Lyons record moves to 4-8 in the conference
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's basketball team fell to Smith College, 74-60, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon in Emerson Gymnasium.
Sophomores Kenzie Kuhn (Glenwood Springs, Colo./Glenwood Springs) and Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) registered nine points apiece. Junior guard Melissa McLaughlin (Spindale, N.C./R-S Central) had five points, eight rebounds and three assists. Classmate Lauren McClelland (Scituate, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) hauled in eight caroms and dished out three assists.
Pioneers' junior center Rosa Drummond (Rye, N.H./Portsmouth) led four players in double-figures with 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting, nine rebounds and three steals. Senior guard Devon Quattrocchi (Brewster, N.Y./Brewster) contributed 13 points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals.
Sophomore guard Paulina Solis (Santa Ana, Calif./Foothill) added 12 points to go along with seven assists and eight steals (both game highs) while junior forward Sydney Parkmond (Waterbury, Conn./Chase Collegiate) posted 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The lead changed hands on eight separate occasions in the second half before Smith College took over the contest at the 14:10 mark of the stanza. Drummond gave the Pioneers a 38-36 advantage (14:50) with a three-pointer from the top of the key but Kuhn quickly responded for the Lyons with a three-pointer of her own from the left corner to reclaim the lead at 39-38 (14:26). Drummond answered on the next possession dialing up another long distance shot on a feed from Solis and the visitors never looked back using a 12-2 run over the next three minutes and 14-seconds to put the game away.
Smith College led by as many as 19 points with 4:35 remaining in the game after a three-pointer from Quattrocchi from the left wing.
Wheaton erased a nine point deficit (13-4) in the first half outscoring the Pioneers 18-9 over nine minutes and 53-seconds of play to tie the score at 22-22 (2:11). Shoemaker paced the offense with eight points while Pierce added four points including the game-tying three point shot. Solis closed out the half with a pair of free throws at the 1:51 mark and a jumper in the paint with 16-seconds to play.
Smith College notched a 44-22 advantage in points in the paint and a 36-11 margin in points off of turnovers. The Lyons outrebounded the visitors 49-29 including 28-16 on the offensive glass.
Wheaton (7-12, 4-8 NEWMAC) hosts WPI on Wednesday, January 30 at 7 p.m. in Emerson Gymnasium on Play 4Kay Cancer Awareness Night. The College Against Cancer organization will accept donations in the lobby during game time but fans can also go to Wheaton's Play 4Kay website to benefit the cause. The Wheaton Athletics Department will also be recognizing its senior women student-athletes and both of WPI's seniors at halftime as a part of National Girl and Women in Sports Day. Smith (16-2, 11-1 NEWMAC), winners of four-straight games, travels to Williams College on Monday, January 28 at 7 p.m. Earlier this season, the Pioneers topped the Lyons 70-46 at home on December 1, 2012.