BUCKHANNON – Mari Stewart came off the bench to score a game-high 22 points and grab a game-high nine rebounds as she led the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats to a convincing 79-57 victory over the Concord Mt. Lions today in a Mountain East Conference contest at Rockefeller Center.
Stewart shot 60 percent from the floor (9-for-15) and added an assist and a block in the win.
Stewart was one of four Lady Bobcat players to reach double digits.
Goldman started the game with a jumper and then downed two free throws to give Wesleyan a 4-0 lead that they would never relinquish.
Up 10-6, Martin drained a three-pointer and Stacy Remer scored on a lay-up to push the Wesleyan lead out to nine at 15-6.
A Stewart jumper at the end of the first quarter kept Wesleyan's lead at nine, at 28-19.
Wesleyan controlled play in the second quarter and a Vandertoolen free throw late in the period gave Wesleyan their biggest lead of the first half, at 18, at 47-29.
Concord turned in an old-fashioned three-point play that made it a 47-32 score at the intermission.
Wesleyan outscored Concord by a 16-14 margin in the third quarter as they pushed their lead back to 17, at 63-46, heading into the final 10 minutes of action.
A basket by Concord's Lindsey Oberbey trimmed the Wesleyan lead down to 14, at 65-51, but the Mt. Lions couldn't get any closer.
Wesleyan outscored Concord the rest of the way by a 14-6 margin.
The Lady Bobcats shot the ball at 52.5 percent (32-for-61).
Wesleyan outrebounded Concord by a 42-28 margin.
The Lady Bobcats improved their record to 3-3 overall and 3-1 in the MEC.
Concord dropped to 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the MEC.
Wesleyan will be idle for two weeks. They will return to action on Sat. Dec. 17 when they visit Mercyhurst (Pa.) in a non-conference game.
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