That pretty much sums up the performance of Fairmont State’s Lady Falcons here Saturday afternoon at the Rockefeller Center.
Struggling West Virginia Wesleyan took the game to FSU from the opening tip and never let up en route to an impressive 82-62 romp over the league’s second-place team.
The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for Wesleyan and improved the Lady Bobcats to 7-10 overall and to 6-8 in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
FSU, on the other hand, fell to 13-7 overall and to 11-4 in league play.
The loss was the second-most lopsided setback of the season for Fairmont’s women who dropped an 82-57 decision to California (Pa.) University way back on Nov. 13. The Lady Falcons’ other five losses have all come by three points or less.
“I thought that I did an awful job of preparing our team for this game,” said Steve McDonald, who was looking for his 250th career win as the Lady Falcons’ coach Saturday. “I also did a very poor job of coaching our team in this game and I promise I won’t let it happen again.
“Wesleyan, though, played very well.”
Less than four minutes into the contest Wesleyan had built a 10-point lead and for all intents and purposes the rout was on. The Lady Bobcats extended their lead to as many as 19 in the first half at 33-14 and 35-16 with five minutes remaining thanks to red-hot shooting from the field. Wesleyan connected on 15 of its first 23 field goal attempts (65.2 percent) to help build its lead. FSU, on the other hand, hit just 6 of its first 21 shots (28.5 percent).
The Lady Falcons, though, clawed their way back into contention in the final five minutes of the half by forcing seven Lady Bobcat turnovers which helped the visitors cut the lead to just 10 at 38-28 at the break.
In the second half, Fairmont cut into Wesleyan’s lead even further. Led by Briana Welch and Emily Lohr, FSU made it a 50-45 game with 11:02 to play. The Lady Bobcats, however, reeled off nine unanswered points over the course of the next three minutes and the contest was never really close again.
“We really didn’t play well as a team,” said Welch, who along with Tiffany Nicholson led FSU with 14 points. “Some of us may have looked at this one coming in like we’re ranked two in the league and they’re at the bottom of the standings and we played at their level for pretty much the entire game.
“In the second half we cut it to five with a lot of time left, but we couldn’t hold them down.”
Fairmont turned the ball over nine times in the second half, shot a dismal 35.4 percent from the field in the loss (23-of-65), including a horrid 1-of-15 performance (6.7 percent) from 3-point range.
FSU got 13 points, six rebounds and four steals from point guard Kaitlin Snyder, but once again she struggled shooting the ball finishing just 4-of-19 from the floor, including just 1-of-9 from 3-point range. Hailey Garrett added 11 points and 11 rebounds. It was her ninth double-double performance of the year.
About the only thing Wesleyan did wrong Saturday was turn the basketball over 23 times, which helped to keep the game a bit closer than it should have been. The Lady Bobcats shot 51.8 percent from the field (29-of-56), including a 6-of-11 showing from long range (54.5 percent). Wesleyan also held a commanding 49-31 advantage on the glass against FSU.
Fairmont had no answer for Lady Bobcat center Atavia Blake inside. The 6-foot sophomore scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Wesleyan also got 16 points from Kerry Conroy, 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds from Brittany Maxey and 14 points from Allie Browne.
FSU will attempt to regroup Monday when its hosts Wheeling Jesuit in a 5:30 p.m. game at the Joe Retton Arena.
“We don’t have any time to dwell on this loss,” said Welch. “We’ve got to learn from it and get ready to play Monday.”
Polar Bear tennis sweeps East: PHOTOS
Last week East Fairmont’s girls’ tennis team beat Fairmont Senior, 4-3.
Wednesday at Fairmont State University, the Polar Bears returned the favor with a 5-2 win over their cross-town rival.
Alissa Link won No. 1 singles, 8-4. Morgan Hoke won No. 3 singles, 9-7. And Avery Towns won No. 4 singles, 8-5, for the Polar Bears.
Falcons set for spring game
Football is back … well, kind of.
Today at 7 p.m., Fairmont State will hold its annual Maroon & White spring game at Duvall-Rosier Field. The scoreboard won’t mean a whole lot since it’s little more than a glorified scrimmage. Instead, here are five things to watch during today’s game.
HERTZEL COLUMN: NCAA football is thriving in the digital age
The other day Baylor football coach Art Briles walked into his graduate assistants’ office and had to laugh at what he saw.
“There’s five guys sitting in there — a couple of GA’s and some office personnel — and they all are within a foot and a half of each other and not a one of them is talking to each other,” Briles said, describing the scene “Every one of them is on the phone.”
Hillberry commits to Wesleyan
Last year Emma Harrison and Kaitlyn Conaway teamed up with Alexis Hillberry to win several relay medals at the state track meet.
Though the two West Virginia Wesleyan runners are now in college, they helped to pass the baton to Hillberry Wednesday when she signed her National Letter of Intent to join her former teammates on the Bobcats’ track team.
O’Brien leads WVU baseball past Marshall
Catcher Cam O’Brien made a bid at becoming only the second West Virginia University player to hit for the cycle as the Mountaineers jumped on Marshall early and routed their in-state rival, 10-3, behind strong pitching from Corey Walter and a pair of relievers.
North, East softball earn blowout wins
The North Marion softball team was at it again Wednesday night.
Mattie Polling tripled and singled, starting pitcher Chelsi Latocha doubled and gave up just one hit as the Huskies rolled to another 3-inning mercy-rule victory over Lewis County, 18-1.
Simon, Bruce lead Reds past Bucs, 5-2
Alfredo Simon pitched into the seventh inning despite erratic control, Jay Bruce drove in a run for a fifth consecutive game and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 Wednesday night.
Simon (3-1) worked 6 2-3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits and five walks while striking out four.
Pens squander lead, fall to Columbus
Brandon Dubinsky scored with 22.5 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and Nick Foligno’s wrist shot just inside the blue line 2:49 into the extra session gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.
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Mascaro signs with FSU
Gabi Mascaro is staying in Fairmont.
After considering several out-of-state colleges, the Fairmont Senior soccer standout signed her National Letter of Intent Tuesday to continue her career at Fairmont State University, an upstart program which will play its first games in 2015.
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