DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College women's basketball team battled hard for the entire 40 minutes on Sunday against Arcadia, but were hampered by foul trouble in the second half as the Knights pulled away for a 62-55 victory at Wentworth Gym.
Brionna Johnson finished with 13 points to lead the Wesley offense and pulled in seven rebounds while Monshea Newsome-Murray grabbed eight boards and scored seven. Tiyanna Gibbs added 10 points and five rebounds for the Wolverines as they fell to their fourth straight defeat.
Wesley shot 31.5% from the floor, but held their opponent to a modest percentage as well, limiting the Knights to just 34.9% shooting. The Wolverines sunk seven three-pointers but shot just 50% from the free throw line, going 14-for-28. The Knights capitalized, going 15-for-19 from the charity stripe.
Wesley has found success in transition so far this season, but was limited to just two fast break points over the course of the game. The Knights won the rebounding battle 52-37 and took advantage with 14 second-chance points while Wesley had just two points off offensive rebounds.
The first quarter saw the Wolverines open up their largest lead of the game, jumping ahead 17-8 on a Gibbs layup. The home team allowed the Knights back into the game before the end of the frame as Arcadia outscored the Navy and White 10-2 before the break. Alexus Stroud picked off an Arcadia pass setting up Newsome-Murray for an easy lay-in, making it 19-18 after the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Arcadia opened up a nine-point lead with a 12-2 run to begin the period. The Wolverines clawed their way back into contention with the long ball, getting a pair of threes from Gibbs and Alli Schwandt to cut into the lead. The Wolverines tied the game at 33-33 on a Newsome-Murray layup and traded baskets the rest of the way. At the half, the score remained tied 37-37.
After halftime, the Knights jumped out to a lead by feeding their forwards. Valerie DiMuro, who missed the majority of the first half with two fouls, scored seven straight points for the visiting team as they took a 46-37 lead to begin the second half. After a Wesley timeout, the Wolverines came out and drilled three straight three-pointers to cut the Arcadia lead down to 49-48. The Knights ended the quarter with four straight points to take a five-point lead into the final frame.
In the fourth quarter, the Wolverines failed to make a field goal, shooting 0-for-11 from the floor. The squad still generated some offense though, getting to the foul line 14 times. The Wolverines struggled from the line as well though, making just seven of their chances down the stretch allowing the Knights to retain the lead. Newsome-Murray and the Wolverine defense kept the team in contention forcing five Arcadia turnovers, including three steals by the freshman point guard but it wasn't enough to regain the lead. After the final whistle, Wesley fell 62-55.
The Wolverines fall to 1-4 on the season and will take to the road for the entire month of December. The team travels to Capital Athletic Conference rival York (Pa.) to take on the Spartans on Wednesday, December 2.