HARRISBURG, Pa. – Wesley College's women's basketball team stayed alive in the Capital Athletic Conference playoff race with a 62-53 win at Penn State Harrisburg on Wednesday night. The Wolverines now stand at 11-13 overall and 7-10 in the CAC.
The Nittany Lions (4-20) held a small lead for most, but not all of the first half, and took a 34-30 lead into halftime. With 16:54 remaining in regulation, Penn State matched its largest lead of the night at 39-33 but Wesley went on a 15-0 run over the next six plus minutes which was capped off with a triple by Adriane Fraser, giving the Wolverines a 48-39 advantage with 10:20 left. Roniece Williams also made two-straight threes during the run to give the Wolverines back the lead.
Penn State closed to within four points with five-straight points but that would be as close as it would get as Brionna Johnson stopped the bleeding with a pair of free throws with Williams also making several shots from the stripe down the stretch to seal the win.
Three Wesley players finished in double figures with Tiyanna Gibbs tallying a team-high 15 points along with six assists, five rebounds and three steals. Williams also notched her first double-double of the season and fourth of her career with 14 points and 13 rebounds to go with five steals. Tiara White chipped in with ten points and Johnson added nine for the Wolverines who outshot the Lions, 33.9% to 29.4%, and forced 26 Penn State turnovers.
The Navy & White close out the regular season when it hosts Mary Washington at 1 pm on Saturday, February 21. Wesley will honor lone senior Roniece Williams, who will be playing in her final game at Wentworth Gymnasium, in a pregame ceremony.