Wilson College‘s women’s basketball team took to the road Wednesday, facing Cedar Crest College 62-60 in a Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) matchup. The Phoenix (4-17, 2-13 CSAC) took down the Falcons in a thrilling game by a final score of 62-60.
How It Happened
Cedar Crest started the game on an 11-1 run before sophomore Tioleaoauli Posiulai (Waipahu, Hi., University Laboratory School) ended the stretch with a layup in the paint. Junior Michaela Singer (Annville, Pa., Annville-Cleona) followed up with a three-pointer. Then Posiulai added back-to-back layups, bringing the score to 10-11. Wilson entered the second quarter trailing, 13-11.
Posiulai started things with a layup in the second quarter. Then Singer and freshman Samira Murphy (Virginia Beach, Va., Great Bridge Christian) both added layups. The Falcons rallied, tying the game up at 21-21 with just under three minutes left in the half. The two teams battled, evening the game up a total of five times in the second quarter alone. Wilson entered halftime leading by a score of 24-22.
Cedar Crest tied the game up at 24 to open up the third quarter. Then freshman Ta’Niya Kees (Baltimore, Md., Our Lady of Mount Carmel School) responded by earning three the hard way with an and-one layup, putting the Phoenix back ahead by three. Later on, the Falcons jumped ahead again after knocking down a three.
Kees answered right back, scoring on the next three Wilson possessions with a layup, two foul shots, and another and-one basket. Senior Jordyn Day (Richmond, Va., Varina) added a three that brought the score to 38-32 under three minutes left. The Phoenix headed into the final quarter of action still ahead, 41-36.
Cedar Crest came out with a vengeance to start the fourth, cutting Wilson‘s lead to just two points. But, the Phoenix stood strong, extending their lead to seven. Points came from Kees, who drained two layups, and Day, who connected on an and-one layup.
The Falcons made it close, but Wilson walked away with the victory, defeating Cedar Crest 62-60.
Inside the Box Score
The Phoenix finished shooting 36% from the floor while they held their opponent to 29%. Kees led the charge for Wilson, she finished with a career-high 25 points and nine rebounds. Murphy followed with 12 points and 7 boards while Singer, Day, and Posiulai each tallied 8 points.
The Phoenix take on the Giants of Keystone College (17-5, 15-0 CSAC) at 1 p.m. as they continue CSAC play.
Christopher Brunner is Sports Information Assistant at WILSON COLLEGE