February 11, 2012

Strong first-half helps Clark defeat Wheaton, 59-41

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's basketball team suffered a 59-41 loss at Clark University Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at Kneller Athletic Center.

Senior Gabbie DePalo (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven Regional) paced the Lyons (8-15, 6-10 NEWMAC) with 12 points and eight rebounds. Senior Nicole Cullinane (Rindge, N.H./The Hampton School) added nine points to go along with four rebounds and a pair of assists while freshman Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

Sophomore Emily Reilly (Marlborough, Mass./Marlborough) led the Cougars with a game-high 18 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Ashleigh Condon (Hull, Mass./Hull) went for 15 points, three steals, two boards and two assists as Clark knocked down 39 percent of its shots (20-of-51) and 16 of 21 free throw attempts (76.2 pct.).

The Lyons, meanwhile, rattled in 26 percent of their attempts from the field (14-of-55) – including 5-of-23 from three-point land – and committed 19 turnovers which led to 24 Clark points.

Clark led 37-16 at halftime behind 13 points from Condon and 10 from Reilly. The Cougars shot 48 percent in the opening 20 minutes and knocked down three of their five three-point attempts. Wheaton, meanwhile, saw Cullinane and DePalo combine for 12 of the team's 16 points.

In the second half, the Lyons outscored the home team by three (25-22) and forced 12 turnovers but were unable to cut their deficit to single digits. The Cougars led by as many as 25 and never saw their lead dip below 14 points.

Brickely and sophomore Lauren McClelland (Scituate, Mass./Notre Dame) each finished with six points for Wheaton, which recorded assists on 12 of its 14 field goals.

The Lyons return home on Wednesday to host MIT at 7 p.m. Prior to the start of the contest, Wheaton will honor its three seniors – Cullinane, DePalo, and Kristina Paolino (Stamford, Conn./Trinity Catholic). The Cougars head to Babson for a 7:30 p.m. game on Wednesday.

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