ASTON, Pa. – Smyrna native Brionna Johnson scored a career-high 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lift the Wesley College women's basketball team to a season-opening 77-68 victory over Kings (Pa.) in the Neumann University Tournament on Saturday afternoon at the Mirenda Center. The Wolverines will take on the host Knights in the Championship Game tomorrow at 4 pm.
Johnson made 10-of-27 shots from the floor including a three and 9-of-14 from the line on her career night. Johnson becomes the first Wesley player to score 30 points in a game since Jazmine Miller scored 30 against Centenary (N.J.) on December 22, 2011. Seven of Johnson's 17 boards came on the offensive end and she also swiped a game-high four balls.
Johnson also got help offensively from fellow returning starters Roniece Williams (11 points, five assists) and Tiara White who finished one points and one rebound shy of a double-double. Newcomers Alexis Stroud and Adriane Fraser added nine and eight points, respectively with Fraser hitting on a couple of triples.
Wesley, who led from start to finish, hounded the Monarchs defensively as well, forcing 20 turnovers which turned into 24 Wolverines points and holding Kings to just a 36.9% mark from the floor.
White got Wesley going early with four quick points to give the Navy & White a 6-0 lead but the Monarchs came back with two-straight triples to tie the score at six. Fraser then responded with a three and Wesley never looked back, eventually going on a 16-0 run to take a 31-13 lead with 6:45 left in the half.
The Wolverines led 43-22 at the half and after the Monarchs scored early in the second, Tiyanna Gibbs sank a pair of free throws and Johnson converted on three point play the old fashioned way to give Wesley its largest lead at 48-24 with 18:41 left in regulation.
King's did not go down without a fight, cutting the deficit to as little as six points with 12:25 left but Johnson retook control of the game, sparking a 15-3 run that lasted nearly five minutes of action to seal the win.