The Bloomfield College women's basketball team went on a 14-2 run to start the second half and never looked back, as the Bears defeated visiting Wilmington University, 82-52, in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference action at The Gym on Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats (3-10, 1-5 CACC) cut the deficit to 38-24 going into the halftime break, but the Bears (6-5, 4-1 CACC) sprinted out of the locker room with a 14-2 spurt over the first 5:49, which eventually led them to snap the Wildcats' two-game winning streak.
A 9-0 run in the first half opened a 12-point lead, 16-4, for the Bears before consecutive jumpers by Cari Callaway and Tenicia Spence brought the Wildcats back to within eight with 9:39 to play in the first half. But the Bears regrouped and eventually opened an 18-point lead with 2:23 to play, their largest of the first half.
The Wildcats scored the final four points of the half as Taylor Carter hit a pair of free throws and Ebonee Dixon put home a layup at the buzzer to bring the game to the 14-point halftime score.
Following the break, the Bears used their 14-2 run to take a 52-26 lead with 14:11 remaining in regulation. The Wildcats went on an 8-0 run of their own halfway through the second half to cut the deficit to 17 following a steal and a fastbreak layup by Jocelyn Rodriguez, but it wouldn't be enough for the Wildcats. The Bears took as large as a 32-point lead in the second half before settling on the 82-52 final.
Jasmine Lee paced the Wildcats with 10 points off the bench as all 13 players that saw the court scored for the visitors. Lindsay Bradford scored six points and recorded a block in her first game as a Wildcat while Patricia Miranda and Callaway also scored six points in the loss. Jennifer Carr grabbed a team high six rebounds.
The Wildcats shot 43.5 percent rom the floor in the first half but were stung by the Bears 51.5 percent shooting from the floor in the second half. The Wildcats went 0-for-4 from three-point territory for the contest while the Bears made six trifectas.
Wilmington returns to action and to the WU Athletics Complex on Wednesday night against CACC South rival Philadelphia. The Rams and Wildcats tip-off second in the CACC doubleheader, following the men's game, at approximately 8 p.m.