Slow Start Source of Wolverines' Demise at York

Slow Start Source of Wolverines' Demise at York

YORK, Pa. - The Wesley College Women's Basketball team struggled to find the basket in the first quarter, falling to a large deficit in the initial frame, and could not recover as York pulled away for a 75-52 victory.

Brionna Johnson finished with a double-double, putting up 11 points and adding 11 rebounds. Tiyanna Gibbs scored 12 points and finished with three steals for Wesley. Alexus Stroud and Stacey O'Neale each added nine points for the Wolverines.

In the first quarter the Wolverines shot just 5.6% from the floor, going 1-for-18. The only made field goal for the Wolverines came on a three-pointer from Tiyanna Gibbs 2:13 into the game. Stacey O'Neale added a foul shot in the final seconds as Wesley trailed 20-4 after the first quarter.

In the second quarter the Wolverines shot the ball at a better clip, scoring 18 points. Chardae Booker-Hayes added her first points of the season on a putback layup to cut the York lead back to 15 points. A steal and transition layup by Newsome-Murray brought Wesley to within 11, but it was as close as the team would draw as York extended their lead to 41-23 at the half. 

Wesley battled hard in the third quarter to cut the lead back down to 15 points, but York finished the frame on an 11-0 run to gain their largest lead of the contest, taking a 29-point lead into the final quarter.

The Wolverines continued to fight in their last ten minutes, limiting the Spartan offense to just 11 points in the final quarter. Meanwhile, Wesley attacked the basket and earned several trips to the foul line to cut into the York lead. The Wolverines drew to within 18 points, mounting a 14-4 run to begin the fourth but could draw no closer, falling to York 75-52.

Wesley moves to 5-4 on the season and falls to 1-3 in the CAC. The squad will return to action on Sunday, December 18 when they travel to Catholic University for a non-conference contest.