NORTON, Mass. – Freshman Kenzie Kuhn (Glenwood Springs, Colo./Glenwood Springs) poured in a career-high 19 points – including five 3-pointers – to help the Wheaton College women's basketball team snap a two-game losing skid with a 63-48 win over Springfield College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action Saturday afternoon at Emerson Gymnasium.
Classmate Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) added 14 points, four rebounds and four steals as the Lyons (7-10, 5-5 NEWMAC) knocked down nine of their 16 three-point attempts (56.3 pct.) and 12 of their 13 free throws. Wheaton also held a 36-26 edge on the glass, led by nine rebounds from senior Gabbie DePalo (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven Regional).
Kuhn buried her first two three-pointers in the opening 6:26 of the contest to give the Lyons an early 15-8 lead. A pair of free throws from Brickley at 7:28 pushed the lead to 10 at 24-14 before a 10-0 run by the Pride (10-7, 6-4 NEWMAC) tied the score at 24.
Kuhn stopped the run with her third triple of the afternoon, and a layup by DePalo with 1:36 on the clock sent Wheaton to the locker room with a 29-24 lead. Springfield senior Kelly Slattery (Somers, Conn./University of New Haven) led all scorers with 14 points in the opening half while Kuhn had nine to pace Wheaton.
The Lyons continued their strong play in the second as they opened the half on a 13-4 run to push their lead to 14 at 42-28. Kuhn dropped in a pair of three's during the run while sophomore Melissa McLaughin (Spindale, N.C./R-S Central) added a three-pointer of her own. The Pride cut their deficit to eight (48-40) with nine minutes remaining before McLaughlin's second triple of the half restored Wheaton's 10 point lead, which it held the rest of the way.
"We stayed composed, played with toughness, and were resilient against a very strong Springfield team," said Lyons head coach Melissa Hodgdon. "I thought our two freshmen played as veterans today. I am proud of the entire team and the fans that supported us throughout the game."
McLaughlin finished with 11 points, four assists, three rebounds and a pair of steals for Wheaton, which had assists on 18 of its 21 field goals. In addition to her nine rebounds, DePalo also scored nine points.
Slattery finished with a game-high 21 points for Springfield, which finished the contest shooting 34.0 percent from the field – including 1-of-13 from behind the arc. Senior Kelly Murray (Mechanicville, N.Y./Mechanicville) added eight points, three assists and three steals for the visitors.
The Lyons return to action on Wednesday when they travel to New London, Conn. for a 5:30 p.m. contest with Coast Guard. Springfield travels to Worcester for a 7 p.m. contest with Clark on Wednesday.