Johnson's Double-Double not Enough for Wolverines

Photo Credit: Gary Emeigh
Photo Credit: Gary Emeigh

ROSEMONT, Pa. - The Wesley College women's basketball team received a few stellar individual efforts, but it was not enough to earn a non-conference road victory at Rosemont College on Monday night as the Wolverines fell 84-74.

Brionna Johnson posted her first double-double of the new year, netting 18 points and securing 10 rebounds while Monshea Newsome-Murray scored 12 points and Alexus Stroud notched 15 points off the bench. Stroud also dished out a team-high five assists while Alli Schwandt swatted a team-best three shots.

The Wolverines shot 29-for-78, going 37.2% from the floor and shot 7-for-30 from behind the arc. Rosemont shot 34-for-64 on the night, 53.1%, and hit eight of their 16 three-point attempts. The Wolverines lost the rebounding battle 43-41 and assisted on just 16 of their 29 field goals while the Ravens earned 23 assists.

Wesley dug themselves a hole in the first quarter that they were never able to escape. The Navy and White trailed 23-13 after the first frame as the squad allowed Rosemont to go 11-for-17 from the floor in the first quarter. The Ravens hot shooting allowed them a comfortable lead.

In the second quarter the Wolverines trailed by as many as 17 points before making a comeback. Maura Binkley downed a putback to spur a 9-0 run. Monshea Newsome-Murray added a pair of layups and Stroud drilled a three as the Wolverines cut the lead to 37-29 with 3:18 remaining in the first half. The Ravens extended their lead back out to 15 points, and had the ball for the period's final possession. With time running out, Stacey O'Neale stole the ball and found Brittney Kerns for a buzzer-beating three to give the Wolverines some momentum despite trailing 46-34 at the half.

In the third, the two teams traded baskets with both squads netting 21 points in the frame. Every time that Rosemont went on a run to extend their lead, Wesley came charging back with a run of their own to stay within contention. 

The fourth quarter was a grind for the Navy and White as they tried to claw their way back to level ground. The squad cut the Rosemont lead to just seven points midway through the quarter. Stroud pulled down a defensive rebound and carried it up court to find Schwandt for a layup and a foul. The forward sunk the foul shot to complete the three-point play, making the score 75-68. That was as close as the Wolverines would draw as the Ravens finished the game on a 9-6 run to close out the contest.

Wesley moves to 2-11 on the season and will return to Capital Athletic Conference play on Wednesday when the squad battles Salisbury University at 6 p.m.