Brickley nets third-consecutive double-digit performance in loss for Lyons
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — Smith College had four of its five starters score in double-figures to earn a 70-46 victory over Wheaton College at the Ainsworth/Scott Gym in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) turned in a game-high 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting, five rebounds, three steals and one block. Freshman guard Rebecca Arnone (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) and senior guard Gabby Barbera (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) added six points apiece.
The Pioneers were led by sophomore guard Paulina Solis (Santa Ana, Calif./Foothill) who scored a game-high 16 points going 6-of-11 from the field, 2-of-5 from long distance and 2-of-3 at the free throw line. Solis also had a game-high six steals, three rebounds and two assists.
Senior guard Devon Quattrocchi (Brewster, N.Y./Brewster) compiled 14 points, a game-high six assists, four rebounds and five steals while junior forward Sydney Parkmond (Waterbury, Conn./Chase Collegiate) contributed 12 points. Junior center Rosa Drummond (Rye, N.H./Portsmouth) rounded out Smith's starters in double-figures with ten points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Wheaton committed 36 turnovers in the contest, including 22 in the first half, while Smith turned the ball over 20 times. The Pioneers recorded 21 steals (13 in the first half) and 42 points off of turnovers. Wheaton shot 37.5-percent from the field, 16.7-percent from long distance and 57.1-percent at the line. Smith posted a 39.1-percent field goal percentage, shot 21.4-percent from beyond the arc and 86.7-percent at the charity stripe. The Lyons outrebounded the hosts, 40-38.
Smith raced out to a 17-6 lead at the 11:43 mark of the first half as Drummond fueled the run with seven points. The Pioneers outscored the Lyons, 23-14, the rest of the way in the opening stanza and never looked back. Brickley led Wheaton's offense in the first half with six points on a 3-of-4 shooting (75.0%), four rebounds and two steals.
In the second half, Wheaton cut its deficit to as low as 17 points with a layup from freshman forward Emily Romans (Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) at the 9:56 mark. Smith answered with a 16-2 run to seal the victory. Quattrocchi tallied the majority of the scoring with six points on a pair of free throws, one jump shot and a layup.
Wheaton (3-3, 1-1 NEWMAC) travels to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on Tuesday, December 4 for a NEWMAC clash at 7 p.m. Smith (4-1, 2-0 NEWMAC) visits Springfield College on Tuesday for a conference matchup scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m.