Champney's big effort lifts visiting Wheaton past Clark, 75-59

WORCESTER, MA- Senior Jenny Champney (Bedford, MA/Bedford) notched 22 points, eight rebounds and five blocks on Wednesday evening, leading Wheaton College to a 75-59 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball victory over Clark University in the Kneller Athletic Center.

The Lyons improved to 13-7 overall and 10-3 in the league, reaching the 70-point plateau for the first time since December 9, when the squads last met. The Cougars fell to 4-16 and 3-10.

Champney shot 10-of-15 en route to her fifth 20-point game of the season. Freshman Jeana Trimboli (Norwalk, CT/Trinity Catholic) added 13 points, a season-high seven assists and three steals while canning four three-pointers. With 44 threes this year, Trimboli is now one shy of matching Bri Smith's '09 program record for freshmen, set in 2005-06.

Senior Andrea Bailey (Needham, MA/Needham) knocked down three three-pointers while totaling 11 points and matching Champney for a game high of eight rebounds from her point guard spot. The Lyons went 10-of-20 from beyond the arc, hit 85 percent of their free-throw tries by going 17-of-20, and held a 47-29 advantage on the glass.

Sophomore Kate Minister (Manchester, England/Proctor Academy) scored 23 points for Clark, going 6-of-12 from deep, while senior Jillian Camilleri (Lancaster, MA/Nashoba Regional) totaled 14 points and seven rebounds, reaching the 1,000-point milestone.

The Lyons trailed early, falling behind 4-3 before Champney sparked a 9-0 run, scoring four points to push the visitors out to a 12-4 advantage by 14:11 of the opening half. Wheaton extended its lead to 19-9 before a 10-0 run by Clark forced a tie with 9:19 remaining, but the Blue and White ended the period on a 16-6 spurt and carried a 35-25 advantage into the locker room. During the run, Wheaton held the Cougars to 2-of-15 shooting.

By halftime, Champney had already turned in 14 points, five rebounds and four blocks, while Trimboli had canned three three-pointers and notched five assists and three steals. The Lyons were buoyed by a 5-of-11 showing from three-point range.

Minister drilled a three 10 seconds into the final stanza to bring the Cougars within 35-28, but Champney scored four points during an ensuing 9-0 run to give the Lyons a 44-28 advantage with 16:55 remaining. Clark never again drew closer than 10 points, as the visitors' lead bulged to as much as 19 on senior Callie Schneider's (Nashua, NH/Bishop Guertin) hoop with 12 seconds remaining. Minister canned a late three to complete the scoring.

Wheaton plays three of its next four contests at home, beginning with a 2:00 p.m. contest on Saturday versus Springfield College in a NEWMAC match-up. By virtue of the Pride downing Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on Wednesday, both Springfield and the Engineers are tied for third in the league. The Lyons stand alone in second place.