Women’s basketball battles in back-and-forth contest with Arcadia

Women’s basketball battles in back-and-forth contest with Arcadia

GLENSIDE, Pa. – The Wesley College women's basketball team stumbled against the Arcadia Knights 79-77 on Sunday.

Wesley opened the game on a 9-0 run and both teams would exchange leads and ties throughout the first half. Arcadia would take a seven-point lead into the end of the first half.

Down by as much as eight in the third quarter, Wesley would battle back to take a one-point lead in the fourth quarter. The trend of tying and exchanging leads would continue throughout the rest of the game with neither team never seeing a lead of more than three points.

In the final seconds of the game coming out of a timeout, Stacey O'Neale drew a foul on a three-point attempt that sent her to the line. After making the first free throw and missing the second, Wesley would commit a lane violation on the intentional miss on the third free throw that resulted in a turnover that gave Arcadia the ball and sealed the victory.

Wesley was paced by the efforts of freshman forward Angelique Gathers. Gathers registered a career-high 21 points, including shooting a perfect five-for-five from beyond the arc and two-for-two from the foul line.

Three other Wesley players reached double-digit points. Sydney Pedersen tallied 13 points while Monshea Newsome-Murray scored 12 points, dished out a game-high eight assists and tied a game-high three steals. O'Neale added 11 points off the bench.

Shelby Johnson pulled down 11 rebounds, to tie a game-best and added eight points.

Wesley (1-3) are back in action Thursday, Nov. 29 when they host the King's (Pa.) College Monarchs. Tipoff from Wentworth Gymnasium is scheduled for 6 p.m.