DOVER, Del. - It's impossible to call a game in mid-December a must-win game, but for the Wesley College Women's Basketball team their rendezvous with Capital Athletic Conference foe York College will hold a lot of importance as the CAC standings continue to build.
The Wolverines are coming off of a home loss to conference opponent Frostburg State, a team that they swept last season. With the first semester coming to a close and the Wolverines playing their final conference game of the month, they need to find a way to win at York. Both teams hold a 1-2 mark in conference play and are tied for sixth in the standings. A win on Wednesday would move the Wolverines back to .500 in the standings and give them a leg up on the Spartans if they remain close in the standings come February.
Wesley will continue to lean on their three top scoring options in Alexus Stroud, Tiyanna Gibbs and Brionna Johnson. The three have combined to score 64.8% of Wesley's points so far this season, combining for 44.4 points per game. Stroud leads the conference in scoring at 17.0 points per game and has dropped 27 on multiple occasions this year. Monshea Newsome-Murray has emerged as a fourth scoring option for the Wolverines. The point guard has scored at least 12 points in three of her last four games and provided Wesley with another option on offense. The Wolverines will hope for more production off their bench. The team is averaging just 11.6 points off the bench this season, including just three bench points last time out.
The Wolverines will need to stop York's inside presence which begins with senior Sam Hruz. Hruz is averaging 9.8 points per game and a conference-best 11.0 rebounds per contest. At 6-1, Hruz will be a challenge for the Wesley forwards to deal with in the paint. On the perimeter, guards Morgan Kuehne and Katie Wagner each average double-digit scoring at 10.8 and 12.4 points per game, respectively. If the Wolverines can stifle the York offense and keep Hruz off the glass the Navy and White have a great chance at coming home with a conference win.
Wesley and York are scheduled to meet at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14 at YCP. Live coverage including stats, video, and radio broadcast will be provided by the York Sports Information Office.