Wolverines Slowed by Bobcats in Conference Battle

Wolverines Slowed by Bobcats in Conference Battle

DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Women's Basketball team couldn't connect from beyond the arc as they have for most of this season, shooting just 2-for-10 for three while Frostburg State University led by Victoria Diggs' 34 points earned a 72-65 win over the Wolverines.

Tiyanna Gibbs led the Wolverines with a monster double-double, scoring 16 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. Alexus Stroud had 16 points while Brionna Johnson added 15 and nine rebounds. Monshea Newsome-Murray had 12 points and added four steals and two blocks on the defensive end. 

Diggs led the Bobcats with 34 points on 12-for-17 shooting, including 7-for-9 from behind the arc. The diminutive guard was a perfect 5-for-5 from three in the first half as the Wolverines struggled to solve the Bobcats' top scoring threat. 

Frostburg jumped ahead with a 12-2 run to begin the game. Wesley answered with eight straight points to come within two but the Bobcats' Amanda Emory netted a three-point play at the end of the quarter to take a 15-10 advantage. 

The second frame was much better for the Wolverines, especially offensively. Wesley netted 23 points in the second quarter alone, shooting 9-for-17 from the floor. Alexus Stroud tied the game at 16-16 at the 8:12 mark with a three and Newsome-Murray gave them an 18-16 lead with a mid-range jumper. A Diggs three with 3:44 left put Wesley down five but the Wolverines finished the half with a spurt, using an 11-2 run to take a 33-29 lead into the halftime break.

In the second half, Wesley saw their lead slip away quickly. Just under two minutes into the half, Frostburg tied the game on a Diggs three. The Wolverines built their lead back up with big baskets from Gibbs and Johnson, but led by only one entering the fourth quarter.

In the final frame, the Bobcats took over by playing stifling defense and forcing Wesley into five turnovers and a 5-for-15 shooting clip in the quarter. Wesley trailed by three midway through the quarter, but Newsome-Murray got to the basket and completed a three-point play to tie it with 5:04 left. Back-to-back buckets from Frostburg put them ahead by five, but Paige Hailstock and Brionna Johnson responded with a pair of scores to make it 66-65 with 2:13 left. 

In the final two minutes, the Wolverines scored just one time as the Bobcats 5-for-6 from the foul line in the final seconds and grabbed an offensive rebound on their only miss to seal the loss for Wesley.

The Wolverines fall to 5-3 on the year with a 1-2 mark in the CAC. The team will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to York College.