ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – Wesley College's women's basketball team battled back from 11 points down to send the game into overtime but fell at St. Mary's, 63-57, in a pivotal Capital Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon at the Seahawks' O'Brien ARC Arena. The Wolverines now stand at 10-13 overall and 6-10 in the CAC while SMC moves to 7-15 on the year and 7-9 in league play.
Brionna Johnson, who finished with a game-high 20 points, scored all five of Wesley's points in overtime; including a three which gave the Wolverines a 57-54 lead with 2:01 left in the extra session. The lead was short-lived as St. Mary's answered right back with a three and following a missed Wesley jumper, drained another to take a 60-57 lead with 27 ticks remaining.
Wesley was unable to respond as it turned the ball over, and after a Seahawks' free throw, missed a jumper as St. Mary's sealed the win with two more shots from the stripe.
The Wolverines looked to have all of the momentum going into the break as they closed the period on a 12-0 run after trailing 28-17 with 2:59 remaining in the half. Kiara Johnson sparked the Wesley run with five of her career-high 11 points off the bench to cut the deficit to 28-24. Brionna Johnson then made a three with just under a minute left and Roniece Williams (eight points) converted on a layup to give the Navy & White the lead going into the locker room.
St. Mary's opened the second half with five-straight points and the four point advantage was the largest for either team in the period. A layup by Brionna Johnson with 1:11 in regulation gave the Wolverines a 52-51 lead but the Seahawks evened the score on a free throw with 4 seconds left. Wesley was then unable to get a shot off with a chance to win in regulation, turning the ball over with two seconds left.
Tiara White was the other Wolverine to contribute on the offensive end, tallying nine points and a season-high 14 rebounds.
Wesley returns to action on Wednesday, February 18 at Penn State Harrisburg in a 6 pm tipoff.