BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats had a better shooting percentage and outrebounded the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets here today in a Mountain East Conference contest at Rockefeller Center.
Despite winning those statistical categories, Wesleyan dropped an 86-72 decision to West Virginia State.
The one statistical battle they didn't win was turnovers as they committed 20 to West Virginia State's eight, which helped give the Yellow Jackets 17 more field goal attempts.
Wesleyan took an early 12-9 lead following a Susan Meyer (pictured) lay-up in a fast-moving first quarter.
West Virginia State outscored Wesleyan on a 6-1 run but Stacy Remer unleashed a three-pointer to return the lead back to the Lady Bobcats, at 16-15, with 2:42 remaining in the opening quarter.
West Virginia State though went on an 8-0 run to take a 23-16 advantage heading into the second quarter.
The Yellow Jackets went on a 12-6 run to start the second quarter to open up a 35-22 advantage.
Down 38-24, Wesleyan scored the next six as Goldman made a jumper and Lana Long made four straight free throws to trim the deficit to eight, at 38-30, with 2:51 remaining in the half.
West Virginia State outscored Wesleyan by a 9-6 margin the rest of the half to take a 47-36 lead at the break.
Trailing by a 49-38 margin, Wesleyan scored the next seven points to cut the lead to 49-45. During the run, Long made a free throw, Goldman made consecutive jumpers and Remer popped in a short leaner.
The Yellow Jackets pushed their lead back to 11 at the end of the quarter, at 65-54.
A Rachel Vandertoolen lay-up trimmed the West Virginia State lead down to nine, at 71-62, with 5:41 remaining.
Wesleyan couldn't get any closer than nine points as the Yellow Jackets outscored the Lady Bobcats by a 15-10 margin down the stretch.
Remer paced the Wesleyan offense with 16 points while Goldman had 15 and Vandertoolen came off the bench to score 11.
Goldman recorded a double-double as she grabbed 14 rebounds to go along with her 15 points.
Wesleyan shot 39.4 percent for the floor (26-for-66) while West Virginia State shot it at a 36.1 clip (30-for-83).
Wesleyan outrebounded West Virginia State by a 52-47 margin.
The loss dropped Wesleyan to 6-15 overall and 6-12 in the MEC.
West Virginia State improved to 12-12 overall and 10-8 in the MEC.
Wesleyan will return to action this Thursday on the road as they travel to West Liberty for a 5:30 p.m. clash.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)