Olivieri Matches Career-Best 20 Points as Women's Basketball Tops Salem State, 65-52

Olivieri Matches Career-Best 20 Points as Women's Basketball Tops Salem State, 65-52

SCORE: Wheaton 65 - Salem State 52

RECORDS: Wheaton (6-4), (1-1 NEWMAC) - Salem State (3-7), (0-0 MASCAC)

LOCATION: Salem, Mass. (Twohig Gymnasium) 


  • The Lyons defeated the Vikings of Salem State University, 65-52, to advance to the championship round of the Salem State Holiday Classic vs. North Park University. 
  • Senior guard Rebecca Olivieri matched a career-high performance of 20 points off the bench for the Lyons, in addition to a pair of steals and a pair of rebounds in 26 minutes of work. Olivieri was nearly flawless, as she shot 6-6 from the line, 4-4 in 3-point range and 5-6 from field goal range. 
  • First year forward Mikayla Pucci trailed just behind Olivieri with 15 points and 8 boards, while Ruthie Zientek grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds for her second double-double (10 points / 11 rebounds) of her career. 
  • Kia Fernandes of Salem State also scored 20 points as a reserve to go along with 9 rebounds, 4 blocks and a steal. 
  • Courtney Paschal tallied 15 points in 21 minutes on the court for the Vikings. 
  • Wheaton outscored the Vikings 11-3 in the opening quarter before depositing the first 8 of the second for a 19-3 lead. Salem State fought back to score the next 7, cutting the lead to 19-10 before Olivieri answered with a 3-pointer with 4 minutes left in the half. The Lyons would score 6 to Salem's 5 over the remainder of the period to head into the break with a 28-15 advantage. 
  • Salem State put up 21 points to Wheaton's 17 in the third, as Fernandes and Paschal posted 9 and 8 points for the quarter, respectively. 
  • Trailing 45-38 to start the final period, the Vikings used a pair of Brianna Rodriguez free throws to cut the deficit down to 7 points at 45-38. Paschal shaved the gap down to six with a layup with 5:27 to go, but that would be as close as the hosts would get as Wheaton ended up knocking down 18 points over the remaining 4:31 minutes en route to a 65-52 victory. 


  • Field Goals: Wheaton 20-52 / Salem State 19-64
  • 3-Point FG: Wheaton 9-18 / Salem State 5-19
  • Free Throw: Wheaton 16-18 / Salem State 9-13
  • Points off Turnovers: Wheaton 12 / Salem State 13
  • Field Goal %: Wheaton 38.5 / Salem State 29.7
  • 3-Point %: Wheaton 50.0 / Salem State 26.3
  • Rebounds: Wheaton 46 / Salem State 34

UP NEXT: Wheaton returns to the court tomorrow, December 30 at 2:00 p.m., as they take on North Park University in the championsh round of the Salem State Holiday Classic.   VIDEO / LIVE STATS