Offensive woes plague Lady ‘Cat cagers in 80-43 road setback to Hilltoppers

Abi Gabauer

WEST LIBERTY – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats had their lowest offensive output of the season in an 80-43 setback to the West Liberty Hilltoppers Sunday afternoon in a Mountain East Conference contest.

Wesleyan entered the game 11th out of 12 MEC teams in scoring offense at 66.2 points per game but hit rock bottom with the 43-point effort.

Their previous low was 50 points in a Jan. 23 loss to Charleston.

Wesleyan failed to have any player reach double digits as Abi Gabauer came off the bench to score a team-high nine points while Courtney Wilfong and Cierra Tolbert each added eight points.

Wesleyan never led in the contest and fell behind early by a 10-2 score before Wilfong made a lay-up keeping Wesleyan down by six, at 10-4, with five minutes gone in the opening quarter.

A jumper by Wilfong pulled Wesleyan to within four, at 15-11 with a minute remaining, but West Liberty closed the first 10 minutes with a 5-0 run for a 20-11 lead heading into the second quarter.

Wesleyan saw their deficit grow to as many as 19 late in the second quarter but Brittany Stawovy closed the half with a jumper making it a 39-22 contest at the intermission.

Wesleyan managed just six points in the third quarter getting outscored by a 19-6 margin.

Tolbert started the third quarter with a jumper, but West Liberty went on a 10-0 run for a 49-24 advantage.

A lay-up by Wilfong made it a 51-28 contest but West Liberty closed on a 7-0 run for a 58-28 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Wesleyan’s biggest deficit in the fourth quarter was 39 points.

Wesleyan shot just 34.6 percent for the game (18-for-52) and was 0-for-5 from behind the three-point arc.

West Liberty put four players in double digits with two players earning double-doubles. Olivia Belknap led the way with 17 points while Audrey Tingle and Arriana Manzay each had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Karly McCutcheon added 13 points for West Liberty.

West Liberty shot 51.5 percent for the game (34-for-66) and out rebounded Wesleyan by a 45-32 margin.

West Liberty improved to 4-6 overall and 4-6 in the MEC.

Wesleyan, who had won two of their last three, dropped to 2-8 overall and 2-8 in the conference.

The Lady Bobcats will return to action Wednesday when they visit Davis & Elkins for a 5 p.m. conference outing.

The boxscore:

W. Va. Wesleyan    11  11  6  15 – 43

West Liberty         20  19  19  22 – 80

West Virginia Wesleyan 43

Abi Gabauer 3-7 3-4 9; Courtney Wilfong 3-8 2-2 8; Cierra Tolbert 4-11 0-0 8; Tamera Maple 3-6 3-4 6; Brittany Stawovy 2-9 0-0 4; Malaika Kimmons 1-4 1-4 3; Summer Matlack 1-1 0-0 2; Ariana Harmon 1-2 0-0 2; Symphonie Bryant-Brown 0-3 1-2 1; Taylor Dunbar 0-0 0-2 0; Kamryn Williamson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-52 7-14 43.

West Liberty 80

Olivia Belkanp 7-16 1-2 17; Audrey Tingle 7-8 0-2 15; Arriana Manzay 6-9 3-5 15; Karly McCutcheon 5-13 0-0 13; Grace Faulk 3-9 0-0 7; Lindsay Humbel 3-4 0-0 6; Jaclyn Kitts 2-5 1-2 5; Tasia Staunton 1-2 0-0 2; Sydney Reed 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-66 80.

Three-point field goals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 0-3; Maple 0-2. Totals 0-5; West Liberty: McCutcheon 3-6; Belknap 2-6; Tingle 1-1; Faulk 1-5; Kitts 0-2. Totals 7-20.

Rebounds – West Virginia Wesleyan: Tolbert 7; Kimmons 6; Gabauer 6; Stawovy 5; Wilfong 3; team 3; Dunbar 2. Totals 32; West Liberty: Tingle 10; Manzay 10; Belknap 5; team 5; Kitts 4; Faulk 3; McCutcheon 3; Humbel 2; Reed 2; Staunton 1. Totals 45.

Assists – West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 4; Wilfong 3; Matlack 2; Bryant-Brown 2; Kimmons 1. Totals 12; West Liberty: Tingle 9; Belknap 7; Kitts 5; Reed 3; Faulk 2. Totals 26.

Steals – West Virginia Wesleyan: Kimmons 2; Matlack 2; Wilfong 1; Tolbert 1; Stawovy 1; Gabauer 1; Williamson 1. Totals. 9; West Liberty: Manzay 2; Faulk 2; Kitts 2; Belknap 1; Tingle 1; McCutcheon 1; Humbel 1. Totals 10.

Blocks – West Virginia Wesleyan: Stawovy 1; Gabauer 1. Totals 2; West Liberty: Manzay 1; Kitts 1. Totals 2.

Turnovers – West Virginia Wesleyan: 19; West Liberty: 12.

Personal fouls – West Virginia Wesleyan: 12; West Liberty: 14.

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