Basketball Lady ‘Cats hold off Salem for first win

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. — Cierra Tolbert and Electra Allembert both earned double-doubles in a West Virginia Wesleyan (1-1) home victory over Salem (1-1) on Wednesday night inside Rockefeller Center.
WVWC Leaders
Tolbert ended with 17 points and 18 rebounds, while Allembert scored 17 points and pulled down 11 boards. Symphonie Bryant-Brown (14), Imani Jackson (12), and Courtney Wilfong (11) all reached double-digit points in the contest. Bryant-Brown dished out six assists and came up with three steals.
Salem Leaders
Daniela Quesada and Kalyne Daniels both put up 14 points. Quesada led the Tigers in assists and steals, with three each. Daniels and Aleena Mongerie both grabbed seven rebounds.
Inside the First Half
Bryant-Brown scored four consecutive points in a 15-second stretch to give WVWC an early four-point lead that forced the Tigers to call a timeout with 7:06 remaining in the first quarter. Salem scored eight straight points coming out of the timeout to go up 10-6. The Bobcats roared back and scored nine consecutive points to take a 15-10 lead with 3:00 to go in the first quarter. An Ariana Harmon jump shot at the end of the first quarter gave WVWC a 22-15 lead. The Tigers cut the deficit to one point two times In the second quarter and outscored WVWC 22-17. Wesleyan led at the break, 39-37.
Inside the Second Half
Salem took a 43-42 lead on a made field goal from Daniels. The Tigers increased their lead to six points halfway through the third quarter. A Quesada fastbreak basket with 1:54 left in the third quarter gave the Tigers a seven-point advantage, their largest lead of the night. An Allembert layup put Wesleyan within two points at the end of the third quarter, 56-54.
A jumper from Bryant-Brown and an Allembert layup pulled WVWC ahead by two points early in the final quarter. Two made free throws from Tolbert gave Wesleyan a four-point lead with 8:18 remaining. Quesada tied the score at 64 with a three-point basket. With the Bobcats trailing by four points, Jackson and Tolbert each scored a two-point basket to tie the game at 68 with less than five minutes left. Allembert gave Wesleyan a 70-68 lead with 3:57 left. 
Salem regained a one-point lead with 2:46 remaining. The Bobcats took a 76-73 lead following a layup from Wilfong at the 2:15 mark. The Tigers took a one-point lead with 1:38 left in the game. With 34 seconds left on the clock, Allembert drove the lane and drew a shooting foul. The freshman from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, sank two free throws to give the ‘Cats a one-point lead. Salem could not score in the final seconds and the Bobcats collected their first win of the season, 78-77.
Up Next
Wesleyan will conclude their three-game homestand on Saturday with their first Mountain East Conference contest versus Frostburg State. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.

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