PHOENIX, Ariz. -- In its first game at Nike's Tournament of Champions in Arizona, the Wesleyan girls basketball team just ran out of time.
The Wolves' girls dropped their first game of the season to Good Counsel out of Maryland 71-64. The nationally ranked team out of the Washington, D.C. area was led by its senior guard Faith Randolph and backcourt mate Lindsey Spann. The pair helped Good Counsel build an early lead and make the late fourth-quarter run that sank Wesleyan.
Playing at 10:30 a.m. local time in Arizona, Wesleyan started as sluggish as it was early. They quickly fell behind 14-4 in the first quarter.
"We finally got our legs under us," head coach Jan Azar said.
By halftime, Wesleyan led by two.
From there, each team matched the other's run, keeping the game close. Wesleyan pulled away briefly in the third quarter, going up by seven points. But the lead didn't hold against unbeaten Good Counsel. Each team traded leads in the fourth quarter and it was Good Counsel making the final burst.
"At the end of the game they did a better job of capitalizing on our mistakes," Azar said.
Wesleyan's defense did a good job of creating turnovers, Azar said, but the offense couldn't take advantage and Good Counsel found plenty of points in transition.
"They were just the last to go up three or four," Azar said. "We have to finish in the fourth quarter. We have to take what we learned from tonight (and build on it)."
Holli Wilkins led Wesleyan's balanced offense with a team-high 15 points and Brittany Stevens followed with 11 for the Wolves, who play the loser of St. Mary's (Ariz.) and Christ the King (N.Y.) Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.