NORTON, Mass. – Senior Gabbie DePalo (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven Regional) scored 14 points and snared nine rebounds in Wheaton College's 47-36 loss to WPI in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action Tuesday night at Emerson Gymnasium.
Freshman Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) added 12 points and seven rebounds for the Lyons (2-5, 1-2 NEWMAC), who held a 10-point halftime lead (24-14) before being outscored 33-12 in the second half. Senior Lauren Hannmann (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the second half for WPI (3-5, 1-2 NEWMAC).
DePalo knocked down five of her six shots in the first half as the Lyons shot 44.0 percent from the floor. Brickley chipped in with four points while freshman Kenzie Kuhn (Glenwood Springs, Colo./Glenwood Springs) recorded three points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Defensively, Wheaton held the Engineers to 22.2 percent from the field (6-of-27) while forcing 13 turnovers. Hannmann paced WPI with six points and five boards.
In the second half, DePalo converted a layup to open the scoring and expand the Wheaton lead to 12. The Engineers answered with a 14-2 run to tie the game at 28 with nine minutes remaining, led by five points from Hannmann and four from junior Theresa Logan (Southboro, Mass./Algonquin Regional). Less than a minute later, Hannmann knocked down a three to give WPI its first lead of the evening. Two buckets from both Hannmann and sophomore Kelly Morgan (Brookline, N.H./Hollis-Brookline) pushed the lead to 11 (41-30) with 3:51 to go, and Wheaton was not able to get closer than eight the rest of the way.
Logan finished with nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds while Morgan had six points and a pair of assists as WPI made 50 percent of its shots (11-of-22) in the half. The Lyons outrebounded the Engineers 40-37 and held a 2-to-1 edge in points in the paint (28 to 14), but shot 15.6 percent in the second stanza (5-of-32).
Wheaton returns to action Friday evening when it plays at NEWMAC rival Babson at 7 p.m. WPI hosts Springfield Friday at 7 p.m.