Buckhannon, W. Va. -- Both the Men's and Women's West Virginia Wesleyan teams were defeated by the West Liberty Hilltoppers in MEC action Saturday afternoon at Rockefeller Center. The Women's match up featured Hilltoppers guard Liz Flowers pour in 37 points in the 91-79 comeback victory while the Men's game saw the Bobcats on the sore end or a 108-81 defeat.
The Wesleyan Women held a slight 40-37 edge at the intermission after Allie Browne connected on three 3-point baskets giving her 15 of her team high 23 points in the half but West Liberty's Liz Flowers led the comeback charge of a 15 point down Hilltopper team. The Bobcats' Kacey Johnson and Allyson Freiermuth would help Wesleyan extend their largest lead of the game at 37-22 before the Hilltoppers closed the half on a 15-3 run of their own bringing the game back within reach.
The second half would consist of high percentage shooting for the Hilltoppers including five Flowers 3-pointers. Four Bobcats would end up in double digits for Wesleyan but it was just not enough in the end as timely shooting would halt an attempted 'Cats comeback as Wesleyan would ultimately fall short losing 91-79.
The Men's game witnessed the MEC and Division II number one team in the country, West Liberty, shoot an unbearable 61% from the field and over 50% from behind the arc in the victory over the 'Cats. The constant pressure was met early by the Bobcats as they weathered the attacks of the Hilltoppers. The game would be tied a little past the midway pointof the first half at 30-30 before West Liberty would finally impose their pressure causing several Bobcat turnovers leading to a 10-0 run that proved to be the difference of the half as Wesleyan found themselves behind 49-39 at the break.
The Bobcats would do their best to stay in the game as Taylor Price, Brett Ervin, Aleksandar Djordjevic and Garrett Grantham would all reach double figures for the 'Cats but points off plauging turnovers and more top shooting from West Liberty simply overmatched Wesleyan. C.J. Hester led six double figure scorers for the Hilltoppers with 18 to go along with his team leading eight rebounds leading West Liberty to the handily 108-81 victory.
The loss for the Women's team brings their overall record to 2-10, 0-8 MEC and the Men fall to 9-7, 4-4 MEC. Both teams are back in action Monday as they travel to Wheeling Jesuit to do battle with the Cardinals in another MEC matchup. The Women's game begins at 5:30pm and the Men will follow.