November 22, 2009

Lyons fall on second day of Johns Hopkins tournament

BALTIMORE, MD- The Wheaton College women's basketball team finished up action at Johns Hopkins University's two-day Mike Durgala Memorial Tournament with a 76-53 setback against Richard Stockton College of New Jersey in the consolation game on Sunday in Goldfarb Gymnasium. The Lyons, now 1-2, held an 11-point edge at halftime over the Ospreys, who improved to 2-1.

Senior Jenny Champney (Bedford, MA/Bedford) landed on the all-tournament team for Wheaton, posting a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds as well as shooting 8-of-10 on free-throw attempts. Freshman reserve Gabby Barbera (Ridgewood, NJ/Ridgewood) hit a pair of three-pointers en route to tallying eight points, and senior Andrea Bailey (Needham, MA/Needham) had seven assists.

Junior Julia Fagan (New Britain, CT/New Britain) led Richard Stockton with 18 points and 14 rebounds, freshman Che'Na Thompson (Salem, NJ/Salem) added 13 points and four steals off the bench, and sophomore Nancy White (Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) tallied 12 points, eight boards and five assists.

Wheaton yielded the first four points of the game and trailed 8-4 before Champney netted five points during a 7-0 run, providing an 11-8 edge for the Lyons, who extended their lead to 11 points during the later stages of the opening half. The Blue and White held a 38-27 advantage at the break, shooting 41.2 percent by intermission while holding Richard Stockton to a 27.6-percent showing. The Ospreys totaled only eight first-half field goals while generating much of their offense at the charity stripe, where they were 10-of-12.

The second stanza proved to be a different story, as Richard Stockton scored the first 14 points by 16:25 and matched their opening-period offensive output during the initial 9:09. By the 8:23 mark, the Ospreys were on a 37-4 run that gave them a 64-42 advantage. The Lyons shot 16.1 percent in the second half, including 0-of-11 from beyond the arc, while committing 19 turnovers. Richard Stockton connected on 41 percent of its shots while going 15-of-19 at the charity stripe.

Wheaton returns to action next Sunday at University of New England at 2:00 p.m.

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