Press Release written by sports information intern Sam Hardy.
Video recap at bottom of page.
NEWARK, Del. - - An explosion of offense allowed the Wilmington University woman's basketball team to reign victorious, defeating Georgian court at home, 89-82, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action at the Wilmington University Athletics complex on Wednesday evening.
The Wildcats (10-12, 7-6 CACC) were leading 49-44 at the halftime break, but the visitors came out of the locker room and were determined to keep it close. The Lions (3-18, 1-13 CACC) outscored the Wildcats 20-16 in the third quarter to make it a one-point game heading into the final quarter. The lead changed as many as ten times, but all in the first three quarters, before the Wildcats finally put an end to any hope that the Lions had of leaving the WU Athletics Complex with a victory.
The Lions came out of the gates and shot 46.7 percent in this game, hitting 50 percent of all their three point attempts. The away team seemed to be plagued by the turnover bug, as they threw it away 20 total times in this game. If it were not for their 23-second chance points, this would not have been such a close contest.
LaShyra Williams led the Wildcats in scoring with 25 points, closely followed by the likes of Jasmine Lee with 24, and Macy Robinson with 20. This was obviously a team effort as it goes for the offense, as Jocelyn Rodriguez added 10 points and aided the team with a team high six assists.
Ebonee Dixon joined in the fun tonight with 10 points and three steals, which lead to the team's success. The Wildcats forced the Lions into 20 turnovers in the game, 14 of which came on steals. It was a back and forth game, but it never had the feel that Wilmington was going to lose this game even when their lead slipped to one after the third quarter finished.
The Wildcats vanquished any hope of victory that Georgian Court had by the two minute mark in the forth quarter, when they went on a 6-0 run to go up by 8 and never looked back.
Lee's 24 points came in only 25 minutes off the bench, as she shot 9-12 from the floor and 4-4 from the free throw line. With the help of the 24 points the Wildcats had off of turnovers, they were able to hold off Georgian Court.
Robinson had a game high nine rebounds, as her 20 points came as she shot 9-14 from the floor, including 2-of-4 from three-point land. Williams played all 40 minutes of the game, adding four assists, three steals, and two blocks in making sure the Wildcats held off the Lions.
The Wildcats will look to continue their current four-game winning streak this coming Saturday afternoon against Nyack with a 1:00 p.m. tip off at the WU Athletics Complex.