Junior Tenicia Spence led five Wilmington University women's basketball players in double figures as the Wildcats swept the season series from Georgian Court, 82-77, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action at the Campus Center on Tuesday night.
The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Wildcats (4-12, 2-7 CACC) while also sweeping the season series from the Lions (1-13, 1-8 CACC), and any team for that matter, for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
Spence led the Wildcats with 20 points as five players scored in double figures while Jennifer Carr was a rebound short of her second double-double of the season, finishing with 10 points. Lindsay Bradford scored 13 points in only 13 minutes off the bench, sinking all five of her free throws, while Cari Callaway added 11 points off the bench as well. Taylor Carter scored 10 points while adding game highs of six assists and four steals.
After leading by as many as 12 points in the first half, the Wildcats trailed, 39-37, at the halftime break.
The Lions' Kiara Colston his a jumper to put the home team up four early in the second half before the Wildcats score six straight to take a 45-43 lead with 14:42 left in regulation. The Lions' leading scorer Tahira Matthews sparked a 5-0 run with an old fashion three-point play as the game went on a seesaw.
Tied at 50-50, the Wildcats went on a 13-3 run to take a 63-53 lead with 9:04 to play, capped by a nice high-low pass from Carr and finished by Tashea Plummer. But the Lions battled back and went on a 17-7 run of their own to eventually tie the game at 70-70 with 2:51 remaining, and had a chance to take the lead but Matthews missed the second free throw when fouled.
Spence came down and hit a jumper to give the Wildcats the lead once more, a lead they would not relinquish again. Seven straight points pushed the Wildcats lead out to 77-70 with 28 seconds remaining before Carter hit 5-of-6 from the line down the stretch to seal the victory.
Matthews led the Lions with a double-double, scoring a game high 25 points and adding a game high 13 rebounds. Georgian Court shot 52.5 percent from the floor for the game, including 53.8 percent in the second half to get back into the game, but was hurt by 24 turnovers.
The Wildcats shot 43.9 percent from the floor for the game and hit five three-pointers. They finished with 15 steals on the evening, taking a 22-14 advantage in points off turnovers in the contest.
The Wildcats have little rest before going toe-to-toe with NCAA Division I and in-state rival Delaware State, as the two teams tip-off on Wednesday night. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip in Dover, Del.