West Virginia Wesleyan's women earned their first victory of the season Sunday afternoon, edging the University of Sciences of Philadelphia in overtime, 85-81. Three different Lady Bobcats produced double-doubles in the hard-fought win.
Brittany Maxey had 23 points and 17 rebounds, while Atavia Blake had 23 points and 15 rebounds. Danesha Richardson had 10 points and 10 rebounds, with Allie Browne connecting on three 3-pointers for nine points.
In all, Wesleyan outrebounded USP 60-34, and was particularly effective on the offensive boards, collecting 25 to produce several second chance points.
Brianne Traub had 26 points for the University of the Sciences to lead all scorers. She was complemented by Elsebeth Birman's 23-point, 11-rebound performance.
Wesleyan is now 1-1 on the season. USP falls to 1-4.
West Virginia Wesleyan's swim teams competed over the weekend in the University of Pittsburgh Swimming Invitational. The Bobcats placed sixth in the men's division over the three days of the event with 189 points, while the women placed seventh with 64 points.
West Virginia University placed second on each side, with the host Pitt Panthers taking the team title in each division. Wesleyan placed in the top ten in seven different individual events, and four relays.
Max Garner placed in each breaststroke event, taking fourth in both the 100-breast (58:37) and the 200-breast (2:07.14). Mark Mattis placed sixth in the 400-IM (4:11.83), Thomas Bartleman eighth in the 100-fly (52.19), Phil Fisher eighth in the 1650-free (16:45.95) and Adam Brumley in the 200-fly (2:05.19).
Wesleyan placed with two relays - the 200-medley relay team of Mattis, Garner, Bartleman and Fisher placed 10th in 1:39.71. The 800-free relay squad of Bartleman, Fisher, Mattis and Brumley placed ninth in 7:14.83.
Rachel Bailer earned an individual top 10 for the Wesleyan women, taking 10th in the 100-breast (1:07.90). The relay unit of Bailer, Vivian Minkemeyer, Ellen Denton and Becca Vaughan earned ninth-place finishes in a pair of relays - the 800-free relay (8:40.72) and the 200-medley relay (1:53.65).