Turnovers Prove Costly as Wolverines fall to Captains

Photo Credit: Gary Emeigh
Photo Credit: Gary Emeigh

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Wesley College women's basketball team took on another Capital Athletic Conference opponent on Saturday afternoon, but committed 28 turnovers on their way to a 82-42 loss to Christopher Newport.

Tiyanna Gibbs finished as the only Wolverine in double-digits with 15 points, while also snagging eight rebounds. The guard added a team-high three steals as well. Tiara White pulled in a team-high nine rebounds for the Wesley squad.

Wesley shot just 22.0% from the field, making 11 field goals in 50 attempts. The Wolverines were 1-for-18 from behind the arc and shot 19-for-30 from the foul line. CNU shot 42.2% from the floor and made 7 of their 21 three point attempts.

The first quarter opened at a breakneck pace with each team trying to establish a run-and-gun tempo. The two team traded baskets for the first few minutes before CNU gained a six-point lead. An Adriane Fraser three-pointer cut into the deficit, making it 14-11 with 6:12 remaining, but the Captains finished the quarter on an 18-9 run to take a 32-19 lead into the second quarter.

In the second frame, the Captains picked up where they left off expanding their lead with a 13-2 run to open the period. With 5:41 remaining in the second quarter, CNU had ballooned their advantage to 45-21. Wesley continued attacking the basket on the offensive end and got all of their second quarter points off of foul shots and points in the paint. At the half, the Captains led 52-30.

In the second half, Christopher Newport turned up the intensity on the defensive end, forcing the Wolverines into 15 second half turnovers while limiting them to just two field goals on 18 attempts. The Wesley offense was stifled, held to just 12 second half points as the Captains earned the 82-42 victory.

Wesley moves to 2-10 on the year with a 1-5 mark in the CAC and will play host to local rival Salisbury University on Wednesday at 6 p.m.