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Wesleyan women defeated at Chowan
MURFREESBORO -- Chowan University avenged an early-season loss to North Carolina Wesleyan on Sunday afternoon, downing the Bishops by a 64-55 score in women’s basketball action.

The Hawks used an 11-3 run to start the second period to turn a one-point halftime lead into a nine-point advantage, which proved to be the final margin of victory. With the loss, the Bishops now stand at 3-4 overall.

The Hawks (4-12) shot 52 percent from the floor in the first half and led by as many as seven at one point. The Bishops were able to crawl back into the game and looked to take a 32-31 lead into the break. Chowan’s AJ O’Banion, however, hit two free throws to close out the period, giving Chowan a 33-32 halftime advantage.

Chowan never trailed in the second half after its initial run. Although the Bishops were able to put together a late rally, they would get no closer than seven points down the stretch.

Wesleyan was led by Nicole Williams’ 12 points and four assists. Freshman Desiree’ Driver netted 11 points, while teammate Essence Chambers chipped in 10.

The Hawks were led by O’Banion, who finished with 19 points, nine rebounds, three steals, and two assists. The Hawks’ Najah Harris added 16 points.

NCWC-MEREDITH: The women’s basketball team of North Carolina Wesleyan dropped its USA South Conference opener last Thursday night, falling to host Meredith College by a 62-47 score in Raleigh.

Wesleyan played even with the Angels in the second half but could not overcome a poor shooting performance in the opening period.

The loss snaps the Bishops’ three-game winning streak and leaves North Carolina Wesleyan with a 3-3 overall record.

The Bishops’ Nicole Williams knocked down the game’s first basket to give NCWC a quick 2-0 lead. Meredith, however, answered with a three-pointer by Brittany Cornelius to up 3-2, and the Angels would never trail again.

North Carolina Wesleyan shot just 19 percent from the floor in the first half en route to a 15-point halftime deficit, 28-13.

In the second half, Wesleyan managed to pull within eight points with just over 10 minutes left in regulation only to see the Angels put together a 13-0 run over the next four minutes to go up 21.

Although the two teams fought to a 34-34 second half tie, the aforementioned run essentially put the game out of reach.

Junior Essence Chambers paced the Bishops with a team-high 12 points, while freshman Gretchen Tobias collected eight rebounds for NCWC.

For Meredith, Cornelius recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 boards.

Whitley Turner and Nicole Hall finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

The difference in the game came from behind the arc where the Angels knocked down 9-of-13 attempts to help get North Carolina Wesleyan.

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