Lady Bobcats best UC, 79-68

BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan’s women bagged a much- needed league victory Saturday afternoon, defeating the University of Charleston 79-68.

The Lady Bobcats maintained an edge in rebounding to spur the win.

“We made a conscious effort to attack the boards and limit them to one shot,” Wesleyan head coach Jackie Devane said. “We were able to contest their shots on their three-point attempts, and keep them from getting offensive rebounds.”

Charleston pieced together an impressive start, producing 10-point leads at 21-11 and 23-13. Wesleyan responded with a 17-6 surge that produced a 30-29 advantage a major switch in momentum. During this stretch, Atavia Blake scored eight of her team-high 16 points.

“That we a key stretch. The girls came off the bench and gave us a lot of energy and provided a spark,” Devane said. “Atavia gave us a scoring lift, and Valarie Jasper gave us a lift on the defensive end.”

Wesleyan continued its push, extending the lead into double digits midway through the second half. The balanced attack included five different players hitting double figures. Blake’s 16 was complemented by 15 from Kerry Conroy, 13 from Allie Browne and 11 each from Brittany Maxey and Brittany Williams. Maxey led all rebounders, pulling down 14 boards with a double-double effort.

Nichole Perry led UC with a game-high 30 points. Jessi Cowden added 17 points.

Wesleyan improves to 3-6 overall and 2-4 in the WVIAC.

Charleston falls to 6-5 overall and 3-4 in the league. The Lady Bobcats hit the road at 5:30 p.m. today, traveling to West Virginia State.