Women’s basketball outlasts Penn St.-Harrisburg in overtime

Women’s basketball outlasts Penn St.-Harrisburg in overtime

DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College women's basketball team survived a late comeback and overtime from the Penn St.-Harrisburg and picked up a 72-67 Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) win over the Lions to sweep the season series.

Penn St.-Harrisburg got out to an early 13-10 lead at end of the first quarter, but Wesley shut down the Penn St.-Harrisburg holding the Lions to three second-quarter points to take the 30-16 lead into halftime.

Wesley had to stave off foul trouble in the second half and was holding on desperately to their lead in the waning moments of regulation. Penn St.-Harrisburg's Shanique Mattis would hit two free throws to tie the game with four seconds left in regulation. Wesley had one last possession at the end of regulation, but Tiyanna Gibbs' desperation half-court three-pointer hit off the backboard to send the game to overtime.

Wesley showed plenty of heart with four out five players on the court in the overtime period from off the bench. The two teams traded free throws in the beginning of the overtime, then Gibbs nailed a jump shot to give Wesley the 63-61 lead with three minutes left in the game. Wesley hit their free throws and was able to prevent the offensive rebound to seal the conference victory.

Four Wolverines netted double figures in the win. Monshea Newsome-Murray led the Wolverines with 21 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Gibbs tallied 16 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Stacey O'Neale notched 15 points off the bench while Shelby Johnson registered 14 points and reeled in eight boards. Maura Binkley collected 10 rebounds in the win.

Tessa Dolce had 28 points and 14 rebounds for the Lions.

The Wolverines will welcome the No. 10/13 Christopher Newport Captains to Wentworth Gymnasium on Saturday to wrap u their three-game road swing. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m.