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NEWARK, Del. - - The Wilmington University women's basketball team climbed back to a .500 overall record with another wire-to-wire Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory, 77-43, over Concordia on Friday night at the WU Athletics Complex.
Every player that saw action for the Wildcats (10-10, 5-6 CACC) scored in the game, paced by Jocelyn Rodriguez's stat stuffer line of 13 points, five rebounds, five assists, and five steals. The Clippers (3-14, 1-9 CACC) were held to 27.3 percent shooting from the floor while turning the ball over 26 times.
Wilmington turned the 26 turnovers into 29 points at the other end of the floor while also dominating inside the paint, 38-16, over the Clippers.
The only tie of the game was in the initial moments of the contest, 2-2. From there the Wildcats rattled off eight straight points and never look back. The Clippers closed the gap to 11-8, but the Wildcats finished off the first quarter on another 8-2 run, finishing the frame leading, 19-10.
The Clippers again closed the gap to as few as five points, 25-20, before Rodriguez started a 10-3 to end the first half with a steal and a fast break layup. Katara Pressley converted an old fashioned three-point play and Tenicia Spence ended the half with a three-pointer to go into the halftime break leading 35-23.
Zameria Jones started another 10-2 spurt in the third quarter with an old fashioned three-point play. Lindsay Bradford and Rodriguez finished off the run with back-to-back layups, with Rodriguez' coming as another steal and fastbreak layup.
The Wildcats continued to pour it on in the fourth quarter, finishing with their best frame of the afternoon, 22-6, over the Clippers. Auryonah Nash hit a jumper for a 70-40 lead before Jasmine Lee gave the Wildcats its largest lead of the game, 71-40, with four minutes left in the game.
The Wildcats shot 42.4 percent from the floor, taking all but four shots from inside the three-point arc. Wilmington also went 20-of-32 from the foul line.
Pressley was the only other Wildcat to reach double figures, scoring 10 points while adding a team high nine rebounds off the bench. Spence, Ebonee Dixon, and Ashri Broadwater each added nine points. Bradford scored seven points while adding six rebounds off the bench in the win as well.
The Wildcats take to the road for their next two games, as they head to CACC South Division foe Philadelphia on Tuesday. The women tip things off at 6:00 p.m.