Turnovers Costly as Mary Washington Pulls Away Late From Women’s Hoops

Turnovers Costly as Mary Washington Pulls Away Late From Women’s Hoops

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – After rallying from an 18-point deficit to just a two-possession game in the closing minutes, Wesley College's women's basketball team could not get over the hump as it fell at Mary Washington, 86-68, on Saturday afternoon at the Anderson Center. The Wolverines now stand at 7-5 overall with a 3-3 mark in the Capital Athletic Conference while the Eagles improve to 9-4 on the year and 5-1 in the CAC.

Brionna Johnson led Wesley with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting along with nine rebounds to finish a rebound shy of a double-double.  Johnson had 13-straight double-doubles dating back to last year with a pair to close out her freshman season before opening the 2014-15 season with a NCAA-leading 11 consecutive.

Three other Wolverines finished in double figures, led by Alexus Stroud who tallied 15 points with four triples, as well as Roniece Williams (11 points) and Brittney Kerns (ten points).

Despite the balanced scoring Navy & White attack which featured a season-high 13 3-pointers, Wesley turned the ball over 22 times which led to 34 Eagles points.  The easy baskets helped Mary Washington shoot 59.3% from the field compared to 44.9% from the Wolverines.

Wesley fell behind, 60-42 with 13:49 left in regulation but the Wolverines came back in a hurry thanks to some great shooting from downtown, sinking five threes over the next 11-plus minutes to cut the deficit to just six points with 6:11 remaining. 

Mary Washington, who got a game-high 21 points from Brianne Comden, however stepped up the defense and forced four-straight Wolverines turnovers and quickly upped its lead back to 18 with a 13-1 run that spanned almost five minutes.

Wesley hosts a pair of CAC games next week, starting with Penn State Harrisburg on Wednesday, January 14 at 6 pm.