Lady Bobcats race past WJ

BUCKHANNON?- West Virginia Wesleyan’s women captured their second consecutive West Virginia Conference win Saturday afternoon, holding off Wheeling Jesuit, 76-66. Four different Wesleyan starters hit double figures in the balanced attack for second-year head coach Jackie Devane.

Brittany Maxey continued her rise as a team leader, getting more involved offensively by scoring 23 points. She was complemented by Danesha Richardson with 15, Kerry Conroy 13 and Allie Browne 11. Conroy and Browne combined to hit seven three-pointers. Atavia Blake posted a team high 11 rebounds and also added eight points.

Wesleyan rolled out to an early 26-13 lead, but Wheeling cut the margin to 35-30 at the half. With 10 minutes remaining, the deficit was still tight at 53-49, but Wesleyan pulled away down the stretch.

The Bobcats held a strong 37-27 advantage on the boards, and shot an efficient 55.4 percent from the field (31 of 56).

Jalia Bryant and Emily Robinson led Wheeling with 16 and 15 points respectively.

Wesleyan improves to 6-8 overall and 5-6 in the WVIAC. Wheeling Jesuit falls to 5-10 and 2-9.

The Lady Bobcats will travel to Davis & Elkins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.