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The West Liberty University women's basketball team battled league-leading Fairmont State to a virtual standstill for much of the night only to see the Falcons pull away down the stretch for a 72-63 win in a West Virginia Conference showdown at the ASRC.

The Hilltoppers (9-5, 7-3), who entered the game in third place in the WVIAC, had no answer for Falcon senior Kaitlin Snyder as the league's reigning Player of the Year poured in a game-high 31 points while grabbing 8 rebounds and handing out 4 assists.
"I thought we were beaten in all facets of the game," West Liberty head coach Lynn Ullom said. "We didn't play any team defense all night, executed very little team offense and let a great player pretty much score at will. This is as disappointed as I've been in a long time."
West Liberty controlled much of the first half, taking its largest lead of the night, 26-18, on a strong post move by Meghan Wiseman with just under 6 minutes remaining.
Snyder then keyed a 13-0 run by Fairmont State (11-3, 9-1), scoring 8 of the 13 points and capping the surge with a running jumper off the glass for a 31-26 Falcon lead as the clock ticked past the 2-minute mark.
West Liberty closed the gap to 34-32 at intermission and the game see-sawed back and forth for the first few minutes of the second half before the visitors gained the upper hand.
Emily Lohr put the Falcons ahead to stay, 47-46, with a driving layup at the 13:17 mark and Snyder followed with a conventional 3-point play for a 50-46 bulge.
The lead reached double-figures, 62-51, at 5:36 when Hallie Gunnoe dropped in a free throw after being fouled while swishing a 12-foot jumper.
A late Hilltopper run trimmed the gap to 68-63 with 24 seconds to go but Fairmont closed out the game at the charity stripe.
Hillary Southworth led the West Liberty scoring with 15 points while Wiseman added 14 points and 9 rebounds. Liz Flowers finished with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Hailey Garrett and Tiffany Nicholson backed Snyder with 16 and 12 points for the Falcons.
The Hilltoppers will try to get back on track Saturday with a 2 p.m. game at Concord.