Wesley Faces Tough Challenge against Catholic

Wesley Faces Tough Challenge against Catholic

DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Women's Basketball team will face one of its toughest opponents of the season when they travel to the nation's capital to take on Catholic University of America in a non-conference game on Sunday, December 18.

The Cardinals are 7-1 with their only loss coming on the road at Salisbury earlier in the month. The Wolverines will look to hand the Old Dominion Athletic Conference member their second loss of the year, and their first at home.

Catholic leans on senior combo Michelle DeSantis and Melissa Errico to provide the lion's share of their scoring. DeSantis is averaging 16.4 points per game while Errico has tallied 12.9 points per game so far this season to lead the team. DeSantis is shooting a whopping 59.6% from behind the arc and averaging two made three-pointers per game.

The Cardinals have played a very solid defensive game so far this year, limiting opponents to just 54.0 points per game while allowing their foes to shoot just 34.8 from the floor on the season. Catholic also averages more than 40.0 rebounds per game and fewer than 15.0 turnovers per game.

Wesley will need to have all systems at full-go on Sunday against the talented Cardinals, but the Wolverines have the talent to get it done. Alexus Stroud is averaging 16.1 points per game and averaging 2.2 made three-pointers per contest as well. The junior is shooting a team-best 84.1% from the free throw line as well. Brionna Johnson (14.2) and Tiyanna Gibbs (12.7) are also averaging double-digit scoring. Johnson led the team in their last outing with a double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

Wesley has scored 66.7 points per game this season, shooting 36.9% from the floor on the year. Monshea Newsome-Murray has dished out a squad-best 3.8 assists per game while Tiyanna Gibbs has averaged 7.9 rebounds per game, a team-high.

The Wolverines and Cardinals have not faced off since December 12, 2011 when Catholic came to Dover and handed Wesley a 69-49 defeat. Wesley will look to earn a victory on Sunday with tipoff scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Live coverage of the event will be provided by the Catholic University Sports Information Office.