By Samantha Burmeister
The Wilson women’s basketball team earned their first win of the 2014-15 season on Saturday, Nov. 22, topping Christendom College, 78-77. Wilson trailed throughout the first half, turning the ball over 11 times. The Phoenix displayed short spans of cold shooting, hitting 12-of-38 baskets (31.6 percent) from inside the paint. The first half closed with Christendom leading by four points, 37-33, as the momentum shifted back towards the Phoenix, due to some spark plays from Freshman Ashley Henderson. Henderson totaled 11 points and seven steals during the half.
The Phoenix came out hungry in the second half, tying the game with 19:13 seconds left of play. Wilson took advantage of Christendom’s turnovers, which led them to successfully execute their possessions. The team improved their shooting, recording a 40.5 (17-0f-42) percentage as well as a 47.1 (8-of-17) free throw percentage. Christendom tried to foul late, but the Phoenix played clutch defense and held onto their lead.
Ashley Henderson led the Phoenix offense with a season high of 29 points. She also snatched 10 steals. Miranda Long and Morgan Wonders each recorded double-doubles in the game. Long totaled 14 points and brought down 11 rebounds. Wonders accumulated 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
With the win, the team evens their record to 1-1 on the season. The Phoenix will play on Dec. 6 at 1:00 p.m. at Pennsylvania College of Technology.