Lady 'Cats Falter Against West Liberty in 86-66 Contest

Lady 'Cats Falter Against West Liberty in 86-66 Contest

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats put four players in double digits against the West Liberty University Hilltoppers in their Mountain East Conference contest tonight, but they dropped an 86-66 decision.

Mari Stewart came off the bench to score a team-high 19 points while Lana Long and Stacy Remer both had 12 points and Tara Goldman tallied 10.

Down 7-4 early, Long and Remer both made jumpers to give Wesleyan their first lead at 8-7.

Following a basket by West Liberty, Rachel Vandertoolen popped in a short jumper as Wesleyan held a 10-9 lead with 4:02 left in the first quarter.

West Liberty closed the opening quarter on a 9-4 run to take an 18-14 advantage after 10 minutes of action.

Down 23-16, the Lady Bobcats scored four straight from the free throw line to make it a 23-20 game with 2:19 gone for the second-quarter clock.

Wesleyan couldn't get any closer than three points as West Liberty took a 45-37 advantage into the intermission.

Stewart started the second half with a jumper and Remer scored from inside the paint as Wesleyan narrowed the gap to four, at 45-41.

West Liberty scored the next five before Brittney Allen made a three-pointer, the only trey during the game for Wesleyan, to cut it to 50-44.

Stewart followed with an inside basket to bring Wesleyan back to within four, at 50-46, with 6:34 left in the third quarter.

West Liberty scored eight of the next nine points to take a 58-47 lead at the 3:57 mark of the third quarter.

The Hilltoppers still led by 11 at the end of the third quarter by a 67-56 score.

West Liberty put the game away early in the fourth quarter as they made three straight three-pointers to take a 20-point lead, at 76-56.

Wesleyan was never able to get closer than 16 points the rest of the way.

The Lady Bobcats shot the ball at a 42.4 percent clip as they made 25 of their 59 field goals.

Goldman had a team-high six rebounds.

The loss dropped Wesleyan to 4-7 overall and 4-4 in the MEC.

Wesleyan will return to action this Saturday when they visit the University of Charleston in a league outing.

The contest is set for 1 p.m.

Pictured is forward Susan Meyer.