FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - The Wesley College Women's Basketball team dug themselves a huge hole in the first quarter of Saturday's Capital Athletic Conference contest against Mary Washington and was unable to overcome the deficit as the Eagles downed the Wolverines 61-52.
Tiyanna Gibbs led the Wolverines with 14 points, while Alexus Stroud chipped in with 12 off the bench. Brionna Johnson grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds while Monshea Newsome-Murray snagged a squad-best three steals.
The Eagles dominated play in the first quarter, outscoring the Wolverines, 26-4. Newsome-Murray and Stroud each notched field goals for the Navy and White, serving as the team's only points in the quarter. The Eagles went 9-for-11 from the floor in the first quarter to jump out to an immense lead.
The Wolverines continued to struggle shooting the ball in the second quarter, going 6-for-27 from the floor in the first half, including 0-for-10 from behind the arc. Conversely, the Eagles kept scoring, tallying 41 first half points to take a 41-15 lead into the halftime break.
In the second half, Wesley did all it could to turn the tables. The squad hunkered down on defense to hold the Eagles to just eight third quarter points. After UMW began the quarter with five straight points, Wesley rattled off an 8-0 run over the next 6:23. At the end of the third, Wesley had chipped into the UMW lead, trailing 49-27.
In the fourth quarter the Wolverines sped up the pace of play and chipped away at the Eagles' lead, but by the time the squad had cut the lead to single-digits the final horn sounded as Wesley fell to the Eagles 61-52.
Wesley falls to 4-14 on the season with a 3-8 mark in conference play. The squad will return to Dover on Wednesday to play host to York College in another CAC matchup.