Wilson College: Phoenix Take on Eagles

Phoenix Take On Eagles

The Phoenix women’s basketball team continued, taking on the Eagles in a Colonial States Athletic Conference Play. They took on Saint Elizabeth University’s Eagles on the road. The Phoenix (8-5, 7-1 CSAC) rose to victory (0-12, 0-8 CSAC) by a final score of 66 to 55. 

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How It Happened

Both defenses showed up early in this one, as neither team could find a bucket until just under the eight-minute mark of the first quarter. That’s when senior Michaela Singer (Annville, PA., Annville-Cleona) got things started with a shot from beyond the arc, assisted by junior Samira Murphy (Virginia Beach, VA., Great Bridge Christian). After junior Amanda Smida (Landenberg, Pa., Penn State Harrisburg) forced a turnover, Singer notched another three, putting Wilson up 6-0 early. Later in the quarter, senior Baylen Snyder (Dover, PA, Dover Area) nailed a three-pointer that put the Phoenix up 14-6 with under two minutes left in the opening quarter. Saint Elizabeth closed the quarter out on a 5-0 run bringing the score to 14-11. Opening up the second quarter, junior Yaya Cannon (Lancaster, Pa., Elizabethtown College) earned three the hard way, with a shot inside the paint and a foul shot to match, that pushed Wilson out in front by three points. The Phoenix then jumped on a 16-3 run that extended their lead to 32-16. The Eagles then took a 7-1 run to close out the half as Wilson walked into halftime leading by 10, 33-23. 

In the second half, Saint Elizabeth started a 12-3 run that brought the game to within one point, 36-35, with just under four and a half minutes left in the third quarter. The Eagles eventually took the lead a few possessions later, but the Phoenix hung tough and closed out the quarter on a 12-2 run that put them back in front going into the fourth quarter, 49-41. Saint Elizabeth opened the final quarter up on an 11-4 run that cut the Wilson lead to just one point, 53-52. The Phoenix turned up the defense and got the offense back on track, closing out the game on a 12-3 run that gave them the 66-55 victory. 

Inside the Box Score

Cannon paced Wilson tonight, finishing with 18 points and five steals. Singer had a terrific night shooting, adding a double-double with 17 points and 11 boards while going 7-16 from the floor. Snyder rounded out double-digit scorers with 10 points and shooting 40% from beyond the arc, while Murphy added nine points. Wilson shot lights-out from all over the floor tonight, including going 7-19 from three-point range and 15-21 from the charity stripe. 

Up Next

The Phoenix will hit the road to continue CSAC play against the Patriots of the University of Valley Forge (2-8, 2-5 CSAC) on Monday, January 24, at 7 p.m.