DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Women's Basketball team started slow but finished strong to earn a 72-59 victory over Rosemont College in a non-conference contest at Wentworth Gymnasium Tuesday night.
Smyrna natives Brionna Johnson and Alexus Stroud each scored 20 points to lead the Wolverines to the win. Tiyanna Gibbs poured in 12 and Brittney Kerns added 11 as the team handed Rosemont their first loss of the season. Monshea Newsome-Murray had a solid all-around game, scoring six points, recording six steals, handing out five assists and snatching nine rebounds. Maura Binkley gave the Wolverines a strong presence in the paint off the bench, grabbing three rebounds and swatting a team-high two blocks.
The Wolverines started slow, trailing by as many as seven points in the first quarter. Johnson scored the Navy and White's first five points but found herself in foul trouble picking up two fouls in the first quarter. Binkley came off the bench and made an impact, netting a jumper and swatting a shot on back-to-back possessions helping Wesley cut the lead to three points by the end of the period.
In the second quarter Wesley focused on attacking the rim and getting in the paint to manufacture easy buckets. The squad scored 11 of their 15 second quarter points on layups and foul shots to take a 27-26 lead into the halftime break.
In the third quarter, the Ravens and Wolverines battled back and forth with five lead changes and three ties in the fram alone. Wesley's largest lead of the quarter came with 2:22 remaining when a steal by Newsome-Murray set up Johnson for a fast break layup to make it 44-40, but Rosemont closed out the period on a 5-0 run to take a one-point lead into the fourth.
Johnson got the offense going in the fourth quarter, scoring the team's first four points of the frame to get Wesley out ahead. The senior forward muscled her way into the paint for an offensive rebound and finished a layup with a defender hanging on her to make it 52-49. The senior missed the and-one opportunity, but Newsome-Murray grabbed the offensive rebound allowing Wesley to reset the offense. Moments later Tiyanna Gibbs kicked out to Stroud on the perimeter, who drilled a three-pointer to give Wesley a five-point possession and make it 55-49.
From that point on Wesley never looked back, expanding their lead with a 17-10 run to end the game. The Wolverines came into the contest shooting just 52.4% from the free throw line, but shot 11-for-17 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter, including 6-for-8 in the final minute to seal the game.
The Wolverines improve to 3-1 on the season and will travel to Arcadia on Sunday, November 27.