Phoenix Drops a Heartbreaker to Rosemont
ROSEMONT, Pa. –The Wilson College women’s basketball team traveled to take on the Ravens of Rosemont College in a Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) matchup. The Phoenix (1-11, 0-8 CSAC) were narrowly defeated by the Ravens (5-9, 3-4) by a final score of 61-60.
How It Happened
Senior Jordyn Day (Richmond, Va, Varina) got the scoring started for Wilson, opening the game up with a three. Freshman Samira Murphy (Virginia Beach, VA, Great Bridge Christian) converted three the hard way, with a layup and a foul-shot that followed. Then, on the next Phoenix possession, sophomore Tori Cole (Orange Park, FL, Orange Park) connected on a layup that put Wilson up 8-0 four minutes into the contest. Rosemont stormed back and narrowed the ga,p but the Phoenix ended the first quarter still ahead, 14-11.
In the second quarter, both teams continued to battle. Junior Michaela Singer (Annville, PA, Annville-Cleona) collected a steal and connected on the fastbreak layup that followed. But, the Ravens responded with a three that knotted the game up at 18 apiece. Murphy tried to get things going by knocking down a three, but Rosemont answered again with another three. The play tied things up again, this time at 21. The Ravens entered halftime with a slight edge at 29-26.
Wilson opened the third quarter on a 5-2 run that tied the game at 31 apiece. The two opponents spent the next minute battling for the lead with two lead changes and two ties. Day ended the back and forth with a three that put the Phoenix ahead, 38-35. Rosemont went on to end the quarter on a 6-2 run that put them ahead, 41-40.
After Singer scored a layup, the Ravens responded with back-to-back threes and a layup, putting them ahead by seven points. Singer ended the run with a three to cut the deficit to four with just under seven minutes remaining.
As Rosemont started to extend their lead again, Day hit a huge three, cutting the Ravens lead to three points. Later in the quarter, with Wilson down five, freshman Ta’Niya Kees(Baltimore, Md., Our Lady of Mount Carmel School) knocked down a three with :19 seconds left. That brought the Phoenix within two. After Rosemont scored a free-throw, Kees added a fastbreak layup with :10 seconds left, bringing Wilson within one.
After forcing a turnover, the Phoenix could not connect on a last second shot. They were defeated by a final score of 61-60.
Inside the Box Score
Kees led Wilson with 14 points while Cole added a double-double; finishing with, a season-high, 13 points and 16 rebounds. Murphy, Singer, and Day rounded out the scoring with 12, 11, and 10 points, respectively. The Phoenix finished shooting 32% while their opponent finished shooting 31%.
The women’s basketball team hosts the Highlanders of Cairn University (1-15, 1-7 CSAC) Saturday, January 18, at 1 pm in another CSAC showdown.
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