WVWC squads fall in tight games against Fairmont

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BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia Wesleyan College men’s and women’s basketball teams both dropped nailbiters to the visiting Fairmont State Falcons on Wednesday.

Women: Fairmont State 64, WVWC 63

Ozge Yarga’s free throw with 15.7 seconds left proved to be the difference as Fairmont State nipped Wesleyan, 64-63, on Wednesday night at the Rockefeller Center.

WVWC had the ball with the game tied, but Mari Stewart’s shot was blocked and Yarga came up with the loose ball and was fouled to send her to the line. After making 1-of-2, West Virginia Wesleyan set up its final possession, but couldn’t get a three from the top of the key to go down for the win.

Head coach Vicki Bullett’s squad struggled to get their shots to fall in the second half, converting on just 22 percent of their field goals after shooting 41 percent during the first two quarters.

Sierra Kotchman led the way for Fairmont State (15-12, 10-11). Brooke Kurucz contributed 14 points, six rebounds and five assists. Rachel Laskody chipped in 10 points and Kelli Jo Harrison just missed a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.

Brittany Stawovy led WVWC (7-20, 7-14) with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Stewart had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Stacy Remar had 13 points and dished out seven assists. Tara Goldman also grabbed 10 rebounds for the Lady ‘Cats.

The Lady ‘Cats will compete in their final game of the season on Saturday on their home court against Glenville with a tip-off at 2 p.m.

Women: Fairmont State 64, WVWC 63

Women: Fairmont State 64, WVWC 63

Ozge Yarga’s free throw with 15.7 seconds left proved to be the difference as Fairmont State nipped Wesleyan, 64-63, on Wednesday night at the Rockefeller Center.

WVWC had the ball with the game tied, but Mari Stewart’s shot was blocked and Yarga came up with the loose ball and was fouled to send her to the line. After making 1-of-2, West Virginia Wesleyan set up its final possession, but couldn’t get a three from the top of the key to go down for the win.

Head coach Vicki Bullett’s squad struggled to get their shots to fall in the second half, converting on just 22 percent of their field goals after shooting 41 percent during the first two quarters.

Sierra Kotchman led the way for Fairmont State (15-12, 10-11). Brooke Kurucz contributed 14 points, six rebounds and five assists. Rachel Laskody chipped in 10 points and Kelli Jo Harrison just missed a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds.

Brittany Stawovy led WVWC (7-20, 7-14) with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Stewart had a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Stacy Remar had 13 points and dished out seven assists. Tara Goldman also grabbed 10 rebounds for the Lady ‘Cats.

The Lady ‘Cats will compete in their final game of the season on Saturday on their home court against Glenville with a tip-off at 2 p.m.


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