Lady Wildcats Hold Off Chaminade, 59-57 For First Win of Season
Wilmington 59, Chaminade 57
Thursday, November 24, 2011 - New Castle, DE
The Lady Wildcats of Wilmington University picked up a win in their first game in the Oahu Classic, as the ‘Cats held off Chaminade University 59-57 at McKinley High School.
It was a close contest out of the gates, as the two teams traded baskets for the game’s first three minutes. Chaminade (0-1) then scored six unanswered points to take a 14-7 lead just five minutes in. The Lady Swords held the advantage for the rest of the half, and extended their lead to as many as 12, using a 12-1 run over the period’s final six minutes. The ‘Cats went into the break trailing by ten, 30-20.
Wilmington (1-1) mounted a comeback to start the second half, starting the period on a 16-6 run to tie the game at 36 just six minutes in. The two teams stayed close, before an 8-1 Wildcat run gave the ‘Cats a 48-43 lead with just over seven minutes remaining. That lead would grow to as many as seven (57-50) with two minutes to play, but the Swords rallied down the stretch. Chaminade capitalized off three Wildcat turnovers and ran off seven unanswered points to tie the contest at 57 with 25 seconds remaining. Wilmington had the final possession and ran out the clock to eight seconds. Junior Janasie Simpkins drove down the lane and made a lay-up with three seconds left. Fouled on the play, she missed the chance to give the ‘Cats a three point lead, but a desperation three at the buzzer from the Swords did not fall, and the Wildcats prevailed with a hard-fought, 59-57 victory.
The Wildcats were led by freshman Samantha Retas, who netted 14 points and pulled down a game-high 18 rebounds. Junior Janasie Simpkins added 10 points and five rebounds, while sophomore Kimberly Walton had nine points and six boards. Freshman Cari Callaaway notched seven points, while senior Candace Phrance pulled down seven rebounds.
Chaminade was led by Rhani Kaneaiakala’s 15 points and six rebounds. Nikki Tauau recorded 10 points and 11 boards, while Glacen Florita had 13 points and five rebounds.
Neither team shot particularly well as Chaminade connected at just over 31 percent, compared to just 28.8 percent for Wilmington. The ‘Cats made their mark on the glass, out-rebounding the Swords by a 62-43 margin, including 29-11 on the offensive end.
Wilmington returns to action tomorrow evening, as they close out play at the Oahu Classic when they take on Hawaii Pacific University at 9:00 PM.