Wilmington Women Downed by Goldey-Beacom, 59-42
Goldey-Beacom 59, Wilmington 42
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - New Castle, DE
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Despite a strong second half, a 22-point halftime deficit was too much for the Lady Wildcats of Wilmington University to overcome, as the hosts fell victim to their seventh straight defeat. This time it was a 59-42 loss at the hands of the visiting Lightning of Goldey-Beacom College in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) women’s basketball action on Tuesday evening at the Pratt Center.
Wilmington (0-4 CACC/1-8) was coming off an extended break, having not played a game since December 18th and the rust showed early as the ‘Cats allowed 10 unanswered points midway through the first half, that gave Goldey-Beacom (3-2 CACC/8-4) a 25-9 lead with just under 10 minutes remaining in the period. That lead grew to as many as 22, as the Lightning closed out the half’s final five and a half minutes on a 9-3 run and headed into the locker room up by 22 (39-17). The Wildcats were ice cold from the floor, connecting at a dismal 18 percent and committed 16 turnovers that lead to 14 points for the visitors.
The ‘Cats were down by as many as 30 (55-25) with 8:50 remaining in the second half, before they began to chip away at the deficit. Unfortunately, they waited too long, and despite ending the game on a 17-4 run, Wilmington was able to get any closer than 17 points, and fell to their rivals by a 59-42 score. The hosts did have the better half, out-scoring the Lightning 25-20 in the stanza, but it was too little, too late.
Wilmington was led by freshman forward Joune Reed, who posted 10 points. Classmate Megan Fox added eight, while fellow freshman Cari Callaway chipped in with seven. Sophomore guard Tianna Wagner also added seven, while freshman Samantha Retas had a game-high 10 rebounds.
Goldey-Beacom had three players score in double-figures, led by Irene Hudson’s 15 points and eight boards. Akilah Sewell added 12 points and five rebounds, while Ashley Rosario chipped in with 11 points and five assists.
The Wildcats shot just 23 percent from the floor for the game, while Goldey-Beacom connected at a 38 percent clip. The Lightning dominated the glass, out-rebounding Wilmington by a 48-35 margin. Goldey-Beacom also forced 24 Wildcat turnovers, and turned them into 20 points, giving the Lightning the edge in almost every facet of the game.
Wilmington is back in action on Thursday evening, when they travel to take on the Tigers of Holy Family University in a CACC contest beginning at 6:00 PM.