Costly Fourth Quarter Sinks Wolverines

Photo Credit: Gary Emeigh
Photo Credit: Gary Emeigh

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. - The Wesley College women's basketball team held a slim lead going into the fourth quarter of their contest Saturday afternoon against Bridgewater State University, but were outscored by the Bears 23-14 in the final frame as they fell 67-60.

Tiyanna Gibbs led the Wolverines with 22 points while Brionna Johnson grabbed her second straight double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Monshea Newsome-Murray netted 10 points, adding eight rebounds, four steals, and six assists.

The Wolverines got off to a slow start, trailing 16-6 after the first quarter. The team finished the first half shooting just 19.2% (5-for-26) but made up for it by sinking 11 foul shots and playing staunch defense. The Navy and White forced the Bears into 13 first half turnovers. At the halftime break, the Wolverines trailed 28-21. 

In the second half, Gibbs led the Wolverines to the lead, going 7-for-9 from the floor, including 4-for-6 from behind the arc. Gibbs' hot shooting combined with Johnson's tenacity on the boards led to the Navy and White outscoring Bridgewater 25-16 in the third quarter and gave the Wolverines a 46-44 lead heading into the fourth quarter. 

In the final frame, the Wolverines suffered from turnovers and missed layups, allowing the Bears to get off to a 21-0 run. It took Wesley over six minutes to score in the fourth quarter, but by then the team trailed 65-46 and couldn't make up the ground they had lost. The Wolverines battled to the end, finishing the game on a 14-2 run, but the deficit was too large as the squad took the 67-60 defeat.

Wesley moves to 1-2 on the season and will return to action on Tuesday, November 24 when they travel to Widener University to take on the Pride in a non-conference game.