CHESTER, Pa. - The Wesley College women's basketball took an early lead, but could not hang onto it as they fell 73-55 to Widener University in a non-conference tilt on Tuesday evening.
Brittney Kerns and Alexus Stroud paced the Wesley offense with 13 points apiece, while Brionna Johnson earned her third straight double-double with 11 points and 11 boards. Monshea Newsome-Murray was held to just two points on the night, but led the team with five assists and four steals.
Wesley got out to a fast start, outscoring the Pride 12-2 in the opening minutes. Brittney Kerns, Tiyanna Gibbs, Alexus Stroud, and Brionna Johnson each drilled a three-pointer to start the Wolverines off on the right foot. The Navy and White finished the first quarter with a 16-7 lead.
The Wolverines battled to maintain their lead in the second quarter, withstanding a cold shooting streak while the Pride shot 7-for-15 in the quarter. Wesley saw their lead slip away, but an Alexus Stroud layup in the final minute gave the team a 30-28 lead at the half.
In the third quarter, Widener immediately jumped out to a lead, opening the frame with a 14-1 run. The Wolverines were outscored 20-7 in the third and were never able to recover. The Pride continued to pour on the offense in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Wolverines 25-18 to earn the 73-55 win.
Wesley moves to 1-3 on the season and will take off for the Thanksgiving break. The Wolverines will return to action on Sunday, November 29 when they play host to Arcadia University in another non-conference battle.