Lone Senior Leads Wolverines to Victory

Tiara White's Final GamePhoto Credit: Shakira Johnson
Tiara White's Final GamePhoto Credit: Shakira Johnson

DOVER, Del. - On a day dedicated to her career wearing Navy and White, Wesley College Women's Basketball senior Tiara White had her best game of the season, scoring 13 points and grabbing 14 rebounds to lead Wesley to a 63-58 victory over St. Mary's College of Maryland on Saturday afternoon.

The senior was one of four Wolverines to finish in double-digits as Monshea Newsome-Murray led the team with a career-high 17 points. The freshman also finished with eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Alexus Stroud finished with 15 while Brionna Johnson netted 10 and pulled down 12 rebounds for her 11th double-double of the season.

The Wolverines kept control of the ball and dictated the tempo of the game, forcing the Seahawks into 20 turnovers, eight of them coming on Wesley steals. Wesley attacked the paint from the get-go, with Johnson and White each scoring six points in the first quarter. The two forwards netted most of their points from the high post and the block as the Wolverines went ahead 16-11 in the first frame.

In the second quarter, the Wolverines extended their lead outscoring the Seahawks 12-11. Nina Haller created havoc on the Wolverines' interior, scoring eight points from SMCM in the second, but St. Mary's received very little offensive output from the rest of the team in the frame. At the half, Wesley held a 28-22 advantage.

In the third quarter, the Seahawks cut the lead to just one point three minutes in, but the Wolverines responded with an 8-0 run. Monshea Newsome-Murray netted eight of the Wolverines' 16 third-quarter points as the Navy and White held onto a six-point lead entering the fourth quarter.

In the final frame, St. Mary's started on a 6-0 run to tie the game. Over the next three minutes the Wolverines went on a 13-6 run to regain a seven-point advantage, capped by a crucial three-pointer from Brittney Kerns. The shot made the score 57-50 with just under three minutes remaining. In the final minutes, Wesley went a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line, including 4-for-4 by White, to seal the win over the Seahawks.

The Wolverines finish their regular season with a 7-19 mark, and a 6-12 record in conference play. Wesley graduates White, a three-year letterwinner but returns the rest of the team. White finishes her career in the top-15 in program history in career rebounds despite only playing three years for the Wolverines.