NORTON, Mass. – Freshman Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in Wheaton College's season-opening 64-45 loss to Roger Williams University in non-conference women's basketball action Tuesday night at Emerson Gymnasium.
Appearing in her first collegiate game, Brickley shot 6-of-12 from the floor and collected two steals for the Lyons (0-1), who lost for just the fifth time in their last 21 season-openers. She was one of three Lyons in double-figures in scoring, along with juniors Jana Jagodzinski (Old Greenwich, Conn./Greenwich) and Gabbie DePalo (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven Regional), who scored 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Roger Williams was paced by sophomore Kaitlyn Bovee (Berlin, Conn./Berling), who netted a team-high 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field. Senior Ryan Weekes (Worcester, Mass./Holy Name) chipped in with 14 points and four assists while classmate Paige Congdon (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) scored seven points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Hawks grabbed an early 5-0 lead and went to the locker room in front by 16 at 29-16. Weekes scored 10 of her 14 in the opening 20 minutes as Roger Williams nailed 40 percent of their shots. The Lyons, meanwhile, shot 29.6 percent from the field – including 0-of-8 from downtown – and were led by Brickely's six points.
Roger Williams opened up its largest lead of the game (56-31) following a layup by Condon with 8:20 remaining in the second half. Bovee poured in nine of her points in the second stanza for RWU while Jagodzinski scored nine of her points to pace Wheaton. Brickley and DePalo each scored six points.
The two schools combined for 42 turnovers (22 for Wheaton, 20 for Roger Williams) and each team scored 30 points in the paint. However, the Hawks doubled up the Lyons in points off turnovers (24 to 12) and owned the glass, outrebounding the home team 43-28.
Wheaton returns to action this weekend when they host the Wheaton Tip-Off Tournament. The Lyons will face Lasell in the opening game at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Roger Williams travels to Providence for a 5:30 p.m. contest with in-state rival Johnson & Wales next Tuesday.