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Women’s Basketball Comes From 17 Down to Beat Holy Family, 69-64, for Coach Jenkins First Win as a Wildcat

Copyright 2021; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Trudy Spence. December 4, 2021 vs. Holy Family.
Copyright 2021; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Trudy Spence. December 4, 2021 vs. Holy Family.

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NEWARK, Del. - - Down by as many as 17 points, the Wilmington University women's basketball team fought all the way back with a fourth-quarter comeback to earn its first victory of the season, 69-64, in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference contest on Saturday at the WU Athletics Complex.

The Wildcats (1-4, 1-1 CACC) outscored the Tigers (5-5, 0-2 CACC), 25-9, in the fourth quarter to come back from an 11-point deficit after three quarters. The victory is the first win for head coach Kerry Jenkins at the helm of the Wildcats.

The Wildcats scored the first 10 points of the fourth quarter, getting five straight points from Sabreen Muslim and then five straight from Kiara Eubanks to get the game to within 55-54 with 7:04 to play. Jade Roberts laid one in to tie the game, but the Tigers responded to take a 60-56 lead with 5:08 left.

Kiara Eubanks tied the game again with a runner in the paint and then Emily Ansah laid one home for the 64-62 lead with 2:12 on the clock and the Wildcats never surrendered the lead again.  Eubanks and Muslim made two of the line each to extend the lead out to six, 68-62. The Tigers made one last effort with a bucket, but it was too little too late as the Wildcats held on for the five-point victory.

The Tigers led for over 36 minutes of game time on Saturday, taking its largest lead of the game, 34-17, early in the second quarter. Sabreen Muslim made a putback at the buzzer of the second quarter but the Tigers took a 38-25 lead into the halftime break. The Tigers hit a three-pointer towards the end of the third quarter, sending the visitors into the fourth and final quarter with a 55-44 lead.

Sabreen Muslim led the Wildcats with 17 points and 10 rebounds, shooting 6-of-11 from the field. Kiara Eubanks added 14 points, a game high 13 rebounds, and six assists while Emily Ansah came off the bench to score 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting. Jade Roberts finished with 10 points as well.

Holy Family's Jessica Riepe and Lindsay Tretter scored 12 points each off the bench while Moe Moore added 11 points.

The Wildcats will look to make it two in a row on Tuesday when they head to USciences for another CACC contest. The women start the doubleheader with an opening tip set for 5:30 p.m.