NORTON, MA- Wheaton College women's basketball senior Andrea Bailey (Needham, MA/Needham) was named New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Player of the Week for the week ending on Sunday, February 14, taking home her second league accolade of the winter.
During a 1-1 week, Bailey averaged 17.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals from her spot at point guard, shooting 50.0 percent (11-22), including 53.3 percent (8-15) from three-point range. Thanks to her efforts, Wheaton clinched a NEWMAC Tournament first-round home game and has now posted at least 14 victories in five straight seasons, a feat last accomplished between 1990-91 and 1995-96, a six-year span.
In a 75-65 overtime loss at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Thursday, Bailey canned three threes in the final 35 seconds during a personal 9-3 run that forced overtime. She finished with 17 points, a career-high 14 boards and seven helpers, going 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. In a 47-44 victory over Smith College on Saturday, Bailey again had 17 points, shooting 3-of-6 from deep and 4-of-5 at the charity stripe, while turning in six rebounds and three steals.
Bailey's 138 assists this season tie her for fourth in school annals, as she now owns three of the top six single-season marks. She has turned in her third 150-point, 100-rebound and 100-assist season, figures that only two other players in program history have even recorded once, and is the lone player in New England averaging at least 8.5 points, 5.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds.
The co-captain is first in program history with 470 career assists, all but 51 of which have come her sophomore year, and stands tied for fifth in games played (110). Thanks to 43 three-pointers this season, Bailey is tied for seventh at Wheaton in career treys (97).
Bailey and her Wheaton counterparts are tied for third in the league with Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), which the Lyons face on Saturday in each team's regular season finale. At 14-9 overall and 11-5 in the NEWMAC, the Blue and White also takes on visiting Wellesley College on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.