Lady ‘Cats fall late to Concord in 61-50 setback

ATHENS — West Virginia Wesleyan’s women dropped its second game of the season to Concord University 61-50, Wednesday in Athens.

The Lady Bobcats handled Concord’s full court press through most of the game and headed into the halftime break with a 29-24 lead after solid performances that posted a 56 percent field goal success in the first quarter to Concord’s 14 percent, and a 47 percent success rate in the second quarter to Concord’s 39 percent.

But the energy changed through the third quarter and Wesleyan went into the final 10 minutes tied at 41. The constant press wore down the Lady Bobcats and Concord’s shooting prowess gained momentum which, together, resulted in a 20-9 run for the Mountain Lions and the victory.

Lady Bobcat leading scorers Emma Witt and Sydney Baird continued strong performances, posting 16 and 12 points, respectively. Witt’s efforts also included 10 rebounds to record her first double-double of the season. Baird’s conference-leading free throw percentage (.953) raised a notch with a perfect 2-of-2 from the line.

Concord’s scoring came from Alexis Phillips with 13 points and eight rebounds, and Abbie Smith with nine points and seven rebounds. Smith is tenth in points scored in the MEC with a 13.9 average, just one spot better than Witt with a 13.6 point-per-game average.

Wesleyan returns to Rockefeller Center Saturday, Feb. 17 for a 2 p.m. tip with cross-county rival Glenville State. Admission is free.


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