Caldwell’s Second Half Surge Enough to Slip Past Lady Wildcats, 56-50
Caldwell 56, Wilmington 50
Saturday, January 7, 2012 - New Castle, DE
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Tied at 39 with 9:26 remaining in regulation, Caldwell used a 17-11 run to close out the game, denying the Wilmington University women’s basketball team its first Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference win of the season, 56-50, on Saturday afternoon at the George R. Newman Center.
The Wildcats (1-10, 0-6 CACC) took a one point lead into the halftime break, 27-26, and led as late as 9:49 into the second half on a bucket by Samantha Retas, but Cadwell (9-5, 6-1 CACC) stormed back and took the lead for good with 7:54 left in the contest.
Wilmington took its largest lead of the game on a fastbreak layup by freshman Cari Callaway in the first half, giving the ‘Cats a 19-15 lead. The lead would change hands four different times, and be knotted on five separate occasions the rest of the first half. Megan Fox gave Wilmington the lead heading into the locker room on a pair free throws as time expired, giving the Wildcats a 27-26 advantage at the break.
The Cougars grabbed the lead six seconds into the second half with a put-back lay in and extended the lead to three with another bucket by Gillian Felix less than a minute into the half. Caldwell took their biggest lead of the game on a pair of foul shots with 13:27 left in the game, leading 36-29.
Wilmington fired back with a 9-0 run, aided by five free throws and back-to-back baskets by Retas to grab a 38-36 lead with 10:11 remaining. But that would be the final lead the Wildcats would see. Candace Phrance tied the game for the eighth and final time at 39 with 9:26 remaining, hitting one of two from the charity stripe.
Caldwell’s Torey Jones hit a three-pointer on consecutive trips down the floor for a six-point lead, putting the dagger in the Wildcats. Wilmington was able to cut it to two on three separate occasions, but couldn’t get over the hump. The last effort came with 31 second let, as Erin Moore put in a lay up to cut it to 52-50. But Jones hit all four of her remaining free throws down the stretch to ice the game.
Moore led the Wildcats with 17 points, shooting 5-for-11 on the night, but going 5-for-5 from the line. Callaway added 10 points on 4-for-10 shooting as the only other ‘Cat in double figures. Phrance led the rebounding effort, finishing with seven. Fox chipped in with four points and six boards.
Caldwell outshot the Wildcats, 32.8 percent to 29.8 percent, but the ‘Cats got to the line five more times, shooting 13-for-18 from the foul line. The Cougars only shot 10-for-13.
Jones finished with a game-high 19 points, while Kaitlyn Lambert and Felix added 10 each to lead the Cougars. Felix completed the double-double by adding a game-high 12 boards. Jones was honored before the game for reaching the 1,000-point mark for her career earlier this season.
It was the eighth straight victory for the Cougars, while the Wildcats fell for the ninth consecutive game.
Wilmington has a 10-day layoff but will return to the court when they host the University of the Sciences on January 17. The game is slated for a 6 p.m. tip.