Lyons come up short at WPI, 57-47

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's basketball team suffered a 57-47 loss at WPI Wednesday night in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at Harrington Auditorium.

Freshman Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) recorded her second-career double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds for Wheaton. Senior Nicole Cullinane (Rindge, N.H./New Hampton School) added eight points while classmate Gabbie DePalo (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven Regional) tallied seven points to go along with eight boards and three assists.

WPI junior Theresa Logan (Southboro, Mass./Algonquin Regional) led all scorers with 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting and also snared nine rebounds and seven steals in 35 minutes of action. Senior Lauren Hannmann (East Greenbush, N.Y./Columbia) registered 12 points for the Engineers, who shot 43.5 pct. from the field and forced the Lyons to commit 20 turnovers.

The Lyons grabbed a quick 5-0 lead behind a layup by Brickley and a triple by sophomore Melissa McLaughlin (Spindale, N.C./R-S Central) before the Engineers tied the game at eight on a basket by Hannmann at 16:56 of the first half. A jumper by Cullinane at 13:39 that gave the Lyons a 13-12 was followed by a stretch of more than five minutes of scoreless basketball before a basket by Hannmann at 8:35 gave WPI the lead for good at 14-13.

Wheaton trailed by two points at the half and was led by Brickley's seven points. Logan, meanwhile, poured in 12 of her points in the opening 20 minutes while Hannmann had six.

In the second half, WPI stretched its lead to nine on a layup by Logan at 15:43 and soon went ahead by 16 on a layup by junior Cindy Chelius (Northfield, N.J./Mainland Regional) at 12:22. The Lyons sliced the lead to eight points on two occasions – the last coming with 1:22 remaining – but the Engineers sank four of six free throws down the stretch to earn the 'W.'

Chelius finished with nine points, four rebounds, two steals and two assists. McLaughlin posted six points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists for Wheaton, which outrebounded WPI 34-29.

Wheaton returns to action on Saturday with a 2 p.m. home contest against nationally-ranked Babson. WPI travels to Springfield for a noon contest on Saturday.

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