DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Women's Basketball team held a 51-47 advantage with 5:55 left in the contest on Wednesday evening at Wentworth Gym, but saw their lead slip away late in the fourth as the Wolverines fell to Penn State Harrisburg 69-57 in a Capital Athletic Conference battle.
Brionna Johnson led all scorers with 24 points, recording her 10th double-double of the season with 12 rebounds as well. Alexus Stroud chipped in with 10 points while Monshea Newsome-Murray finished with eight points and a team-high seven assists. The Wolverines made a season-low one three-point field goal on the night while the Nittany Lions drilled three, including two in the fourth quarter. Wesley struggled from the foul line as well, shooting just 38.6% (14-for-36) from the charity stripe.
Wesley began the game by outscoring PSU-Harrisburg in the opening quarter, taking a 16-14 lead after ten minutes. Tiyanna Gibbs netted five points while Johnson scored six points and grabbed six boards in the first quarter alone. In the second, the Nittany Lions regained the lead with a 10-1 run over the first 6:30. Wesley responded by earning several defensive stops, including a steal by Josette Smith that brought the crowd to its feet. The Wolverines netted seven straight points to cut the deficit to 25-24, but the visitors took a 27-25 advantage into the halftime break.
In the second half, the Wolverines looked confident as they held PSU-Harrisburg to just three minutes in the first six minutes to gain a 35-30 lead. By the end of the quarter the Nittany Lions cut it to one point, but Wesley held onto a 38-37 lead entering the fourth.
Over the first five minutes of the final frame, Wesley and the visitors traded buckets with neither team leading by more than four points. The final minutes of the game belonged to Penn State Harrisburg as they finished the game by going 5-for-6 from the field. Wesley on the other hand made just one field goal over that stretch as the Nittany Lions used their hot shooting to gain an insurmountable lead. Though the game was close throughout, Wesley fell to the visitors 69-57.
The Wolverines move to 6-18 on the year with a 5-12 mark in the CAC and will finish their regular season on Saturday as they host St. Mary's.