Stewart’s late jumper lifts Lady ’Cats to MEC victory over West Liberty

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BUCKHANNON — Mari Stewart’s jumper in the final seconds lifted West Virginia Wesleyan to an 81-79 win over West Liberty on Thursday night at the Rockefeller Center.

With the game tied for the 11th time at 79-79 after a layup by Marissa Brown with 16 seconds left, the Tara Goldman gathered an offensive rebound and found open, and Stewart drained the 17-foot jumper to give the Lady Bobcats the win.

Stewart finished the night with 15 points to go with 11 rebounds. Victoria Jackson had a team-best 18 points, Goldman finished with 14 points and six boards, Brittany Stawovy notched 10 points and Stacy Remar posted eight points and handed out seven assists.

Brown had a game-high 34 points and nine rebounds to lead the Hilltoppers. Audrey Tingle dished out 12 assists and had a pair of steals.

On Saturday, Mariah Callen’s driving layup in the final minute secured a 81-78 win for Wheeling Jesuit over the Lady Bobcats.

Trailing by a point, Callen drove to the right and was able to finish the layup in the paint. A WVWC jumper from the corner would not go down and Burnes was able to make free throws on the other end to secure the win

Callen finished with 31 points on senior night and also had nine rebounds and seven assists. Burns added 17 points.

Abi Gabauer netted 24 points for Wesleyan and Stewart added 21 points and eight rebounds.

The Lady Bobcats (8-18, 6-14 MEC) will host Fairmont State at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

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