DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Women's Basketball team played another one of the Capital Athletic Conference's top squads extremely tight on Wednesday night at Wentworth Gymnasium, but saw York College pull away late as the Wolverines fell 72-62.
Alexus Stroud set a new career high in scoring for the second straight game, netting 22 points to follow up a 21-point performance on Monday evening at Southern Virginia. Brionna Johnson was limited to just four points, but grabbed 10 rebounds. Brittney Kerns scored 12 points while Tiyanna Gibbs netted 10 and led the team with five assists. Monshea Newsome-Murray swiped a team-best five steals for the Wolverines as well.
The game began at a breakneck pace with both teams pushing the tempo of the game for quick buckets. The squads traded buckets for the first few minutes, with Wesley taking a 12-10 lead on a Gibbs three. York took over with a 9-0 run, but was immediately answered with an 13-0 run by the Wolverines. Stroud scored 11 straight at one point for Wesley who took a 25-20 lead. The Spartans finished the quarter with eight straight to take a 28-25 lead into the break.
In the second quarter, Wesley was held to just 10 points but locked in on defense to hold the Spartans to only 11. The two teams combined for 13 turnovers in the second quarter alone as the squads battled into halftime. York held onto a 39-35 lead as the two squads retreated into the locker rooms.
The Wolverines opened the third quarter with a Kerns three, cutting the deficit to just one. A few minutes later the squad gained a 45-43 lead on a trio of Stroud free throws. Kerns drilled another three before the end of the frame but not before York could jump out to a 52-48 lead.
In the fourth, Wesley cut the lead to one point again. Kerns sliced and diced through the lane to get to the rim for a layup, making it 54-53 with 8:02 remaining. From there the Spartans took over. York notched 10 straight points as their lead ballooned to 64-53 and held off the Wolverines down the stretch, pulling off the 72-62 win over Wesley.
The Wolverines move to 5-15 on the season with a 4-9 mark in conference play. The squad will return to action on Saturday when they play host to Christopher Newport University in another CAC battle.