BLOOMFIELD, N.J. - - The defending Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference North Division champion Bloomfield Bears used a decisive second quarter to defeat the Wilmington University women's basketball team, 82-52, on Tuesday night inside The Gym.
After only trailing 18-14 after the first quarter, the Wildcats (6-11, 3-5 CACC) went into the halftime break down 44-27 due to the Bears (9-5, 6-1 CACC) doubling up the Wildcats with 26 points in the second quarter.
The Wildcats scored the first four points in the second quarter to tie the game with the Bears, 18-18, but a 10-2 Bears run put the home team in front for good. Jamiere Jefferies put in a layup to bring the Wildcats to within 31-24 with 4:29 left in the second quarter, but the Bears scored the next 11 points to move ahead 41-24 with 1:41 to play before the half. Macy Robinson ended the drought with a three-pointer, but the Bears' Tiana Smith hit a three-pointer of her own for the Bears to end the half and go into the break leading, 44-27.
A 15-0 run in the middle of the third quarter pushed the Bears' lead 61-30 and eventually to as large as 34-point lead en route to the victory.
The Wildcats had 11 different student-athletes score in the game, led by junior LaShyra Williams' nine points. Emma Matthews, Macy Robinson, Jocelyn Rodriguez, and Jasmine Lee each scored six points while Karena Purnell came off the bench to lead the team with seven rebounds.
A pair of 27-point scorers led the Bears as Zhane Robinson added a game-high 18 rebound for the double-double. Smith poured in 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting, including hitting four three-pointers.
The Wildcats return home for their next action when they take on Caldwell on Saturday afternoon at the WU Athletics Complex. The women start the CACC doubleheader with a 1:00 p.m. tip.