BUCKHANNON – Talk about getting another signature victory.
Two months to this exact date, the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats defeated Mountain East Conference pre-season favorite Fairmont State on their home floor.
Eight weeks later, head coach Vicky Bullett picked another huge win tonight on the floor of Rockefeller Center as they defeated the Glenville State Pioneers by an 87-75 score.
The final score wasn't indicative of how dominant the Lady 'Cats were as they had built a 28-point lead late in the third quarter.
Glenville State entered the game with a 14-2 record and was ranked sixth in the Atlantic Regional poll.
Part of the success for the Lady Bobcats was their three-point defense.
Glenville State went 0-for-31 from three-point land through the first 35 minutes of action before finally hitting their first trey with 4:37 left in the game. They ended the contest 3-for-43 for seven percent.
The 87-point output was also the best offensive performance for Wesleyan this season, who entered the game last in scoring offense in the MEC.
Glenville State, who leads the nation in offense averaging 100 points per contest, were held 25 points under their average by the Wesleyan defense.
Wesleyan had three players earn double-doubles.
Wesleyan came out of the gates fast as a Stewart jumper gave them a 17-6 lead with three minutes left in the first quarter.
Glenville State ran off 10 straight points to make it a 17-16 game, but Remer launched a three-pointer to end the run and put Wesleyan ahead, 20-16, with a minute remaining in the quarter.
Glenville State dropped in the last two baskets of the quarter to make it a 20-20 contest going into the second quarter.
The Pioneers built their biggest lead of the game 1:10 into the second quarter, at three points, at 25-22.
Trailing 27-26, Wesleyan ended the quarter on an 18-0 run.
That treated Wesleyan to a 44-27 lead at the intermission.
Wesleyan increased their lead to 28, at 61-33, following a Vandertoolen three-pointer with 3:07 left in the third quarter.
The Lady Bobcats had a 23-point lead at the end of the third quarter, at 67-44.
Wesleyan held onto a 24-point lead at the five-minute mark of the fourth quarter, at 79-55.
Glenville State ended the game with a 20-8 run but was never able to get closer than 11 points.
Wesleyan shot the ball at a 58.9 clip hitting on 33 of their 56 shots.
The Lady Bobcats held a 59-48 advantage in rebounding.
The win improved Wesleyan to 6-8 overall and 6-5 in the MEC.
They won't have long to enjoy the win as they hit the road for a conference clash with the Fairmont State Falcons Saturday.
The game will tip-off at 2 p.m
(Photograph courtesy of Brian Bergstrom/The Record Delta)