SALISBURY, Md. – A furious second-half rally and a game-high 21 points by Roniece Williams was not enough as the Wesley College women's basketball team fell at Salisbury University, 64-58, on Wednesday evening. The Wolverines fall to 4-18 overall and 1-12 in the Capital Athletic Conference while the Sea Gulls move to 14-8 on the year and 9-4 in league play.
Williams made 9-of-18 shots from the floor along with a pair of threes to record her first-ever 20 point game as a collegian. The Seaford, Del., native, also grabbed seven rebounds and was credited with two assists, two blocks and two steals.
Freshman Brionna Johnson also added 20 points while making 5-of-10 field goals and 8-of-10 from the line and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. This marks the first time since March 7, 2009 that two Wolverines scored at least 20 points in a single game when Angie Owens and Colleen Thomas did so in a win at Manhattanville in the ECAC Semifinals.
Wesley actually outshot Salisbury for the game, 38.5% to 36.8% but Salisbury forced 27 turnovers and turned that into 26 points. The Sea Gulls also outscored the Wolverines, 16-0 in transition and grabbed 17 offensive rebounds which translated into 16 second-chance points.
Salisbury scored the final 13 points of the first half to take a 37-17 halftime lead and opened the second period with a three to take its largest lead, 40-17 with 19:43 left in regulation. Johnson and fellow newcomer Tiara White then led Wesley on 11-2 run over the next 3:32 and the Wolverines saw the differential drop into single digits with 7:36 remaining when Williams scored seven-straight points to make the score 54-45 in favor of the Sea Gulls.
Johnson then tallied a bucket to cut the deficit to seven but that would be as close as Wesley would get until Johnson made four three throws in the closing seconds.
The Wolverines return to action on Saturday, February 15 when they travel to Mary Washington for a 3 pm tipoff.