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NC Wesleyan enjoys solid hoops weekend
ROCKY MOUNT -- In the USA South Conference women’s basketball opener for both squads, North Carolina Wesleyan College used a strong defensive effort to secure a convincing 72-42 victory over Mary Baldwin College last Saturday afternoon in Everett Gymnasium.

The Bishops tallied 59 total rebounds, 17 steals and five blocks as a team, while forcing MBC into 28 turnovers on the day.

The victory is the first of the season for head coach Artina Trader’s youthful Bishops, who are now 1-3 overall.

With the loss, the Squirrels drop to 2-4 on the season.

Wesleyan held Baldwin to just 25 percent shooting in the first half en route to a 41-16 halftime lead. The Bishops continued their impressive play in the second half, generating 16 points off of 13 MBC miscues.

Linesha Tinsley paced NCWC with a game-high 13 points and nine rebounds.

She was joined in double-figures by Shanice Goree with 11 points and Samantha Urquhart with 10. Tionne Evans also grabbed nine boards, while point guards Tiffany Bell and Kourtney Salisbury combined for nine assists against just one turnover.

Defensively, Monet Edwards had a team-best four steals.

Wesleyan now breaks for exams before continuing USA South play this Saturday at home versus Averett.

Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. in Everett Gym on the NCWC campus.

NCWC MEN:
North Carolina Wesleyan had three players reach double-figures last Saturday as the Battling Bishop men cruised to a 76-66 victory over LaGrange College in Everett Gymnasium.

Juniors Matt Dougherty and Alex Murray netted 18 apiece, while Domarius Thomas added 10 of his own.

Fellow junior Devin Nichols pulled down a team-high eight rebounds in the win, which evened Wesleyan’s record at 4-4 on the season.

The first half featured six ties and five lead changes before Bishop freshman David Gurganus found Justin Griffith for a lay-up with 4:46 left to give NCWC a 25-24 advantage it would not relinquish.

The Bishops forged a 37-30 lead at the break and shot a solid 56 percent over the final 20 minutes to secure the 10-point victory.

Wesleyan now breaks for exams before returning to action this Saturday at home versus Maryville College (Tenn).

Tip-off for the game is slated for 2 p.m. in Rocky Mount.

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