Wilson basketball: Phoenix women hammer Highlanders

The Phoenix women hammered the Cairn University basketball team Tuesday as they opened Colonial Stats Athletic Conference (CSAC) play in an away game at Langhorne. Wilson (2-3, 1-0 CSAC) defeated the Highlanders (0-3, 0-1 CSAC) by a final score of 71-60. 

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How It Happened 

In the first quarter, Wilson opened things up on a 17-4. Junior Yaya Cannon (Lancaster, Pa., Elizabethtown College) started the scoring with a jumper while junior Amanda Smida (Landenberg, Pa., Penn State Harrisburg) knocked down a triple during the run.

Cairn responded with a 12-3 run that cut their deficit to 20-16 at the end of the quarter. In the second quarter, the Highlanders took the lead early 24-20. The Phoenix fought and kept the score close but they could not retake the lead as they went into halftime, trailing by a score of 35-33. 

In the second half, Wilson started the chip away, eventually took the lead off a jumper from junior Madison Ross (New Oxford, PA., New Oxford). Shortly after, the Phoenix continued to extend their lead as junior Naomi Hanton (Bristow, Va., Keystone College) hit a bucket in the paint, as Wilson walked in the final quarter of play leading, 45-40. In the fourth, the Phoenix opened the quarter up on a 12-3 run that put them up 57-43. Wilson never let up in the quarter as they walked away with a 71-60 victory. 

Inside the Box Score 

Junior Samira Murphy (Virginia Beach, VA., Great Bridge Christian) capped off her night with her fourth double-double of the season, collecting 18 points and 13 rebounds. Hanton and Cannon rounded out the double-digit scoring with 14 points and 13 points, respectively, while Smida added nine and senior Baylen Snyder (Dover, PA, Dover Area) tallied eight. The Phoenix bench played a pivotal role tonight, with players adding 25 points coming off the bench. 

Up Next 

The Phoenix women hoops team will continue CSAC play hosting the Eagles of Saint Elizabeth University in a post-Thanksgiving game at 1 p.m. Saturday.