November 20, 2011

Lyons fall to Haverford in Wheaton Tip-Off Tournament Championship, 53-39

NORTON, Mass. – Sophomore Melissa McLaughlin (Spindale, N.C./R-S Central) scored eight points in Wheaton College's 53-39 loss to Haverford College in the championship game of the Wheaton Tip-Off Tournament Sunday afternoon at Emerson Gymnasium.

Senior Nicole Cullinane (Rindge, N.H./New Hampton School) added seven points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Lyons (1-2), who also received four points and nine rebounds from senior Gabbie DePalo (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven Regional). For her efforts, DePalo was named to the all-tournament team.

Haverford junior Dominique Meeks (Richmond, Va./Collegiate School) led all scorers with 18 points and also snared nine rebounds en route to earning Most Outstanding Player honors. Classmate Calla Miller (Jamison, Pa./Central Bucks South) added eight points, six boards and three assists, and joined Meeks on the all-tournament team.

The Fords led by two at the half behind 10 from Meeks and six points from freshman Elizabeth Lynch (Floral Park, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy). The Lyons were paced by junior Jeana Trimboli (Norwalk, Conn./Trinity Catholic), who knocked down a pair of three's to account for her six points.

Haverford opened the second half on a 25-11 run to open up a 17-point lead (51-33) with six minutes remaining. Meeks sparked the run with six points while Miller and junior Victoria Sobocinski (Southampton, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prep) each added five. McLaughin scored six of her points in the second half for Wheaton.

The Lyons were outrebounded 38-35 and turned the ball over 23 times – six less than Haverford (3-0). After shooting 37.0 percent in the first half, Wheaton slipped to 27.3 percent (6-of-23) in the second half. The Fords, meanwhile, racked up assists on 16 of their 21 field goals while collecting 14 steals.

Earlier in the day, Drew knocked off Lasell, 71-54, in the consolation game behind 18 points from Danielle Barber – including the 1,000th of her career on a free throw in the first half. She, along with Danielle Autencio of Lasell (40 points in two games), were each named to the all-tournament team.

Wheaton returns to action on November 27 with a 3 p.m. contest at Mount Ida. Haverford plays at Johns Hopkins Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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