DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Women's Basketball team had four scorers in the double-digits as they earned their first Capital Athletic Conference victory with an 86-76 win over Southern Virginia University on Saturday afternoon.
Alexus Stroud led all scorers with 27 points, going 8-for-16 from the floor and 4-for-10 from behind the arc. Stroud also grabbed nine rebounds, dished off three assists and swiped a pair of steals. Brionna Johnson added 18 points while Tiyanna Gibbs and Monshea Newsome-Murray each scored 13 points.
The game remained close throughout, including 13 ties and 24 lead changes as the two teams battled back and forth in a fast-paced game. The key to the win for Wesley was attacking the basket. The Wolverines drew 29 fouls and shot 35 foul shots, making 25 of them, proving to be the difference.
The Wolverines opened with a 1-0 lead after a pre-game technical foul was issued to the Knights. The contest went back and forth throughout the first frame, with neither team leading by more than three points during the quarter. After ten minutes, Wesley trailed 26-25.
In the second quarter the struggle continued as neither team could mount a run to pull away from the other. Wesley trailed by three on the final possession of the first half, but Stacey O'Neale drilled one of her two three-pointers on the day with 44 seconds remaining to tie the game at 43-43 at the half.
The Knights opened the second half with back-to-back threes taking their largest lead of the game at 49-43 with 8:56 remaining in the quarter. The Wolverines battled back and took the lead midway through the quarter with a Stroud three. The squad finished the quarter on a 13-5 run to take a nine-point lead into the fourth quarter.
In the final frame the home team cut Wesley's lead down to three points with 4:10 to go. Alexus Stroud drilled another three-pointer to give Wesley a six-point cushion and sink the spirits of the Southern Virginia squad. In the final 3:30, Wesley went 3-for-3 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the foul line to increase their lead and hold off the pesky Knights for the 86-76 victory.
The Wolverines improve to 5-2 on the season, their best start to a season since the 2010-11 season (5-3). The squad will return to action after finals week, taking on Frostburg State on Dec. 11.