Press Release Written By Sports Information Graduate Inter Mary Kate Rumbaugh
NEWARK, Del. – A 14-4 run at the end of the first quarter helped New York Tech control the remainder of the game, as they defeated the Wilmington University women's basketball team, 84-70, in Wilmington's final nonconference game of the regular season at the Complex Thursday night.
In their first game back from the holiday break and the first contest of the 2020 season the Wildcats (0-11) found themselves down early as New York Tech (8-7) took a nine point lead into the second quarter, which helped them maintain a comfortable lead for the remainder of the contest.
Kasha Andrews got WilmU started hitting the first jumper of the contest, before knocking down her first three of the game to tie the game at 5-5 with 6:38 in the first. Wilmington would have their final lead of the game on a layup from Emily Ansah with 5:03 to play, until the Bears went on a 14-4 run to take a 21-12 lead heading into the second quarter.
New York Tech would continue their run opening up the second quarter on a 10-0 run, including two back-to-back three pointers to extend their lead to 31-12 with 7:36 left. WilmU would answer with seven consecutive points to make it a 33-19 game with under six minutes left, but Bears would take a 43-31 lead into halftime.
New York Tech would collect 12 assists out of 18 made shots in the first half, while grabbing seven offensive rebounds.
Kiara Eubanks would bring the Bears' lead to within 10 on the first shot of the second half, making it a 43-33 ballgame, before the Bears went on another 10-0 run to extend their lead to 20 with 6:10 left in the third.
The Wildcats would come within 14 in the fourth quarter as LaShyra Williams knocked down a free throw to make it a 68-54 contest with 6:18 left in regulation, before getting to within 12 with 3:57 to play, but the Bears would remain in front ending the contest, 84-70.
LaShyra Williams led the Wildcats with 14 points off the bench, going 4-5 from the foul line with six rebounds and four assists. Jadyn Whitsitt added 13 points and six rebounds, as Tiffany Jackson and Kasha Andrews each added 12 points. Jackson and Emily Ansah both finished with five rebounds apiece.
Wilmington is back on the court this Saturday in the first doubleheader of 2020 when CACC foe Bloomfield comes to the Complex. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m.