Wilmington Women Drop Fifth Straight, Fall 72-54 to Bloomfield
Bloomfield 72, Wilmington 54
Saturday, December 10, 2011 - New Castle, DE
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Wilmington University dropped their fifth straight contest, a 72-54 decision at the hands of Bloomfield College in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) women’s basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Pratt Center.
It was all Deacons to start the game, as the visitors jumped out to a 10-1 lead over the game’s first five minutes. That lead grew to as many as 14 (20-6) with 11:23 remaining in the first half, but the Wildcats held Bloomfield (2-2 CACC/3-4) scoreless over the next five minutes. Despite the cold spell by the visitors, Wilmington (0-3 CACC/1-6) was unable to capitalize and only cut the deficit to seven (20-13). The Deacons closed out the half on an 11-5 run, and entered the break up, 31-18.
Bloomfield extended their advantage to as many as 21 (47-26) with 14:18 remaining, but the ‘Cats rallied with a 14-6 spurt over the next five minutes, capped by an old-fashioned three point play from freshman Sam Retas, to cut the lead to 13 (53-40). Bloomfield responded with a 10-2 run of their own, to push their lead back to 21 (63-42). Wilmington got as close as 13 two times in the game’s final two minutes, but the rally was too little, too late as the Deacons held on for the 18-point victory.
Wilmington was led by junior guard Janasie Simpkins, who came off the bench to net a team-high 14 points, as she was 4-for-5 from behind the arc. Freshman Erin Moore chipped in with 12, while classmate Megan Fox had a team-high six assists. Fellow frosh Joune Reed had nine points and four rebounds for the Wildcats.
The Deacons were led by Lauren Deverin’s game-high 18 points, six rebounds, and four blocks. Emily Hall netted 12 points, recorded four steals, and dished out five assists, while Delaware native Tierra Scott added 11 points, six rebounds, and four steals. Shaniqua Bacote chipped in nine points and eight rebounds, while Bianca Celi also added nine points.
Bloomfield connected at almost 55 percent for the game, while holding Wilmington to 36 percent from the floor. Both teams struggled from the foul line, with Wilmington hitting just 12-of-25 (48%) and the Deacons making 13-of-31 (42%). Bloomfield dominated play on the glass, out-rebounding the Wildcats by a 41-28 margin. The visitors pulled down 15 offensive rebounds and turned them into 21 second-chance points. The Deacons out-scored the ‘Cats in the paint in convincing fashion, 44-12, and turned 25 Wildcat turnovers into 24 points. Wilmington’s only advantage came from behind the arc, where the hosts hit 8-of-16 three point opportunities, while holding the visitors to just 1-of-8 (13%).
The ‘Cats return to action on Monday, December 19th, when they host the Marauders of Millersville University in a non-conference tilt. Tip-off is slated for 6:00 PM.