Women's basketball clashes with Immaculata to open Atlantic East play

Women's basketball clashes with Immaculata to open Atlantic East play

DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College women's basketball team opened up Atlantic East Conference play on Saturday and stumbled against the Immaculata Mighty Macs, 50-45 at home.

Immaculata went on a 9-0 run to start the game, Wesley would battle their way back throughout the first half, including a 16-5 run that would give Wesley a 16-14 lead into the second quarter.

Immaculata would regain the lead in the second quarter, taking a 28-22 lead into the halftime break.

Immaculata would stretch their lead to 13 points, but Wesley would cut the Immaculata lead down to 10 at the end of the third quarter.  

Wesley clawed their way back in the fourth quarter with a 12-6 run that ended with a Monshea Newsome-Murray layup to cut the Immaculata lead to four with 1:24 left in regulation. That was the closest Wesley would get to the lead as Immaculata's Amber Ballinger hit one of her two free throws to extend the lead to five with 34 seconds left and seal the victory for the Mighty Macs.  

Newsome-Murray led the scoring for Wesley with 15 points, including a perfect four-for-four from the free-throw line. Newsome-Murray added five rebounds, four assists and a game-high four steals.

Angelique Gathers added 14 points of her own, including knocking down three-of-five from beyond the arc.

Shelby Johnson recorded a game-high 13 rebounds and two blocks in the loss.

Wesley will be back in action on Sunday, Dec. 9 when they host the Salisbury Sea Gulls. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. from Wentworth Gymnasium.