BUCKHANNON – Sometimes a team just has your number and that seems to be the case with the Urbana Blue Knights and the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats.
Urbana has just three Mountain East Conference wins and two of the three have come after today at the expense of the Lady Bobcats.
Wesleyan dropped a 77-68 decision today to Urbana at Rockefeller Center. At the start of the month, Wesleyan lost a 77-65 verdict to Urbana.
Urbana improved to 5-12 overall and 3-11 in the MEC.
Wesleyan dropped to 6-11 overall and 6-8 in the MEC.
Despite the setback, two players had double-doubles for the Lady 'Cats.
Lana Long (pictured) actually led the Lady Bobcats in the scoring column with 21 points.
It was an off night for Wesleyan shooting the ball. They shot just 37.8 percent from the floor (28-for-74) and that included going just 17.6 percent (3-for-17) from behind the three-point line.
Even their free throw accuracy was off against Urbana as they shot just 64.3 percent for the free throw line (9-for-14).
Wesleyan led just once in the contest, and that was 70 seconds into the action as a Long jumper gave the Lady Bobcats a 4-3 advantage.
Wesleyan tied the game at 14-14 with 2:30 left in the first quarter following an Alexa Mortenson jumper, but Urbana scored the final five points of the quarter for a 19-14 lead.
With Wesleyan down by a 23-17 score, Long popped in a jumper and Stewart went inside for a lay-up to make it a two-point game, at 23-21, with 5:28 left in the half.
Urbana closed the half on 13-8 run to take a 36-29 advantage into the intermission.
Tara Goldman and Long made jumpers to start the second half and trimmed the deficit down to three, at 36-33, but they couldn't get any closer than that the rest of the third quarter.
Down 11, at 55-44, with two minutes left in the third quarter, Wesleyan ran off six straight points to close the quarter.
Remer uncorked a three-pointer, Stewart made a technical free throw and Mykenzie Martin dropped in two free throws to make it a 55-50 contest heading into the final quarter.
Urbana scored the first basket of the fourth quarter, but Long made back-to-back baskets to pull Wesleyan to within three, at 57-54.
But just like every other time Wesleyan got the margin down to one possession, Urbana would extend their lead as they went on a 7-3 run to take a 64-57 advantage with six minutes left in the game.
A Remer jumper kept Wesleyan down by two, at 67-65, at the four-minute mark, but Urbana closed the game on a 10-3 run.
Wesleyan will try to put an end to their three-game slide this Wednesday when they play host to UVa.-Wise.
The game will tip-off at 5:30 p.m.
(Photograph courtesy Peter Galarneau Jr.)