Wesleyan rolls past Salem
Carl Lewis | Contributed photo
Junior point guard Nyesha Best recorded season highs in N.C. Wesleyan’s Jan. 4 win over Salem. Best scored five points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out six assists.
ROCKY MOUNT — The N.C. Wesleyan College women’s basketball team rolled to an easy 83-52 victory over Salem College in their first game of 2022 on Tuesday, Jan. 4.
The Bishops got off to a strong start, running out to an 11-0 lead before leading 21-7 at the end of the opening quarter. The Bishops then outscored the Spirits 22-19 in the second to lead 43-26 at the break.
Wesleyan played strong defense in the third quarter, holding Salem to just 12 points while outscoring the Spirits 23-12 before a competitive fourth quarter saw Wesleyan take it 17-14 to grab the 30-point win.
A former player of the week, junior forward Kayrisma Harrison, led the Bishops with another strong double-double of 19 points and 17 rebounds, tying a season high, along with two assists and a block. Fellow forward Johnay Goddard also played well,scoring a season best of 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting with five rebounds and two steals.
Junior point guard Nyesha Best also had a solid all-around game as she recorded season highs with six assists and five rebounds along with scoring five points, while fellow guards Myesha Best and Areina Harris tallied eight points apiece with Harris bringing down six rebounds. Sophomore forward Nadia Simmons was the third member of the Bishops to finish in double figures, scoring 10 points with seven rebounds and three blocks.
Wesleyan shot 42% overall and limited Salem to just 12% from three-point range.
N.C. Wesleyan improved to 5-7 overall and 3-2 in the conference with the win, while Salem fell to 1-10 and 0-5.
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