Wesley Shocks Mary Washington
DOVER, Del. - Wesley College pulled off its biggest win of the season, upsetting No. 19 Mary Washington 52-48 in a defensive struggle.
Wesley (9-7, 5-2 CAC) carried a 22-19 lead into the half as both clubs struggled offensively. The Eagles (13-3, 5-2 CAC) scored the first four points of the second half, however, to claim a 23-22 lead with 17:36 to go. A lay up by Cory Boyd (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant) and a Colleen Thomas (Howell, N.J./Howell) three pointer around a three by Ashley Warhurst gave Wesley a 27-26 lead with 16:03 to play.
A Katy Larson triple got the advantage back for the Eagles, who would eventually stretch their lead to as many as five. The Wolverines battled back, however, and after a Latasha Torres (Yeadon, Pa./Penn Wood) three tied the game, Allison Beddia (New Castle, Del./Delcastle) put Wesley ahead for good with a pair of free throws with 9:07 to go in the game, 39-37.
The game remained close the entire way, with the Wolverines never leading by more than four points. The Eagles cut it to just a single point with 1:17 to go after a basket by Katie Wimmer, 49-48, but a free throw by Boyd and two by Michele Mules (York, Pa./Susquehannock) down the stretch iced the game.
Boyd led all scorers with 15 points and also managed four assists. Beddia grabbed nine rebounds and had a career-high five blocks.
Larson and Ashton Mitchell had 10 apiece Mary Washington, while Wimmer hauled in 11 rebounds.
Wesley's victory brought the Wolverines into a tie for third in the CAC standings with the Eagles.
Wesley, who has won eight of its last 10, will host St. Mary's (Md.) in another CAC showdown on Saturday, January 24 at 2:00 PM.