Lady Wildcats Edged By St. Thomas Aquinas, 56-50
STAC 56, Wilmington 50
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - New Castle, DE
The Lady Wildcats of Wilmington University dropped a close one at the hands of the visiting Spartans of St. Thomas Aquinas College, 56-50 in non-conference women’s basketball action at the Pratt Center.
STAC (3-3) jumped out to a quick 11-5 lead after the first five minutes, but the Wildcats rallied to tie the game at 17 with 8:30 remaining. The Spartans then went on an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to take a 26-18 advantage. Wilmington (1-3) would not go down quietly, and chipped away and tied the game at 30 just before the half, on a pair of free throws by Amanda Walters. The two teams entered the break tied at 30.
The two teams traded baskets for much of the early part of the second half. With the game tied at 46 with 2:54 remaining, the Spartans used a 7-0 run over the next two minutes, giving the visitors a 53-46 lead. The Wildcats got within four (54-50) with eight seconds to go, but STAC sunk two free throws to secure the 56-50 victory.
Wilmington was led by freshman Samantha Retas, who posted 12 points and seven rebounds before fouling out. Junior Janasie Simpkins added eight points, while sophomore Courtney Coleman chipped in with seven.
STAC was paced by Briana Sloper’s 23 points and nine rebounds. Sabrina Eggink and Riley Harrington each added eight points, while Bianca Kowgios dished out eight assists.
The Wildcats shot just 30.2 percent for the game, while the Spartans connected at 34.3 percent. Wilmington held the edge on the glass, out-rebounding STAC by a 51-42 margin, but strong defense by the visitors 20 Wildcat turnovers. Those turnovers gave the Spartans extra possessions, which proved to be the key factor in the game.
Wilmington returns to action on Saturday afternoon, when they open their Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference schedule with a game at Philadelphia University. Tip-off is slated for 5:00 PM.