Totals 6-18; UVa.-Wise: Stanley 1-1, Cullen  1-1, Oliver 1-6, Ladson 0-1, Cummings 0-1, King 0-2, Johnson 0-3. Totals 3-15.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 10, Szelong 7, Gabauer 5, Barnett 4, Hughes 3, Rodriguez 2, Matlack 2, Stawovy 1, Jackson 1, team 5. Totals 40; UVa.-Wise: Webb 14, Williams 6, Ladson 5, Johnson 5, King 4, Stanley 3, Oliver 2, Gomez 2, Cullen 1, Cummings 1, Moore 1, team 3. Totals 47.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 4, Matlack 3, Stawovy 3,  Szelong 1, Hughes 1, Jackson 1. Totals 13; UVa.-Wise: Webb 3, Oliver 3, Williams 2, Ladson 1, Johnson 1, King 1, Moore 1. Totals 12.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Hughes 2, Jackson 2, Szelong 1, Gabauer 1, Layeni. Totals 7; UVa.-Wise: Johnson 2, Oliver 2, Webb 1. Totals 5.

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 2, Rodriguez 2, Gabauer 1. Totals 5; UVa.-Wise: Williams 3, Oliver 1, Ladson 1. Totals 5.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 23; UVa.-Wise: 13.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 16; UVa.-Wise: 14.


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