Roundup: Strong finish lifts Wesley women’s hoop team to 72-59 win

The Wesley College women’s basketball team started slow but finished strong to earn a 72-59 victory over Rosemont in a nonconference contest at Wentworth Gymn on Tuesday night.

Smyrna High grads Brionna Johnson and Alexus Stroud each scored 20 points to lead the Wolverines (3-1). Tiyanna Gibbs poured in 12 and Brittney Kerns added 11.

In the fourth quarter, Johnson muscled her way into the paint for an offensive rebound and finished a layup with a defender hanging on her to make it 52-49. The senior missed the and-one opportunity, but Monshea Newsome-Murray grabbed the offensive rebound allowing Wesley to reset the offense.

Moments later Gibbs kicked out to Stroud on the perimeter, who drilled a three-pointer to give Wesley a five-point possession and make it 55-49.

From that point on Wesley never looked back, expanding their lead with a 17-10 run to end the game. The Wolverines shot 11-for-17 from the foul line in the fourth quarter, including 6-for-8 in the final minute, to seal the win.

Delaware 66, Princeton 62: The Blue Hens (4-0) remained unbeaten, building a nine-point lead before holding off the Tigers.

Senior guard Erika Brown recorded team-highs of 16 points and eight rebounds. She knocked down two free throws with five seconds left and the Hens clinging to a two-point lead.

Delaware’s Sadé Chatman, who added 12 points and eight rebounds, also hit two free throws with two seconds left to ice the victory and help the Hens improve to 4-0 for the first time since the 2011-12 season.

Freshman guard Bailey Kargo contributed a career-high 14 points, Nicole Enabosi added 10 points, five rebounds, and three blocks, and Hannah Jardine knocked down three three-pointers and finished with nine points for Delaware.

Hofstra 66, Delaware State 44: The Hornets hit less than one third of their shots, going just 2-of-19 from three-point range in the nonconference loss.

The Hornets (1-4) shot 29.0 percent from the field (20-for-69). The cold shooting even found its way to the free throw line, where DSU hit just two of 10 attempts.

Freshman Gennell Addison came off the bench to lead Delaware State with a career-high nine points.

DSU’s NaJai Pollard was held to eight points on 4-of-12 shooting from the field, although she did lead the Hornets with 12 rebounds, marking the fourth time in five games that she has reached double figures in boards. Pollard was averaging 24.8 points entering the contest.

College football

Hens put seven on all-CAA: Led by first-team selection Charles Bell at linebacker, the Delaware placed seven players on the All-Colonial Athletic Association all-star teams announced by the league office on Tuesday.

Senior offensive lineman Connor Bozick, junior center Brody Kern, junior defensive tackle Bilal Nichols and sophomore linebacker Troy Reeder each were named to the second team while junior running back Wes Hills and sophomore cornerback Nasir Adderley were third-team selections.

Bell, a junior linebacker, Bozick, Kern, and Nichols each were named to the All-CAA team for the second straight year. Only Bozik is a senior.

Bell led Delaware in tackles for the second straight year as he recorded 94 stops (38 solo) to go with a team-high 11.5 tackles for loss. He also had a quarterback sack, intercepted a pass, had two pass breakups, recovered one fumble, and forced another.

Mike Houston, who led James Madison to the CAA title in his first season at the helm, was named CAA Coach of the Year while his quarterback, Bryan Schor, was named Offensive Player of the Year. Villanova defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon was selected Defensive Player of the Year.

College soccer

Hens’ Sampson honored: Ben Sampson, a five-year standout for the Delaware men’s soccer program, was named the Academic All-American of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Tuesday.

He becomes only the second student-athlete in Delaware history to earnthe award, joining former women’s basketball All-American, current WNBA star, and Olympic gold medalist Elena Delle Donne, who was honored in consecutive years in 2012 and 2013.

No Colonial Athletic Association school has had more than one student-athlete earn the award and Sampson is the first CAA men’s soccer player to be honored.

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