WEST LIBERTY, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan (2-13, 1-12) women’s basketball team dropped a conference road game at West Liberty (4-11, 1-9) on Sunday afternoon by a 75-44 decision at the Academic Sports & Recreation Center in West Liberty, W.Va.
Symphonie Bryant-Brown was the lone WVWC player to reach double-digit points, totaling 11. Cierra Tolbert grabbed 14 boards and contributed eight points. Electra Allembert recorded 10 rebounds, four coming from the offensive end.
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Bailee Smith swished two triples en route to a 20-point performance. Audrey Tingle facilitated the offense and dished out 12 assists. Tingle and Smith both had four steals. Arriana Manzay collected 11 rebounds.
Inside the First Half
Bryant-Brown scored the first three points of the contest after a made free throw and a good layup. Tolbert boosted the Lady Bobcat lead to 5-2 after a converted jump shot. The ‘Toppers bolted on a 12-0 run and built a nine-point lead. Wesleyan trimmed the deficit to seven points at the end of the first quarter. The home team led by nine and built a six-point run to take a 15-point lead with six minutes left in the half. Malaika Kimmons ended the scoring run with a jump shot that brought the score to 25-12 midway through the second quarter. The ‘Toppers outscored the Lady Bobcats 9-4 to close out the first half with a 34-18 cushion.
Inside the Second Half
Wesleyan trimmed the margin to single digits after Kimmons connected on a layup. West Liberty responded with a seven-point run. The WLU lead grew to 21 at the end of the third period after a triple from Tingle. The Hilltoppers scored the first six points of the fourth quarter and extended the lead to 64-37. WLU outscored the Lady Bobcats 17-7 in the final period and claimed a 75-44 victory.
The Lady Bobcats are back on the road for a matchup versus the Falcons of Notre Dame (Ohio) on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.