Saturday, December 20, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
PHOENIX - Wesleyan took on Regis Jesuit in the second round of the Nike Tournament of Champions and came up short, falling 63-52 on Friday.
Regis Jesuit, which hails from Colorado and is ranked 25th nationally, led 33-30 at the half and held on in the fourth quarter with solid free-throw shooting.
"I thought we did a good job," Wesleyan head coach Jan Azar said. "They have seven girls that have commited to D-I schools and I feel they were much more experienced than us."
Erin Hall led Wesleyan (7-2) with 21 points while UGA commit Anne Marie Armstrong, who was in foul trouble most of the night, finished with 11 points.
Armstrong's absence forced Azar to play her reserves for longer periods and the bench responded well, especially Kennington Groff, who held Regis' point guard, a UCLA commit, to nine points.
The Wolves, who also had five assists from Aysia McKenzie, will play St. Mary's of California, who is ranked 36th nationally, today at 3:30 p.m.
"There's some great basketball out here," Azar said. "You go from one great gam to another and don't have a lot of time to focus on one team. We are having a lot of fun."
Azar's team managed to squeeze in some leisure time earlier with a trip to the desert and plans to take in the Arizona State-Xavier game on Sunday.