Ohio Valley University women fall to Kentucky Wesleyan

VIENNA — After falling behind by 10 points at the half, Ohio Valley University never got any closer than seven in the second half Thursday night in falling to visiting Kentucky Wesleyan 73-60 in a Great Midwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball game at the Snyder Activity Center.

Wesleyan, now 10-1, got a game-high 22 points from Brittany Wells,16 from Shayla Wright and 15 from Jennifer Walker-Crawford.

For OVU, now 4-7, Cydney Franklin and Anee’ Braswell posted 17 points each, while Shicole Watts netted 14 and former PHS player Haley Ackerman tallied nine on a trio of 3-point baskets as she started for the host Scots.

OVU erased an early 2-0 Panthers lead with an 11-2 run to forge an 11-4 advantage, only to see Wesleyan retake the lead at 15-13 on a trey by Wright at the 4:01 mark of the first quarter.

Then after ties at 15 and 18, Wells canned a hoop with six seconds left to take the opening period, 20-18, for Wesleyan.

Franklin and Braswell kept OVU close in the second stanza until a 9-2 Panther spurt in the final five minutes propelled the visitors ahead by 10 at 37-27 at halftime.

The third quarter saw OVU fall back by as much as 15 at 54-39 at the 3:15 mark. A Watts basket sliced the deficit to 10 at 55-45 with 32.2 seconds remaining, but Walker-Crawford hit a trey with just three seconds to go to give her team a 13-point bulge at 58-45 heading into the fourth quarter.

The last eight minutes saw OVU early on reduce the Panther lead to10 at 60-50. But then an 8-0 Wesleyan run made it a formidable 68-50 bulge with only 5:25 left to play.

The Scots were not quite done just yet though, rallying back behind hoops from Franklin and Braswell before Ackerman hit her second 3-point bank shot of the night and Braswell converted a three-point play at 1:33 to bring the lead down to 10 at 70-60.

However, a trey by Wright at 1:09 cut short at the last-gasp OVU comeback.

“I think that we competed all night long,” said OVU head coach Jazmone Turner. “I think what it came down is we didn’t get enough stops. They were making shots and we were too. But we weren’t getting defensive stops especially in the second and third quarters — and that hurt us big time.”