Mount Holyoke Slips Past Wheaton, 51-49

Mount Holyoke Slips Past Wheaton, 51-49

Shoemaker scores nine points, grabs 11 boards in loss

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – Mount Holyoke College used a 6-4 run with 3:29 remaining in the contest to claim a 51-49 victory over Wheaton College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon at Howard Gym.

Freshman forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) fell one point shy of her third-straight double-double with nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) notched a team-high ten points on 5-of-9 shooting and four rebounds while classmate Kirsten Ferrari (Lynn, Mass./Saint Mary's) added eight points, three assists and two rebounds.

Mount Holyoke sophomore guard Kate Karraker (Morgantown, W.V./Taft School) poured in a game-high 17 points draining 5-of-7 of her three-point attempts and also added three assists and two rebounds.  Senior guard Angelica Pascual (Lawrence, Mass./Proctor Academy) collected 14 points while sophomore forward Amber Legare (Chicopee, Mass./Chicopee Comprehensive) tallied ten points and nine rebounds. Freshman guard Genelle Green (Windsor, Conn./Miss Porter's School) recorded a double-double with ten points and ten caroms.

Tied 45-45 with 3:29 left to play, Greene canned a three-pointer at the 2:59 mark on a feed from Karraker to jump out ahead, 48-45. After both teams exchanged misses, Brickley converted a layup in traffic at 1:05 to cut the deficit to 48-47.

Wheaton called a 30-second timeout immediately after Brickley's made basket but Karraker answered on the ensuing possession with her fifth 3-pointer of the contest to put the hosts up for good with 47-seconds remaining. Wheaton missed a pair of three-point attempts down the stretch before Brickley swished a jump shot with 11-seconds to play to close out the scoring. The visitors nearly tied the game with three-seconds left on a runner from the three-point line but it banked off the backboard and did not hit the cylinder.

Mount Holyoke shot 37.3-percent overall (19-for-51), 47.4-percent from long distance (9-for-19) and 36.4-percent at the free throw line (4-for-11). Wheaton went 33.9-percent from the floor (19-for-56), 30.0-percent from three-point range (6-for-20) and 83.3-percent at the line (5-for-6). Mount Holyoke outrebounded Wheaton, 40-33, and held an 18-12 advantage in points in the paint.

Wheaton (5-6, 2-3 NEWMAC) hosts Springfield College on Tuesday, January 8 for a NEWMAC matchup schedule at 7 p.m. Mount Holyoke (3-7, 1-4 NEWMAC) welcomes Wellesley on Tuesday for a conference game at 7 p.m.