BUCKHANNON - West Virginia Wesleyan's women's pulled off arguably the biggest upset of the WVIAC season Saturday afternoon, as the 11th- place Lady Bobcats manhandled second-place Fairmont State 82-62 at Buckhannon's Rockefeller Center. Coach Jackie Devane's squad was hitting on all cylinders as Wesleyan put four different players in double figures.
Fairmont State, which is led by former Wesleyan men's coach Steve McDonald, and starts former Lady Bobcat Briana Welch, each of which won league titles during their time at WVWC, came out flat on the snowy afternoon. Wesleyan sprinted to an immediate 11-2 lead, and extended the advantage to 19-4 6:00 into the contest. It would never trail. Fairmont State would whittle the deficit to 38-28 by halftime, but the mountain would eventually prove too high to climb.
McDonald employed pressure and the Lady Falcons pushed the pace early in the second half, and cut the margin to it's smallest point at 50-45 when Welch drained two free throws with 11:02 remaining. But that would the end of any comeback hopes as Wesleyan responded with a 9-0 run that ended on a Brittany Maxey layup at the 8:32 mark, giving Wesleyan a 59-45 lead. The Falcons wouldn't seriously challenge beyond that, as the game ended with an exclamation point in the form of a Kerry Conroy three-pointer at the end, providing the final 20-point margin.
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Wesleyan’s Kerry Conroy looks to dribble around Fairmont State’s Tiffany Nicholson Saturday in the Lady Bobcats’ 82-62 victory.
Atavia Blake was the most productive of the Bobcats, scoring 24 points and pulling down 11 rebounds, registering a double-double in only 19 minutes of action. Conroy hit four 3-pointers and tallied 16 points, while Maxey scored 14 points and recorded team highs of 13 rebounds and three steals. Allie Browne scored 14 points and dished out a team-high eight assists. Off the bench, post player Lauren Graham was also productive, scoring eight points and snagging nine rebounds.
Welch and Tiffany Nicholson each scored 14 points to lead the Falcons. Fairmont State remains in second place in the league, falling to 11-4. It is 13-7 overall.
Wesleyan improves to 7-10 overall and 6-8 in the WVIAC. The Bobcats have a quick turnaround as they travel to Concord at 5:30 p.m. today.
PHILIPPI?- Emily Daniel had 27 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead Shepherd past Alderson-Broaddus Saturday in West Virginia Conference action at Rex Pyles Arena.
Gabby Finchum followed with 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Lady Rams (9-10, 8-7 WVIAC).
Leah Hurst followed with 12 points, while Amanda Peoples added 11 points for the Lady Battlers (4-14, 3-11), who led 37-30 at halftime.
Alderson-Broaddus will travel to Concord at 5:30 Tuesday, while Shepherd will visit Davis &?Elkins at 5:30 p.m. today