BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan's Tara Goldman had a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds in a losing effort to the Wheeling Jesuit Lady Cardinals this afternoon in a Mountain East Conference contest today in Rockefeller Center.
The Lady Bobcats dropped a 75-56 decision.
Stacy Remer just missed a double-double for the Lady 'Cats as she scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Wesleyan had just one lead in the game and that was after Goldman opened the contest a minute in with a jumper.
Wheeling Jesuit went on a 14-2 run to take a 14-4 lead before Rachel Vandertoolen uncorked a three-pointer.
That made it a 14-7 game with 4:16 left in the first quarter.
Wheeling Jesuit closed the quarter on a 10-2 run to take a 24-9 advantage after 10 minutes of actions.
The Lady Cardinals built their biggest lead of the game at the 4:50 mark of the second quarter, at 23 points – 38-15.
Wesleyan went into the intermission trailing by a 42-23 score.
The Lady Bobcats outscored Wheeling Jesuit by a 20-19 score in the third quarter, but couldn't get any closer than 15 points.
Goldman and Remer started the third quarter with a pair of jumpers to close it to that 15-point deficit, at 42-27.
Wheeling Jesuit pushed their lead back to 22 at the two-minute mark of the quarter, at 61-39.
Goldman and Susan Meyer closed the third quarter with consecutive baskets to make it a 61-43 contest going into the final 10 minutes.
Remer unleashed a three-pointer to start the final quarter and make it a 61-46 contest.
A Goldman leaner in the paint brought Wesleyan to within 12, at 68-56, with 2:23 remaining, but Wheeling Jesuit scored the final seven points of the game.
Prior to the start of the game, Wesleyan recognized their two seniors playing their final home game at Rockefeller Center – Meyer and Destinee Tunstall.
Both played well as Meyer came off the bench to score eight points and grab three rebounds while Tunstall earned the start and tallied seven points and grabbed three rebounds.
Wesleyan shot the ball at a 38.3 clip as they made good on 23 of their 60 field goal attempts.
Wheeling Jesuit outrebounded Wesleyan by a 44-43 margin.
The loss dropped Wesleyan to 6-17 overall and 6-14 in the MEC.
Wheeling Jesuit improved to 21-5 overall and 16-4 in the MEC.
Wesleyan will return to action this Thursday as they visit the Shepherd Lady Rams in a conference match-up.
The contest will begin at 5:30 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)