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Hot Shooting from Three-Point Land Gives Dominican 86-65 Women’s Basketball CACC victory over Wilmington

WBB: Dominican 86 - Wilmington 65

A big run midway through the first half gave Dominican a large lead over the Wilmington University women’s basketball team, leading to an 86-65 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory for the visitors on Saturday afternoon at the WU Athletics Complex.

Tied at 12-12 with less than 11 minutes remaining in the first half, Dominican (7-5, 4-1 CACC) used the three-point arc to take the lead which it would not relinquish. The Chargers hit a three-pointer with 10:55 remaining in the half to take a 15-12 and then continued to hit seven more three-pointers the rest of the half, needing only 10 attempts to take a 49-27 lead into the halftime break. Dominican shot 10-for-21 from down town in the opening 20 minutes of action.

After tying the game at 12 with 12:56 remaining in the half, the Wildcats (3-12, 1-7 CACC) failed to score again until there was 9:54 showing on the board for the first half, and once again until there was 4:39 left in the first stanza. By that time, the Chargers had built a comfortable 32-15 lead.

The Chargers started the game off with a three-pointer in the first 12 seconds, but then the Wildcats came back with back-to-back buckets to take an early 5-3 lead. Tenicia Spence put the Wildcats on the board with a jumper before Danielle Thomas sank a three-pointer of her own a minute later to grab the home teams’ only lead of the contest. Trailing 12-7, the Wildcats used a 5-0 run of their own to tie the game, aided by a three-pointer and a jumper on back-to-back possessions by Spence.

Tied at 12-12, the Chargers went on a 15-0 and 20-2 run overall to take a commanding lead. The visitors headed into the halftime break with a 49-27 lead.

Wilmington shot 22-for-59 (37.3 percent) for the game, compared to Dominican’s 31-for-70 (44.3 percent). Thomas led the Wildcats with a pair of three-pointers, but the home squad only hit 3-of-9 for the contest. Shannon Lavelle hit 6-for-11 from deep alone for the Chargers as they finished 16-for-35 and a 45.7 percentage.

The Wildcats got to the foul line on 25 occasions for the contest, converting 18 attempts compared to the Chargers 11 attempts. However, both teams shot 72 percent from the charity stripe for the game.

Junior Lauren Brown converted half of her shots from the floor, going 5-for-10 to finish with a career high 15 points. She also added 5-of-9 from the foul line and a game high six assists. Spence led all Wildcats with 17 points while Thomas also finished in double figures with 10 points. Tashea Plummer grabbed a team high eight rebounds. Megan Fox played 32 minutes off the bench for the Wildcats, scoring nine points while adding four rebounds and two assists.

Dominican’s Lindsey Lopez scored a game high 21 points, hitting 5-of-13 from beyond the three-point arc and finishing 7-for-16 for the game. Charger leading scorer KC Jentzen added a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

The Wildcats will look to get back at their cross-town rivals in their next matchup, as they head to Goldey-Beacom on Tuesday, January 8, as part of a CACC doubleheader. The Lightning took the season’s first matchup, 84-53. The women will tip-off following the men at 8 p.m.

Published: Saturday, January 5, 2013 - Newark, Del.