WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Wesley College Women's Basketball team traveled to the nation's capital on Sunday afternoon for their last contest before the holiday. The Wolverines were dealt a loss by the Catholic University of America Cardinals, falling 75-55.
Brionna Johnson led the team with 13 points and five rebounds with two assists and a steal. Tiyanna Gibbs had a solid game with a team-high five assists to go with eight points and five rebounds. Paige Hailstock came off the bench for a career-high 11 points, shooting 4-for-7 from the floor and 2-for-4 from three.
The Wolverines got off the mark the way they wanted to with Johnson sinking a three-pointer on their first offensive posession to make it 3-0. The two teams played evenly for the first five minutes, but the Cardinals finished the quarter on a 19-8 run to take a 28-17 lead after the initial frame.
In the second quarter Wesley drew to within seven points on another Johnson three, making it 30-23 with 8:08 remaining in the half. After a made free throw, Chardae Booker-Hayes made a layup to cut the lead down further to five. The Cardinals responded with a 10-0 run to extend their lead back to 15 points. A concerted effort by the Wolverines cut into the lead, making it 44-33 at halftime.
In the third quarter the Wolverines struggled to put the ball in the basket, shooting just 1-for-15 from the floor. Alexus Stroud sunk the only field goal for the Wolverines in the quarter while Monshea Newsome-Murray and Adriane Fraser each netted a pair of free throws for the only Wesley points in the period.
The Wolverines outscored the Cardinals 16-13 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit that they had fallen into. Paige Hailstock came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring nine of her 11 points to give Wesley a chance. The squad trailed by as many as 28 points but the Wolverines finished on a 14-6 run to make it a 20-point deficit as time expired.
The Navy and White move to 5-5 on the season and will take off for the holidays. The squad will return to action on December 30 when they travel to Eastern University in Philadelphia.