Basketball Lady ‘Cats hang on for 58-55 road win over Wheeling

WHEELING, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan women’s basketball team defeated the Wheeling Cardinals on the road 58-55 on Wednesday night. The Cardinals shot just 9-25 from the free throw line in the loss.

The Cardinals struck first with a Lauren Calhoun layup, getting the fourth leading scorer in the MEC started early. Courtney Wilfong got warmed up early, making a layup and hitting a three to score five quick points. The Lady Bobcats stayed afloat, trailing 18-12 at the end of the opening quarter.

The Lady Bobcats opened the second quarter on a 9-2 run, taking their first lead of the game at 21-20. In the run, Emma Witt connected on three layups and Electra Allembert connected on a straightaway three. Allembert continued her hot first half, hitting another jumper to give her 11 points in the half. Witt’s layup with a little over a minute left gave Wesleyan their biggest lead of the game at 29-21. Witt scored 10 points in the first half to help the Lady Bobcats take a 31-25 lead into the break.

Allembert started right where she left off before halftime, knocking down a smooth jumper from mid-range. The Cardinals cut the lead back down to two but Witt hit yet another pair of layups to keep the lead for Wesleyan. Wheeling snuck a layup in at the buzzer to end the quarter, narrowing the Wesleyan lead to 42-40 going into the fourth quarter.

Calhoun hit a layup to tie the game at 42 for Wheeling in the opening seconds of the quarter. M’laya Aisworth connected from three for her first points of the night and Daveona Hatchell connected on a jumper on consecutive buckets for WVWC to take back the lead. The Cardinals got back up with a Carla Torrubia layup through a double-team. Shelby Genes answered the Wheeling bucket with a backdoor cut and layup.

The two teams exchanged layups for a couple minutes until a Genes three put the Lady Bobcats back up 56-55 with 59 seconds to go. A massive block from Cierra Tolbert hit off of Calhoun to give WVWC the ball back, forcing Wheeling to foul Wilfong, where she would knock down both free throws to make it 58-55 with 14.8 seconds left. Wheeling got a chance to tie it but the Lady Bobcats would foul on the floor, only leaving .4 seconds left for the Cardinals. WU wasn’t able to get a final shot off after Wilfong deflected the inbounds pass to end the game.

Calhoun led the Cardinals with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jacqui Hinesmon chimed in 10 points in the loss.

Wilfong and Witt both scored 15 points for the Lady Bobcats, with Witt shooting 7-11 from the field. Allembert had a season-high 13 points and also grabbed six rebounds in the win.

Wesleyan returns home to face West Liberty on Saturday afternoon inside Rockefeller Center at 2 p.m.

Boxscore

Featured

SHOPS & SERVICES

Consolidated board determines North Kanawha will remain a two-way street

BUCKHANNON – The Consolidated Public Works Board voted to keep North Kanawha Street a two-way street after previously considering making it a one-way road. The CPWB took up two previously discussed traffic items during their Jan. 26 meeting. The board […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story — and thousands more. Free trial available! Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

Barbour County man arrested for alleged sexual abuse of a juvenile in his care

BUCKHANNON — A Barbour County man who is listed on the West Virginia State Police’s Sex Offender Registry has been arrested for the alleged sexual abuse of a minor in his care. Kenneth D. Call, 52, of Belington, W.Va., was […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story — and thousands more. Free trial available! Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

Buckhannon: Then & Now – Big snow in Upshur County

Buckhannon: Then & Now. Join us in showcasing Upshur County throughout history and today. Much like today, Buckhannon has experienced major snow accumulations throughout history. Pictured here, Buckhannon received a record breaking accumulation of 40

County commission tasks new owner of Holly Apartments with cleaning up the site, will reevaluate in 90 days

BUCKHANNON – The Upshur County Commission has given the new owners of the Holly Apartments building in Adrian 90 days to clean up the property. The Holly Apartments were considered a total loss after a fire spread throughout the whole […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story — and thousands more. Free trial available! Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

SHOPS & SERVICES

Wesleyan lacrosse picked fifth in MEC preseason poll

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – West Virginia Wesleyan women’s lacrosse has been selected to finish fifth in the Mountain East Conference, the league announced today. WVWC totaled nine points in the vote. Frostburg State and Notre Dame College tied

Swim Bucs head into Saturday’s conference championship meet coming off strong final performance at home

BUCKHANNON — The Buckhannon-Upshur High School boys and girls swim teams will head into the Big 10 Conference Championships on Saturday with the current at their backs after winning 10 events in their final home meet of the season. The […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story — and thousands more. Free trial available! Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

Owens steps down as head coach of Lady Bobcat soccer program

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – Richard Owens has resigned as head coach of the West Virginia Wesleyan women’s soccer program, WVWC Athletic Department announced on Thursday. Owens spent five seasons as head coach of the Lady Bobcats,

SHOPS & SERVICES

Canaan Valley Resort to ski clinic for women Feb. 25-26

Davis, W.Va. (January 2023) – Offering more than seven hours of group and personalized ski instruction in a fun and supportive environment, Canaan Valley Resort will host a ski clinic for women by women February

Winter Blues Farmers Market returns Feb. 25

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Winter Blues is back! The indoor farmers market makes its return on Saturday, February 25. More than 60 vendors from across West Virginia will be on hand to sell products grown and