O'Neale's record-setting day leads women’s basketball over St. Elizabeth

Photo by Joy Cheatham
Photo by Joy Cheatham

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – The Wesley College women's basketball team ended 2017 on a high note by taking down the St. Elizabeth Eagles, 66-61 in non-conference action on Tuesday.

Wesley was down 35-31 at the half to St. Elizabeth. Wesley used 3-pointers and timely free throw shooting to keep themselves in the game.

In a game that saw five ties and 15 lead changes, Wesley got up for good when Stacey O'Neale buried a 3-pointer on an assist from Paige Hailstock to give Wesley the 61-60 lead with 3:11 remaining in the game. Two Tiyanna Gibbs' field goals and free throws by O'Neale late in the game put the game on ice for Wesley.

O'Neale had the hot hand for the Wolverines, setting a new career-high scoring total with 29 points on 9-of-11 shooting from 3-point range. Her nine 3-pointers set a new single-game record for Wesley breaking the previous record of seven held by Kim Smith, which she set three times during the 1999-00 season.

Gibbs was a rebound away from a double-double, notching 12 points with nine rebounds, three assists and a steal.

Shelby Johnson pulled down a season-best 14 rebounds, six of which were offensive rebounds. Johnson also added nine points.

Monshea Newsome-Murray recorded nine rebounds, eight points, seven assists and two steals. Hailstock chipped in with six points and three steals in the win.

Deja Ingram had 28 points and 16 rebounds for St. Elizabeth.

The Wolverines will be back in action after the holiday break when they resume conference play to take on the Mary Washington Eagles on the road on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.