By Dana Amihere
Wesleyan could not quite stave off Toccoa Falls in a down=to-the-wire 65-63 matchup on Tuesday night. The pioneers played an even-keeled game, scoring 29 points in the first half and 34 points in the second half. Junior Erinn Williams and first year Ashley Harris tied for the lead in scoring, each contributing sixteen points. The Pioneers shooting accuracy is up from recent games against conference competitors Huntingdon and Spelman Colleges. According to student assistant coach, Crystal Church, this may have been Wesleyan’s best offensive game of the season.
Wesleyan nearly stole the game from the Lady Eagles in the last five minutes of play. The Pioneers quickly tied the score 31-31 in the first minute of the second half, and again at 14:32, 40-40. The ‘Neers fell behind the farthest at 7:02, trailing twelve points behind Toccoa Falls. However, a series of turnovers and steals got the Pioneers back in the game. With only 27 seconds remaining and only two points standing between the ‘Neers and a win, Wesleyan’s fans were on their feet cheering. However, a last minute foul and the opportunity for Toccoa to rack up some easy one pointers were enough for them to fly past Wesleyan for the win.
Despite the close call, the Pioneers still had a reason to celebrate. Student assistant coach Church guided the team solo for the first tie. As a former WCBB player, Church said that she was nervous at first, but coaching just felt natural. Commenting on the experience, “I was excited to be coaching at Wesleyan, a team that I [had] played for. It’s a different perspective and I loved it.”