Lady ’Cats drop home tilt to State, garner win at UC

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BUCKHANNON – Aurreshae Hines poured in 27 points to lead West Virginia State to a 75-69 win over West Virginia Wesleyan Saturday afternoon in Mountain East Conference play at the Rockeller Center.

The Yellow Jackets forced 15 Lady Bobcat turnovers while committing none of their own over the course of the contest. 

Wesleyan led by as many as 12 points in the second quarter and hung on to a 39-36 advantage at the half before West Virginia State’s Jordan Miller hit a 3-pointer with 4:55 on the clock in the third to give the Yellow Jackets the lead for good.

Mari Stewart drained 24 points and hauled in 18 rebounds for the Lady Bobcats (7-15, 5-11 MEC). 

Alexa Szelong added 18, followed by Brittany Stawovy with 12.

Jordan Miller chipped in 16 points for West Virginia State (9-13, 9-7 MEC) with Amari Grace scoring 12. 

The Yellow Jackets shot 47 percent from the floor while holding the Lady Bobcats to a 35 percent shooting percentage over the course of the contest.

On Thursday night, Wesleyan carried a 27-10 lead into the halftime break and survived a late run by Charleston to take home a 47-44 MEC win .

The Lady Bobcats led by as many as nine points, at 39-30, as late as the 6:35 mark in the fourth quarter before a 7-1 run by the Golden Eagles left Wesleyan clinging to a 41-40 lead with 1:26 left to play.

Mari Stewart’s jumper followed by two made free throws gave the Lady Bobcats some breathing room. Octavia Loll hit a layup with five seconds on the clock for Charleston to cut the deficit to three points, but the Golden Eagles ran out of time in the comeback effort.

Stewart paced Wesleyan with 10 points and seven rebounds. Stacy Remer chipped in 10 in the win with Tara Goldman hauling in 11 boards over the course of the contest.

Brooklyn Pannell scored 16 points for Charleston (9-11, 6-9) in the loss. Dionna Sanders and Anna Hayon each notched eight rebounds.

The Lady Bobcats will return to action at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Urbana for another MEC contest.

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