BOSTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's basketball team hit the road for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest Wednesday night, falling to the Emerson Lions 65-59.
Wheaton was led by a game-high 17 points from senior Sophia Black, who finished 6-of-16 from the floor and 5-for-7 from the free-throw line. Jill Bodreau was the only other Lyon to score in double-figures, knocking down 13 points. Emily Cuthbertson ended the contest with a game-high 10 rebounds for Wheaton.
Natalie Busch knocked down 15 points for Emerson, while Maya Savino netted 14 points and Charlie Boyle finished with 12. Boyle and Sierra Ducey led the Lions with nine rebounds.
Emerson held Wheaton scoreless through the first four and a half minutes of action, capturing a 10-0 lead before the Lyons could get on the board. Black finally ended the scoring drought with 5:02 to play in the opening quarter, but the momentum remained with the Lions who quickly pushed ahead to a 21-5 advantage. Wheaton won the second quarter, outscoring the hosts 16-10, but it was Emerson who took the lead (35-26) into halftime.
The Lions continued to hold a comfortable lead through much of the third quarter, until the 3:21 mark when Wheaton pieced together a 10-1 run to cut its deficit to one point (46-45). Emerson buckled down and held Wheaton scoreless through the first five minutes of the fourth quarter to push its lead back to 10. Abby Hamilton netted a put-back jumper at the 4:52 mark to end Wheaton's scoreless streak. The Lyons continued to fight, using a 9-3 run to cut the Emerson lead to four, 58-54, with 2:26 left in regulation. Bodreau pulled Wheaton within five points with 10 seconds remaining, but Savino ended the contest with a made free-throw to hand the Lions the 65-59 win.
Wheaton had a better night from the free-throw line than Emerson, putting away 10-of-12 (83.3%), while the Lions finished just 11-of-16 (68.8%). Wheaton out rebounded the hosts, collecting 42 boards to Emerson's 36.
Wheaton returns to the court on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. for its "Play 4 Kay" game against Springfield College.
Prior to the game, the women's basketball team will be teaming up with Finally Lisa's Hair Salon to help raise funds for the Kay Yow Fund by offering"pink hair" to show support for finding a cure. Pink hair extension ($10) or pink hair spray ($5) with a 100% of the proceeds for the money made from the pink hair spray will donated to the Kay Yow Foundation and 50% of all proceeds of the hair extension will be donated (the other 50% pays for the hair).
Fans who cannot attend Saturday's contest can donate online by visiting the Lyons "Play 4 Kay" website.