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The Wilson College women’s basketball team were in action tonight as they closed out nonconference play for the season. The Patriots (4-15, 1-2 ACAA) Defeated the Phoenix (3-18, 2-14 CSAC) by a score of 71-51. 

How It Happened

Valley Forge started the first quarter on an 18-2 run before freshman Samira Murphy (Virginia Beach, Va./Great Bridge Christian) connected on a layup in the paint. Soon after, sophomore Tioleaoauli Posiulai (Waipahu, HI./University Laboratory School) added two layups on consecutive possessions for Wilson as they entered the second quarter trailing by a score of 28-6. 

In the second, the Phoenix jumped on an early 10-2 run. Freshman Ta’Niya Kees (Baltimore, Md./Our Lady of Mount Carmel School) started by making two foul shots. Murphy followed, also making two foul shots. Shortly after, senior Jordyn Day (Richmond, Va.,/Varina) added two back-to-back threes, bringing the score to 30-16 with just under 4 1/2 minutes left in the half. The Phoenix would enter halftime trailing by a score of 35-23. 

Starting the third, Day added a jumper and two more threes that helped cut the deficit to just seven points. Wilson continued to roll as Murphy added three points the hard way, with an and-one layup, followed by made foul shots from Kees and freshman Jordan Yeager (Waynesboro, PA.,/Greencastle-Antrim) that cut the lead to six points with just over four minutes left in the quarter. This would spark an 11-4 run from the Patriots. They would head into the final quarter of play still in the lead, 54-41.

Murphy and Yeager both added points for the Phoenix to open the fourth. Soon after,  Posiulai and junior Michaela Singer (Annville, PA.,/Annville-Cleona) both added layups. Wilson could not overcome the early defect, going on to be defeated by a final score of 71-51. 

Inside the Box Score

The Phoenix finished the night shooting 30% from the field while their opponent finished shooting 33%. Day and Murphy led the charge for Wilson as they added 16 points and 11 points, respectively. Posiulai added a season-high of eight points and eight rebounds. Kees added six points and eight boards, while Singer and Yeager both added four points. 

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