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NEWARK, Del. - - A quick burst out of the halftime break lengthened the Wilmington University women's basketball team's lead and allowed it to snap a four-game losing streak with a 74-51 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory over Post on Tuesday night at the WU Athletics Complex.
Already holding a 30-24 lead in the locker room at the half, the Wildcats (8-9, 3-5 CACC) scored the first five points as part of a 14-6 spurt in the first five minutes. Four straight free throws from Ebonee Dixon gave the Wildcats a 44-30 lead with 4:50 left in the third quarter.
Leading by 12 heading into the fourth quarter, the Wildcats used another 10-0 run to put the game away early in the final stanza.
The Wildcats used the offensive glass to build upon their lead throughout the game, collecting 25 offensive rebounds and turned them into 17 second-chance points. The Wildcats also forced 32 Eagle (0-16, 0-8 CACC) turnovers in the contest, producing 27 points off those miscues.
The Wildcats needed to overcome a slow start, finding themselves behind the Eagles for the majority of the first quarter. Post held as large as a five-point lead in the first quarter, before the Wildcats came back to lead after the first period. Trailing 11-6, Dixon started a 6-0 run with a pair from the charity stripe while Tenicia Spence hit a jumper and added two of her own from the foul line. Dixon gave the Wildcats the 13-12 lead at the end of the quarter with a final free throw.
The Eagles tied the game, 16-16, with 8:09 left in the second quarter, but Zameria Jones hit a jumper with 7:06 left to give the Wildcats the lead. It would be a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The home team outscored the Eagles, 14-8, for the rest of the half, including three free throws with under a second to play from Shanique Graves.
The Wildcats had five players in double digits, led by Jones' 15 points. Ashri Broadwater scored 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting while Dixon finished with 11 points. Spence and Jasmine Lee added 10 points each.
The Wildcats went 23-of-36 from the foul line in the game while the Eagles went 22-of-37. Nine of Dixon's 11 points came at the foul line.
Wilmington remains in CACC play for the rest of the season and heads to Holy Family on Saturday. The Wildcats and Tigers will face off at 1:00 p.m. in Philadelphia.