INSTITUTE – The West Virginia Wesleyan women's basketball team couldn't overcome 26 turnovers and a 32.3 shooting percentage as they dropped an 89-61 decision on the road tonight to the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets.
Despite the lopsided score, Wesleyan played very well in the first quarter and actually had the lead going into the second 10 minutes of action.
With the game tied at 13-13, Tara Goldman made a jumper to give Wesleyan its first lead, at 15-13.
Following a three-pointer by West Virginia State, Mykenzie Martin sliced inside for a lay-up and Mari Stewart popped in a jumper to give Wesleyan a 19-16 lead with 1:34 remaining in the first quarter.
A West Virginia State basket ended the quarter as Wesleyan was up by one.
West Virginia State opened the second quarter on a 9-0 run as they took a 27-19 lead.
Lana Long ended the run for the Lady Bobcats with a lay-up to cut it to 27-21 with 7:40 showing on the second-quarter clock.
Down 29-21, Vandertoolen knocked down a jumper, Long made a 12-footer and then a lay-up for a 6-0 Lady Bobcat run that made it a 29-27 contest with 5:17 left in the half.
Wesleyan made just one field goal in the final five minutes of the half as they trailed by a 41-32 score at the break.
Vandertoolen turned in an old-fashioned three-point play to start the half and close the gap to six, at 41-35, but the Lady 'Cats couldn't get any closer than six points.
An Alexa Mortenson jumper kept Wesleyan down by 10 at the 6:32 mark, at 47-37, but West Virginia State outscored Wesleyan by an 18-8 margin the rest of the quarter to take a 65-45 lead into the final 10 minutes of action.
West Virginia State built their biggest lead of the game at the 4:30 mark of the fourth quaerter, at 31, at 84-53.
Wesleyan ended the game on an 8-5 run.
Nicole Gilyard led the Lady Bobcats with 12 points while Long collected 11 and Vandertoolen had 10.
Goldman and Stewart each had a game-high eight rebounds.
Wesleyan outrebounded West Virginia State by a 48-30 margin.
The loss drops Wesleyan to 5-8 overall and 5-5 in the MEC.
West Virginia State improved to 8-8 overall and 6-4 in the MEC.
Wesleyan will play again this Thursday at home against Glenville State.
The Lady Pioneers are ranked sixth in the current D2SIDA Atlantic Region women's basketball poll.
The game will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. in Rockefeller Center.