DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College women's basketball team fell at home, 65-54 to the Marywood Pacers in an Atlantic East Conference contest on Saturday.
Marywood jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, scoring the game's first three buckets. Following the early deficit, two 3-pointers drained by Angelique Gathers and a Shelby Johnson layup from gave Wesley the 8-7 advantage with 5:27 remaining in the quarter. Each team would exchange leads the rest of the quarter ending with Maywood taking a 17-16 lead at the end of the first.
The second quarter began much like the first, with Marywood scoring the first six points. Wesley would battle back by way of two layups by Monshea Newsome-Murray to be down by only three, 23-20 with just under five minutes remaining in the first half. Marywood would end the second quarter on a 15-7 run to take a 35-27 lead into the half.
Much of the second half saw Wesley attempting to chip away at Marywood's lead, but the Marywood defense held tough and would survive the Wesley comeback attempt. Wesley's 43-38 deficit with 6:18 remaining in the third quarter would be the closest they would get to the lead.
Newsome-Murray led Wesley with a team-high 18 points. She shot 8-of-20 from the field. Along with a game-high seven assists, Newsome-Murray added five rebounds and two steals.
Gathers ended the game with 17 points, six boards, a game-high two blocks in the loss. Johnson tallied 12 points with a team-high nine rebounds. Syndney Pedersen chipped in with five points of her own.
Natasha Hessling led Marywood with a game-high 20 points.
The Wolverines continue their Atlantic East homestand when they face the Cabrini Cavaliers on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Tipoff from Wentworth Gymnasium is set for 6 p.m.