YORK, Pa. - The Wesley College women's basketball team battled against Capital Athletic Conference rival York College on Wednesday night, but fell to their conference foe 74-54.
The Wolverines shot just 30.0% from the floor and just 14.3% from behind the arc as the squad saw its conference record move to 1-1 on the season. Tiyanna Gibbs led the team with 11 points while Brionna Johnson and Alexus Stroud each scored 10. Johnson and Monshea Newsome-Murray each grabbed a team-high seven rebounds while Brittney Kerns snagged a team-best three steals.
Both teams struggled with their shooting in the first quarter as the squads battled back and forth. The Wolverines held a lead with 1:37 remaining as Alli Schwandt made a pair of free throws to make it 10-9, but York ended the period with three straight points to take a 12-10 lead after one.
In the second quarter, York began to extend their lead by beginning the quarter on a 7-0 run. A clutch three-pointer from Stroud and back-to-back layups from Gibbs cut the deficit down to two points with 4:46 remaining. Wesley was held without a field goal for the final 4:46 of the first half though, and went into the locker room trailing 28-23.
In the third quarter, the Spartans stretched their lead to as many as 15, but Alexus Stroud hit a pair of key shots and Brionna Johnson battled inside to gain a pair of layups to keep the Wolverines within striking distance. Before the end of the period, Wesley had cut the lead back to single-digits and trailed 50-41.
Just three seconds into the fourth quarter Wesley started the scoring with an easy layup when Gibbs found Adriane Fraser for a score to cut the lead to seven points, but that was as close as the Navy and White would draw to their conference competitors. York finished the game on a 24-11 to close out the Wolverines, 74-54.
Wesley moves to 1-5 on the season and will return to action on Saturday, December 5 when they travel to Southern Maryland to take on another CAC foe St. Mary's College.