"We said control the boards and we win the game," DeVane said.
State led the game at the outset and held a 17-11 advantage when Blanton went off glass at the 11:05 mark of the first half. Wesleyan, though, charged back to outscore the hosts 27-10 to finish the half. Conroy, a 5-8 junior guard, was a key with three 3-point goals.
The Bobcats extended their lead at the beginning of the second half to 15 at the 16:24 mark on an Allie Browne trey from the top of the key.
State did have one charge left. Jordan Brock, who finished with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting, fueled a rally. The hosts actually cut the lead to 51-48 on a Brock inside move.
Maxie, however, drilled a trey at the 10:41 mark to move her team back out to a 54-48 lead and the visitors were never headed. An Atavia Blake jumper around the 2-minute mark was the dagger. Blake finished with 14 points.
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