FAIRMONT -- West Virginia Wesleyan's women delivered their second consecutive Mountain East Conference victory Saturday afternoon, winning on the road at Fairmont 79-75. Coach Vicky Bullett's Lady Bobcats survived a strong fourth quarter rally to hold off the Falcons down the stretch.
Wesleyan was again clutch at the free throw line, connecting on 18-of-21 charity shots, many of which were in the game's final minutes with the outcome still in doubt. After Wednesday night's 28-of-32 performance against Shepherd, the team is now an amazing 46-of-53 at the line over the last two games (86.7%).
Wesleyan led early, taking a 22-12 lead after one quarter, and extending the advantage to 12 points early in the second quarter. Fairmont rallied to take a 31-30 lead in the final minutes of the first half. Bullett's troops would answer and lead the rest of the night, but Fairmont battled back in the fourth quarter, cutting the margin to a single point on three different occasions. Wesleyan sealed the win, with five successful free throws in the final minute.
Tyra Hughes led the attack with team highs of 22 points, seven assists and four steals. It was a balanced attack as Brittany Stawovy and Nicole Gilyard came off the bench to add 16 and 10 points respectively. In all, the Wesleyan bench outscored Fairmont's 35-16. Tara Goldman registered a team high six rebounds, and Summer Matlack added five assists.
Wesleyan shot a solid 27-of-50 from the field (54.0%) including a 7-of-12 night from three-point range (58.3%). This was the shooting performance Bullett has been waiting for from this group. They won the team rebound battle as well, 30-27.
Sierra Kotchman of Faimont led all scorers with 24 points.
Wesleyan improves to 4-2 overall, and 3-1 in the Mountain East Conference. Fairmont falls to 3-4 overall, and 0-4 in the MEC.
Bullett's crew is back in action this Wednesday night, traveling to Virginia-Wise. Tip off is set for 5:30.