DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College women's basketball team fought hard in their regular season finale but were victims of a second-half comeback, 80-73 against the Neumann Knights in Atlantic East Conference action on Saturday.
Wesley started the game off on a 13-2 run in the first five minutes of the game, highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers from Angelique Gathers to give Wesley the early lead. Neumann got out an 11-4 run of their own in the remaining four and a half minutes of the first quarter to close the gap to 17-13.
Wesley regained their stroke from the field at the beginning of the second quarter to stretch their lead to their lead to 12 with 6:09 left in the half when Gathers buried a three on the fast break. Neumann chipped away at the lead, but Wesley took a 37-31 lead into the halftime break.
Neumann went back-and-forth with Wesley in the third quarter with the lead exchanging hands three times in the third but Neumann was able to take a 52-50 lead into the final quarter.
Back-to-back Nafisa Saunders layups and a converted and-one would allow Neumann to start the fourth quarter on an 8-2 run to push their lead to 60-52 with 8:25 to go in the game. Wesley showed off their heart to regain the lead with an 11-2 run to take the lead 61-60 with 6:54 left in regulation when Monshea Newsome-Murray knocked down a jumper from the free-throw line.
Wesley allowed Neumann to retake the lead two possession later when Chelsea Keebler made a 3-pointer to out the Knights ahead 63-61. Neumann would hold on to the lead for the rest of the game and stymie the upset bid by the Wolverines.
In their final game in a Wesley uniform, Monshea Newsome-Murray and Stacey O'Neale both scored double figures. Newsome-Murray led Wesley with a team-high 22 points while O'Neale tallied 11 points. Newsome-Murray added six assists, six rebounds and five steals.
Angelique Gathers notched her first collegiate double-double with 21 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. All five of her field goals made were from beyond the three-point line. SherVohnia Tolson reeled in 10 rebounds to match her season-high.
Maia Bryson and Nafisa Saunders both scored 28 points for Neumann.
The Wolverines finish the 2018-19 season 5-20 overall and 0-12 in the Atlantic East Conference