MIDDLETOWN, Pa. - The Wesley College women's basketball team entered Wednesday night's Capital Athletic Contest with a pair of back-to-back wins but saw their win streak snapped, falling to Penn State-Harrisburg 69-54.
Tiyanna Gibbs and Alexus Stroud scored 14 points apiece while Brionna Johnson had 11 points and nine rebounds for the Wolverines. The Navy and White forced 25 turnovers, but only shot 19-for-73 (26.0%) on the night.
The Wolverines fell behind in the opening quarter as the Nittany Lions opened the game on an 11-4 run, but a three-pointer from Adriane Fraser put them team within striking distance. The two teams entered the second quarter with PSU-Harrisburg leading 13-8.
In the second frame, the Wolverines fell behind by as many as nine points, trailing 27-18 with 2:49 to play, but a pair of steals by Monshea Newsome-Murray led the Wolverines to an 8-0 run as they pulled within one point in the final minute of the half. PSU-Harrisburg's Jasmine Yanich notched five points in the final 25 seconds of the quarter to give the home team a 32-26 lead at halftime.
Back-to-back layups from Tiara White and Tiyanna Gibbs pulled Wesley to within four points early in the third quarter, but the Nittany Lions responded in a big way. The home team held Wesley scoreless for the next 5:13 as they took off on a 10-0 to take a 44-30 lead. A three by Stroud and a layup by Gibbs kept the Wolverines in contention as they closed out the third trailing 48-37.
In the final frame, Wesley attacked the basket and earned several trips to the foul line. The team drew within six points with less than three minutes to go by sinking their shots at the charity stripe, but could not draw any closer. The Nittany Lions went a perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line to keep the Wolverines from mountin any sort of comeback, and closed out the game with a 69-54 win.
Wesley moves to 4-12 on the year with a 3-6 mark in conference play. The squad will travel to Southern Virginia in their next contest. The game is scheduled for Saturday, pending the incoming weather system.