Lady ‘Cats tumble to Charleston but rebound to beat State

Abi Gabauer (24) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats pops in a jumper over a West Virginia State defender during the second-half of their Mountain East Conference outing Saturday afternoon at Rockefeller Center. Gabauer scored 10 points and had four rebounds as the Lady’ Cats knocked off West Virginia State, 67-61.

CHARLESTON – Little went right for the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats in their 79-36 road setback to the league-leading University of Charleston Golden Eagles Thursday night in Mountain East Conference action, but the mark of a good team is how they respond to adversity.

Head coach Vicky Bullett and her Lady Bobcats shook off the nightmarish loss and came back to defeat the visiting West Virginia State Yellow Jackets Saturday by a 67-61 score in a conference clash at Rockefeller Center.

The split left the Lady Bobcats with a 4-9 record overall and a 4-6 MEC mark.

In Thursday’s match-up with Charleston, the Lady ‘Cats never led in the contest.

They were down early by a 9-2 sore but cut it to two points after Abi Gabauer unleashed a 3-pointer at the first-quarter buzzer, making it an 11-9 game.

Summer Matlack scored a lay-up with 1:27 ticked off the second-quarter clock to deadlock the game at 11-11, but it was the only basket Wesleyan could muster the rest of the half.

Charleston went on a 14-0 run to take a 25-11 led at the break.

A Carrie Barnett lay-up closed it to 25-13 for Wesleyan, but Charleston outscored the Lady ‘Cats by a 25-8 score the rest of the way for a 50-21 advantage heading into the final quarter.

Charleston’s biggest lead of the game was the final score, at 43 points.

Gabauer was the only player to reach double digits for the Lady ‘Cats as she scored 10.

Brooklyn Pannell led Charleston with 24 while Raziyah Farrington scored 18.

Charleston improved their record to 14-1 and remained a perfect 9-0 in league play.

Saturday’s result was much different for the Lady ‘Cats but they had to battle the pesky Yellow Jackets to earn the win.

The Yellow Jackets stormed out to a 9-0 lead but Alex Szelong scored on a jumper that led to seven straight points for Wesleyan as they closed the gap to 9-7 with 3:33 left in the opening quarter.

A Matlack lay-up tied the game at 11-11 and Barnett uncorked a trey to give Wesleyan their first lead, at 14-11, with 36 seconds to go in the first quarter.

Wesleyan led 16-14 at the end of the first quarter.

The Yellow Jackets reclaimed the lead at 19-16, but Wesleyan scored six straight capped off by a Gaubauer jumper to make it a 22-19 contest.

Wesleyan held the lead the rest of the half and increased to 13 at the half on a Tyra Hughes 3-pointer.

The Lady ‘Cats led at the break, 36-23.

A 3-pointer by Brittany Stawovy gave Wesleyan a 17-point lead, at 47-30, with 4:58 left in the third, but West Virginia State whittled the lead down to 12 heading into the final quarter, at 54-42.

The Yellow Jackets came out and went on a 16-3 run to start the fourth closing the gap to just one, at 58-57, with 5:22 left, but Szelong gave Wesleyan a little breathing room with a jumper to make it a 60-57 contest.

A 3-pointer by Charlinda Colbert tied the game at 60-60 and a free throw by Alexandra Jackson gave the Yellow Jackets a 61-60 lead with 2:50 remaining.

Stawovy knocked down at jumper at the 1:28 mark and Gabauer hit one with 35 seconds left as Wesleyan retook the lead at 64-61.

Anesha Harmon’s 3-point attempt came up short for West Virginia State with 19 seconds remaining as Nicole Gilyard came up with the rebound.

Matlack made one of two at the line to increase the lead for Wesleyan to 65-61, and after a Wesleyan steal by Stawovy, she was fouled with three seconds left.

She closed out the game and the win for Wesleyan knocking down both free throws.

Szelong led the Lady Bobcats in scoring with 19 points while Stawovy came off the bench to score 13.

Charity Shears led the Yellow Jacket offense with 12 points.

West Virginia State dropped to 4-12 overall and 3-7 in the MEC.

The Lady Bobcats will return to action Wednesday when they host the Shepherd Rams at 5:45 p.m.

The boxscore:

Wesleyan                     9  2  10  15 – 36

Charleston                   11  14  25  29 – 79

West Virginia Wesleyan 36

Abi Gabauer 4-10 0-0 10, Nicole Gilyard 2-5 0-0 4, Tyra Hughes 1-2 2-2 4, Summer Matlack 1-4 0-0 2, Alex Szelong 0-4 0-0 0, Anastasiya Karaivanova 2-3 3-3 7, Malaika Kimmons 2-6 0-0 4, Carrie Barnett 1-6 1-2 3, Brittany Stawovy 1-8 0-0 2, Mykenzie Martin 0-2 0-0 0, Corin Todd 0-2 0-0 0, Cydney Lapczynski 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 14-52 2-20 36.

