Roundup: Wesley men, women fall to Marymount in CAC doubleheader

Photos Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

In their first game against a Capital Athletic Conference opponent this season, the Wesley College men’s basketball team fell 73-61 to rival Marymount University on Wednesday night at Wentworth Gymnasium.

The Wesley women’s team (4-2) also fell to Marymount 83-71, falling to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in the CAC..

Evan Anderson led the Wolverines with 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting while Rasahn Brinkley added 13 points off the bench. Leading scorer JW Lawson was held to six points as the Wolverines were forced to find other ways to put the ball in the hoop.

Marymount applied fullcourt pressure to the Wolverines throughout the game, slowing the pace and forcing Wesley turnovers.

Wesley led for the first 10 minutes of the game, but the momentum shifted midway through the first half and the Saints grabbed the lead. Marymount triggered a 9-0 run to take a 24-17 advantage at the 6:16 mark and never trailed from that point. Wesley drew back to within two points but finished the first half trailing 33-27.

In the second half, Marymount extended their lead with a 6-0 run in the first few minutes. Back-to-back three-pointers from Anderson and Brian Cameron drew the Wolverines to within six points, but the Saints had an answer to every punch the Wolverines threw.

Michael Anderson led the Saints’ second half offense, waking up for 16 points in the period on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting performance. As a team, the Saints shot 66.7% in the second half (14-for-21) to pull away and hang on for the 73-61 victory.

Wesley moves to 1-4 on the season with an 0-1 mark in conference play. The team will travel to Southern Virginia University on Saturday for another CAC contest.

Streak snapped for Wesley women

The Wesley College women’s basketball team saw their three-game winning streak come to an end on Wednesday night as they fell 83-71 to Capital Athletic Conference foe Marymount University at Wentworth Gymnasium.

Brionna Johnson finished with 16 points on 4-for-6 shooting while Alexus Stroud netted 19 to lead the Wolverines. Brittney Kerns had a solid showing, scoring 11 points as well. The Wesley defense forced Marymount into 20 turnovers, but the team struggled with the Marymount forwards as the Saints mounted up 42 points in the paint to overcome the Wolverines.

Wesley looked out of sync in the first quarter falling behind 9-0 in the first three minutes, but rebounded with a pair of threes from Paige Hailstock and Alexus Stroud to get the offense going. The Wolverines scored 17 points in the frame, but couldn’t stop the Saints’ inside attack, trailing 22-17 after the frame.

Turnovers and second-chance opportunities plagued the Wolverines in the second quarter as Marymount grabbed seven offensive rebounds and forced Wesley into seven turnovers in the frame. The Wolverines went into halftime trailing 41-32.

In the third quarter, Brionna Johnson ignited the offense as the Wolverines’ senior scored 10 points in the frame to help the home team cut down the deficit. With 1:23 to go in the third, Johnson drilled a pair of free throws to make it 55-52, bringing Wesley within three. The Saints finished the quarter on a 4-0 run to widen the gap to seven entering the fourth.

The final quarter played out with the Wolverines falling victim to Marymount’s inside attack. Forwards Kiki Laux and Nicole Viscuso dominated the paint, combining for 14 fourth quarter points to sink Wesley’s hopes of grabbing a comeback win. A three-pointer by Stroud brought Wesley within four points to open the quarter, but that was as close as the Navy and White would draw as Marymount pulled away in the final minutes.

Wesley moves to 4-2 on the season and begins their CAC campaign at 0-1. The squad will travel to scenic Buena Vista, Va. on Saturday to take on CAC foe Southern Virginia University.

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