BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats rallied to overcome a four-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force an overtime session but dropped a 58-56 overtime decision to the Notre Dame College Falcons in a Mountain East Conference contest at Rockefeller Center.
Down by three, with two minutes left in regulation, Kambrie Bosley made a lay-up that cut the lead to 52-51.
Kyleigh Ramlow made one of two at the line for Notre Dame to make it a 53-51 game with 20 seconds left, but Lana Long made a jumper for Wesleyan with 11 seconds left to deadlock the game at 53-53.
The Lady Bobcats forced a Notre Dame turnover with six seconds left, but Bosley was just off on her three-point attempt with three seconds remaining as the game went into overtime.
In the overtime session, Long gave Wesleyan a 54-53 advantage with a free throw and Mykenzie Martin added a free throw to make it a 55-53 score.
Seina Adachi made a three-pointer to give Notre Dame a 56-55 lead with 1:27 remaining, but Long tied the game at 56-56 with a free throw.
Marisa Finazzo broke free for a lay-up with three seconds remaining in the overtime session.
Wesleyan's three-point attempt at the buzzer was no good.
In the first quarter, Wesleyan was down after seven minutes of action by a 15-9 score but scored the final nine points of the period.
Tara Goldman started the second quarter with a basket as Wesleyan upped their lead to 20-15.
Over the next five minutes, Notre Dame outscored Wesleyan by an 11-2 margin to take a 26-22 lead with four minutes remaining.
Notre Dame went into the half up by three, at 30-27.
Kim Cook made a three-pointer for Notre Dame just 1:41 into the third quarter to give the Falcons a 35-29 lead.
Down 38-34, Goldman made consecutive baskets to deadlock the game at 38-38 with 2:24 left in the third quarter.
Notre Dame took a 40-38 lead into the fourth quarter.
Trailing by a four, at 46-42, Stacy Remer made a basket to close the gap to two with eight minutes remaining.
Neither team could find the basket over the next three minutes before Nicole Gilyard hit a jumper to even the score for Wesleyan, at 46-46, with 4:43 remaining.
Notre Dame scored four points to go up 50-46 but Bosley drained a three-pointer to make it a one-point game.
It was a 52-49 game before Bosley hit her lay-up.
Wesleyan went into the game down a player, as leading rebounder Mari Stewart sat out the game with an injury.
The Lady Bobcats still outrebounded Notre Dame by a 46-38 but gave up 18 offensive rebounds to the Falcons.
Long led Wesleyan in the rebounding department with 11 while Goldman yanked down eight.
Wesleyan put just two players in double digits as Vandertoolen had a team-high 12 points while Remer added 10.
The loss dropped the Lady Bobcats to 6-10 overall and 6-7 in the MEC.
They will play again Saturday when they host Urbana in a MEC clash at 2 p.m. in Rockefeller Center.