BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – Laurel, Md., native Symphonie Bryant-Brown recorded a game-high 20 points as the West Virginia Wesleyan (2-3, 1-2) Lady Bobcats fell to West Liberty by a score of 70-44 at Rockefeller Center on Wednesday night.
Bryant-Brown added eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals to her stat line. She made six of seven attempts from the charity stripe. Courtney Wilfong distributed two assists. Electra Allembert pulled down nine rebounds.
West Liberty Leaders
Two Hilltoppers scored double-digit point totals: Bailee Smith (19) and Karly McCutcheon (17). Smith forced two steals and passed four assists, while McCutcheon drilled four three-point baskets. Arriana Manzay hauled in a game-high 16 boards, six coming from the offensive end.
The Lady Bobcats shot 25.4% from the field and 61.5% from the free-throw line. The Hilltoppers made 33.8% of their field-goal attempts and went 13-15 from the line.
Inside the First Half
A fastbreak layup from Ariana Harman trimmed the WLU lead to one point at the 5:30 mark in the first quarter. Allembert finished a layup with 3:45 to go in the opening quarter to put the Bobcats down 9-8. The Hilltoppers scored seven of the final eight points in the first quarter and led 16-10 at the end of the first frame. Kamryn Williamson pulled Wesleyan within five points midway through the second quarter. West Liberty ignited a 9-0 run to go up 33-19. The Hilltoppers held a 38-23 lead at the break.
Inside the Second Half
Wilfong opened the third-quarter scoring with a two-point basket. West Liberty extended their lead to 20 points with 7:21 to go in the third. WLU led 50-31 at the end of the third quarter. A made jumper from Bryant-Brown cut the deficit to 16 points with 7:54 on the clock. The Hilltoppers cruised to a 70-44 victory.
Wesleyan will return to the court at Wheeling on Saturday (Dec. 4). The game is slated to begin at noon.