BUCKHANNON -- Coach Vicky Bullett's Wesleyan squad was almost perfect at the free throw line Wednesday night, connecting on 28-of-32 from the charity stripe in a physical 76-69 win over visiting Shepherd. This included a stellar 17-of-20 performance in the fourth quarter.
Wesleyan's depth came into play as twelve different players saw action, with each playing at least five minutes. The group produced a balanced scoring attack with four different players scoring in double figures, and two producing double-doubles by hitting double figures on the boards.
While Wesleyan held a steady lead most of the night, leading by two points at the half (28-26) and by five after three quarters (51-46), Shepherd kept chipping back all night. Wesleyan was only able to gain some separation in the game's final minute.
Seniors Mari Stewart (14 points and 10 rebounds) and Tara Goldman (11 points and 12 rebounds) each produced double-doubles. Point guard Tyra Hughes posted team highs of 15 points and six assists. Freshman Brittany Stawovy came off the bench to add 10 points, highlighted by a key pair of three's.
Morgan Arden scored 25 points to lead Shepherd, with Kari Lankford scoring 23. Wesleyan won the rebound battle 46-41.
"We can't find a consistent starting five at this point, so we will need to keep rotatiing until we can find a group that takes pride in being a starter," Bullett said. "Shepherd came in with a good game plan. They took us out of our sets and we did not respond well. Defensively we did not play well from a player personnel standpoint...we allowed Lankford to go 10-of-15 from the field...almost all layups. A win is a win, and we are happy that we were able to hold on at the end."
Wesleyan improves to 3-2 with the win, and 2-1 in the Mountain East Conference. Shepherd falls to 4-3 and 1-2.
Wesleyan is back in action Saturday, traveling to Fairmont State for a 2:00 tip off.