Lady 'Cats Tumble to Urbana in League Play, 77-65

Lady 'Cats Tumble to Urbana in League Play, 77-65

URBANA (Ohio) – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats put four players in double digits and had two players record double-doubles, but they were not able to overcome the Urbana Blue Knights this evening in a Mountain East Conference outing.

Playing for the first time in two weeks after the holiday break, the Lady 'Cats dropped a 77-65 decision.

Lana Long led the Lady 'Cats with 14 points while Stacy Remer had 13 (11 rebounds), Mari Stewart put in 13 (11 rebounds) and Rachael Vandertoolen had 10.

Wesleyan raced out to a 13-6 lead after an old-fashioned three-point play by Vandertoolen with 5:40 left in the opening quarter.

Urbana went on a 10-2 run to take a 16-15 lead with 3:41 showing on the first-quarter clock.

Wesleyan's Alexa Mortenson made a jumper with 27 seconds left in the opening quarter to deadlock the game at 19-19.

In the first minute of the second quarter, Urbana opened up a 26-22 lead after a 7-3 run.

Wesleyan was forced to play catch-up the rest of the quarter.

A Long jumper with 22 seconds remaining in the half brought Wesleyan to within one, at 35-34, but Urbana's Jennifer Alflen made a basket to end the half and give the Blue Knights a 37-34 lead at the break.

Wesleyan fell behind by a 45-36 score five minutes into the third quarter but Long nailed a jumper and then two free throws to make it a 45-40 score.

Following an Urbana basket at the four-minute mark, Long made another jumper, Goldman hit a 12-footer and Remer popped in a jumper in the paint to narrow the difference to one, at 47-46, with 2:44 remaining in the third quarter.

Urbana though closed the quarter on an 11-2 run to take a 58-48 lead heading into the final quarter.

Wesleyan never got closer than eight points to Urbana in the final quarter.

The Lady Bobcats shot 38.4 percent from the floor (28-for-73) and was just 1-of-12 shooting three-pointers.

Wesleyan outrebounded Urbana by a 42-40 margin.

The loss dropped Wesleyan to 3-5 overall and 3-2 in the MEC.

Urbana improved to 3-5 overall and 1-4 in the MEC.

Wesleyan will play again Wednesday as they stay on the road for a league game with Notre Dame.

The game will tip at 5:30 p.m.