NORTON, Mass. - First-year Natalie Wind knocked down 20 points off the bench against Springfield College Saturday afternoon to set a new career-high in scoring, as the Wheaton College women's basketball team fell to the visiting Pride, 68-52, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest in Emerson Gymnasium.
Wind ended the contest 7-for-11 from the floor, which included hitting 2-of-5 from three-point range, while finishing a perfect 4-for-4 from the free-throw line. Junior Ruthie Zientek ended the game with eight points, while Jill Bodreau chipped in six. First-year Lexi L'Heureux-Carland led the team in rebounds with six.
The Prides Ava Adamopoulos finished with the games only double-double, leading all scorers with 24 points, while pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds. Adamopoulos, who came off the bench, scored her 24 points on a 11-for-18 afternoon from the floor and a 2-for-2 performance from the charity stripe. Heather King also finished in double-figures scoring, netting 10 points for Springfield.
Danielle Racette handed Springfield an early lead just a minute into the game after converting on both of her free-throw attempts. Bodreau countered a minute later with a three-pointer, giving Wheaton its only lead of the contest. King netted her first basket of the game with 7:11 to go in the opening quarter, giving the Pride the lead back for good. Adamopoulos sent Springfield into the second quarter with a 10 point, 23-13, advantage with a layup in the final 20 seconds of the quarter.
Sophia Black cut the Lyon deficit to eight points, 23-15, to start the second quarter. Springfield narrowly outscored Wheaton in the second quarter to take a 41-28 lead into intermission.
As they did in the second quarter, the Lyons managed to hold the Pride to fewer points in the third quarter (15 points) and fourth (12 points). Wheaton won the fourth quarter, outscoring the visitors 17-12 with the help of 12 points from Wind, but it would not be enough.
Prior to the game, the Lyons teamed 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. The team also wore "Play 4Kay" t-shirts in warm-ups to spread awareness and show support.
Fans who could not attend the contest can donate online by visiting the Lyons "Play 4 Kay" website.
Throughout February, high schools, universities and local organizations are dedicated to raising funds and awareness to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund's (KYCF), mission of supporting scientific research focused on women's cancers, as well as projects assisting the undeserved community.
In her 34-year tenure at North Carolina State University, the late Kay Yow became the first coach to win two Olympic gold medals, guided her teams to 20 NCAA Tournaments and was inducted into 11 Halls of Fame. However, coach Yow's legacy in the community extends far beyond the basketball court.Yow founded the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in 2007 before passing away in 2009 after her 22-year battle with breast cancer.
Wheaton returns to the court on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at home against the Coast Guard Academy at 7 p.m. The Wheaton College athletics department will recognize its senior female athletes that night as part of National Girls & Women in Sports Day.