Lady Bobcat losing streak reaches 18 with setback to Concord

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – Daveona Hatchell scored a season-high 21 points in her freshman campaign as the West Virginia Wesleyan (2-19, 1-18) women’s basketball team fell to the Concord (18-9, 11-8) Mountain Lions on Wednesday night by a 73-61 score inside Rockefeller Center.
WVWC Leaders
Hatchell connected on three triples on her way to posting a career-high in points. Courtney Wilfong was also in double-figures for the ‘Cats with 11 points. Wilfong and Imani Jackson were the assists leaders for Wesleyan with three each. Malaika Kimmons grabbed 10 rebounds and collected three steals. Symphonie Bryant-Brown added two blocks.
Concord Leaders
The Concord offense was led by Maggie Guynn and Riley Fitzwater. Both players eclipsed 20 points on the night. Alexis Phillips pulled down a game-high 11 boards. Fitzwater and Jaisah Smith each had two steals while Fitzwater contributed two blocks.
Inside the First Half
The visitors scored the first six points of the contest. The Lady ‘Cats stormed back and scored nine unanswered points to take a three-point lead. Hatchell got Wesleyan on the board with a three-pointer and then capped off the run with her seventh point of the game with 5:10 left in the first quarter. Bryant-Brown hit a three to put Wesleyan ahead 14-11 at the first media timeout. Kimmons made a bucket that gave WVWC their largest lead of the night with three minutes to go in the first. Concord regained the lead by scoring the final seven points of the first quarter and held a two-point cushion midway through the first half.
Hatchell got back to work in the second quarter and tied the game at 18 with a layup. After a CU three, Hatchell answered with a putback layup to put WVWC within one. A jumper from Jackson put WVWC within one possession at the 6:02 mark. Concord built a six-point lead midway through the second frame. Electra Allembert tipped in a layup that made the score 28-24 with 3:53 left in the first half. The Mountain Lions sparked their largest scoring run of the night and scored 11 straight within the final four minutes of the half. Wilfong stopped the bleeding with a three as time expired, as the visitors owned a 39-27 lead at the intermission.
Inside the Second Half
Hatchell started the scoring in the second half and drilled her second three that cut the deficit to single digits. CU led by as many as 18 points in the third quarter. The Lady ‘Cats roared back with a 10-point scoring run that spanned the third and fourth quarters. The run was finished by an Allembert layup that put WVWC within eight points at the 8:59 mark in the fourth quarter. Kimmons cut the deficit to six points following a putback jumper with 6:48 to go. CU compiled a seven-point run and held a 14-point lead halfway through the final quarter. Hatchell’s third three of the night put WVWC within 10 points with less than 30 seconds to go. The Mountain Lions claimed a 73-61 road victory.
Up Next
The Lady Bobcats’ final road game of the regular season will be played on Saturday at Glenville State as they will square off versus the Pioneers at 1 p.m. inside the Waco Center.

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