Friday, November 18, 2016

Wiley Lady Wildcats Top D-I Sam Houston State

HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The Wiley College women's basketball team needed a fourth-quarter rally but was able to keep its undefeated season alive with a 57-51 victory over NCAA Division I school Sam Houston State University Friday.

"I feel great," head coach Ashley Walker said. "It's a huge win for us."

The Lady Wildcats (5-0) trailed 28-27 at halftime and fell behind by as many as five points in the second half. Wiley College cut the deficit to two entering the fourth quarter. Trailing by three with a little over seven minutes remaining, Malachi McQueen (JR/Leesville, Louisiana) was fouled and hit both free throws to cut the lead to one. Lisa Nealey hit a jumper with 6:10 left to give the Lady Wildcats their first lead since 6:45 left in the third. Nealey scored a career-high 14 points – with 10 coming in the second half. She made all four of her field goal attempts in the second half and shot six-for-nine in the game.

"It was time," Walker said. "She has been struggling and hasn't been able to get going in previous games."

McQueen made a 3-pointer with 4:13 left in the game to increase Wiley College's advantage to four. Ariel Taylor (JR/Houston, Texas) expanded the lead with a layup with 3:18 left. The Lady Wildcats maintained the advantage the rest of the game.

Wiley College jumped out to a seven-point lead in the first quarter but allowed Sam Houston State University to come back, when it had a five-minute scoring drought. The Lady Wildcats shot 21 for 60 and 4 for 15 from 3-point territory.

Alexis Bernstine (SR/Shreveport, Louisiana) was the second highest scorer on the Lady Wildcats with nine points. She also grabbed seven rebounds to lead the team. Sha'Georgia Williams (SR/Dallas, Texas) and Nealey shared the team lead in assists with three each.

The Lady Wildcats will visit another NCAA Division I school in McNeese State at 2 p.m. Tuesday.



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