FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – After rallying from an 18-point deficit to just a two-possession game in the closing minutes, Wesley College's women's basketball team could not get over the hump as it fell at Mary Washington, 86-68, on Saturday afternoon at the Anderson Center. The Wolverines now stand at 7-5 overall with a 3-3 mark in the Capital Athletic Conference while the Eagles improve to 9-4 on the year and 5-1 in the CAC.
Brionna Johnson led Wesley with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting along with nine rebounds to finish a rebound shy of a double-double. Johnson had 13-straight double-doubles dating back to last year with a pair to close out her freshman season before opening the 2014-15 season with a NCAA-leading 11 consecutive.
Despite the balanced scoring Navy & White attack which featured a season-high 13 3-pointers, Wesley turned the ball over 22 times which led to 34 Eagles points. The easy baskets helped Mary Washington shoot 59.3% from the field compared to 44.9% from the Wolverines.
Wesley fell behind, 60-42 with 13:49 left in regulation but the Wolverines came back in a hurry thanks to some great shooting from downtown, sinking five threes over the next 11-plus minutes to cut the deficit to just six points with 6:11 remaining.
Mary Washington, who got a game-high 21 points from Brianne Comden, however stepped up the defense and forced four-straight Wolverines turnovers and quickly upped its lead back to 18 with a 13-1 run that spanned almost five minutes.
Wesley hosts a pair of CAC games next week, starting with Penn State Harrisburg on Wednesday, January 14 at 6 pm.