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Four in Double Figures as Women’s Basketball Picks Up CACC Victory, 62-58, Over Georgian Court

Copyright 2024; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Dan Lauletta. February 28, 2024 vs. Georgian Court.
Copyright 2024; Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Dan Lauletta. February 28, 2024 vs. Georgian Court.

NEWARK, Del. - - Trailing by six at the halftime break, the Wilmington University women's basketball team came back to pick up its first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference victory of the season, defeating Georgian Court, 62-58, on Wednesday in the final home game of the season at the WU Athletics Complex.

The Wildcats (2-24, 1-14 CACC) put four of their starters into double digits, getting a game-high 21 from Amber Washington and a double-double from Daja Claiborne.

The Lions (3-21, 3-12 CACC) used a 6-0 run to take their largest lead of the game, 34-26, with 4:57 to play in the third quarter. Out of a timeout, the Wildcats started to cut into the deficit, getting a jumper from Daja Claiborne and a three-pointer from Aniyah Bond. But still down seven, 41-34, the Wildcats, and more specifically Amber Washington, went on a 7-0 run to end the quarter. She started with two from the foul line, hit a jumper, and the completed a three-point play with 20 seconds left to tie the game, 41-41.

Georgian Court scored the first two buckets of the fourth quarter but then Trinity Brittingham hit a three-pointer and Daja Claiborne converted a three-point play to re-tie the game, 47-47. Brittingham was then fouled from beyond the three-point arc and hit all three from the line to give the Wildcats the lead, 50-49, with 6:32 to play.

Aniyah Bond hit another three-pointer to put the Wildcats up 55-51, with 4:31 to play, but the Lions didn't back down so easily. They eventually tied the game, 56-56, and even took a lead, 58-56 with 2:42 to play. The Wildcats got to the line twice to tie it, and then Daja Claiborne ripped down an offensive rebound on a missed free throw, putting it up and in for the 60-58 lead with 1:52 to play. Azayah Garrison collected a defensive rebound at the other end and then Amber Washington sealed the deal with a tough layup with 13 seconds to play, 62-58.

Washington's 21 points came with four assists and two rebounds while Claiborne's double-double came with 12 points and 10 rebounds. She also had two blocked shots and two assists. Trinity Brittingham finished with 15 points and five steals while Bond hit four three-pointers and finished with 12 points and three rebounds.

The Wildcats have one more game in the 2023-24 season, as they travel to crosstown rival Goldey-Beacom on Saturday afternoon. The opening tip is slated for 1:00 p.m. in the Joseph West Jones Center.