Charleston 79

Brooklyn Pannell 9-17 1-2 24, Raziyah Farrington 8-12 2-2 18, Anna Hayton 2-7 2-2 6, Gracie Roberts 1-1 2-2 4, Jordin Spears 0-0 0-0 0, Mackenzie Loos 2-3 4-4 10, Dionna Sanders 3-5 0-0 6, Malauna Campbell 1-1 1-1 4, Janesha Johnson 1-1 0-0 3, Aloneet Durden 1-1 0-0 2, Ambrea Williams 0-0 2-2 2, Nala Terry 0-0 0-0 0, Rachel Neff 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-48 14-16 79.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabauer 2-3, Hughes 0-1, Matlack 0-1, Kimmons 0-1, Martin 0-1, Todd 0-1, Szelong 0-3, Barnett 0-3, Stawovy 0-6. Totals 2-20; Charleston:

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 6, Szelong 5, Karaivanova 5, Todd 3, Hughes 2, Stawovy 2, Gagauer 1, Kimmons 1, team 3; Charleston:

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Matlack 3, Hughes 2, Gabauer 1, Szelong 1, Stawovy 1, Todd 1. Totals 9; Charleston:

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Szelong 4, Kimmons 2, Gabauer 1, Gilyard 1, Matlack 1, Barnett 1, Todd 1. Totals 11; Charleston:

Blocked shots – West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 1, Szelong 1, Stawovy 1. Totals 3; Charleston: Roberts 1, Spears 1, Durden 1. Totals 3.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 19; Charleston: 21.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 25; Charleston: 17.

West Virginia State 14  9  19  19 – 61

Wesleyan                     16  20  18  13 – 67

West Virginia State 61

Charity Shears 4-15 0-0 12, Lyrin Hatcher 4-8 3-4 11, Amari Grace 3-6 0-0 9, Payton Shears 2-5 0-0 4, Seirra Womack 1-4 0-0 3, Alexandria Jackson 3-7 1-2 9, Rebecca Burghardt 2-4 0-0 4, Charlinda Colbert 1-2 1-2 4, Chloe Cheresne 1-3 0-0 3, Anesha Harmon 1-5 0-0 2, Anna Ross 0-1 0-0 0, Kalia Cunningham 0-0 0-0 0, Denisha Bowman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-60 5-8 61.

West Virginia Wesleyan 67

Szelong 6-12 6-6 19, Gabauer 3-14 4-4 10, Matlack 3-9 1-3 8, Gilyard 1-8 3-4 5, Hughes 1-4 0-0 3, Stawovy 4-13 2-2 13, Barnett 3-4 0-0 7, Layeni 1-3 0-0 2, Karaivanova 0-1 0-0 0, Martin 0-1 0-0 0, Kimmons 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-70 16-19 67.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia State: C. Shears 4-14, Grace 3-6, Jackson 2-4, Colbert 1-1, Cheresne 1-2, Womack 1-3, P. Shears 0-3, Harmon 0-3, Burghardt 0-2. Totals 12-38. West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 3-8, Barnett 1-1, Szelong 1-3, Hughes 1-4, Matlack 1-5, Gabauer 0-3. Totals 7-24.

Rebounds – West Virginia State: Hatcher 8, Jackson 4, Harmon 4, C. Shears 3, P. Shears 3, Bowman 3, Grace 2, Womack 2, Ross 2, Colbert 1, Cunningham 1, team 7. Totals 40; West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 12, Szelong 8, Stawovy 7, Gabauer 4, Matlack 3, Kimmons 3, Hughes 2, Barnett 2, Layeni 2, Karaivanova 2, team 5. Totals 50.

Assists – West Virginia State: C. Shears 4, Jackson 4, Harmon 3, P. Shears 1, Colbert 1, Cheresne 1, Cunningham 1, Bowman 1. Totals 16; West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 4, Gilyard 4, Gabauer 3, Matlack 3, Hughes 2, Szelong 1, Layeni 1. Totals 18.

Steals – West Virginia State: Hatcher 2, Jackson 2, C. Shears 1, Womack 1, Burghardt 1, Harmon 1. Totals 8; West Virginia Wesleyan: Gabauer 4, Stawovy 4, Gilyard 3, Szelong 2, Barnett 2, Matlack 1. Totals 16.

Blocked shots – West Virginia State: Bowman 1; West Virginia Wesleyan: Gilyard 1. Totals 1.

Personal fouls – West Virginia State: 23; West Virginia Wesleyan: 10.

Turnovers – West Virginia State: 24; West Virginia Wesleyan: 19.


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