Lady 'Cats Tumble to Charleston, Dropping a 56-43 Decision

Lady 'Cats Tumble to Charleston, Dropping a 56-43 Decision

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats suffered through their worst offensive performance of the year as they shot a season low 26.4 percent in a 56-43 setback to the University of Charleston Golden Eagles tonight in a Mountain East Conference contest at Rockefeller Center.

Wesleyan connected on just 14 of their 53 field goals and was only one of eight from the three-point line.

The Lady Bobcats never led in the contest.

In a low-scoring first quarter, Tara Goldman made the only two Lady Bobcat field goals of the opening 10 minutes as Wesleyan trailed by an 11-4 score.

Charleston scored the first five points of the second quarter before Nicole Gilyard popped in a jumper at the 7:53 mark of the quarter. That made it a 16-6 game in favor of Charleston.

Down 23-9 at the 5:40 mark, Wesleyan didn't allow Charleston another point in the half as they went on an 11-0 run.

During the run, Stacy Remer and Gilyard uncorked jumpers, Rachel Vandertoolen made a lay-up and came back with a jumper and Remer ended the half with a three-pointer.

That left Wesleyan down by only three at the break, at 23-20.

Goldman opened the third quarter with a basket and a free throw after being fouled on her basket to make it a 23-23 contest, but Wesleyan was never able to overtake the Golden Eagles.

Charleston opened up a 37-32 lead, but Goldman made three of four at the line on consecutive trips for Wesleyan to make it a 37-35 score with two minutes remaining in the third.

Wesleyan went into the final quarter down by two, at 39-37.

The Lady Bobcats managed just six points in the final quarter on two field goals and two free throws.

Goldman started the fourth-quarter scoring with a basket to make it a 39-39 game, but Charleston scored the next eight points to grab a 47-39 advantage with 5:43 remaining in the game.

Long downed two free throws to end the run and make it a 47-41 contest,

Following a Charleston basket, Long hit a jumper at the 3:56 mark to keep Wesleyan down by six, at 49-43.

Wesleyan went scoreless in the final 3:56 as Charleston pulled away for their 56-43 win.

Goldman was the only Lady Bobcat to reach double digits as she scored 15 points.

Long scored nine points while Remer added seven.

Wesleyan outrebounded Charleston by a 38-35 margin.

The loss was the sixth in a row for Wesleyan as they dropped to 6-14 overall and 6-11 in the MEC.

They will return to action Saturday when they host West Virginia State at 2 p.m.