Vitagliano nets career-high 17 points
BABSON PARK, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's basketball team fell to Babson College, currently ranked no. 18 in the latest USA Today Top 25 Coaches' Poll and no. 22 in the D3hoops.com poll, by a score of 70-50 on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action in Staake Gymnasium.
Senior guard Hallie Vitagliano (Newton, Mass./Newton) recorded a career-high 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting including a 4-for-7 performance from beyond the arc to go along with one rebound and one steal. Freshman forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) had eight points and four rebounds while sophomore forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) added five points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist.
For Babson, senior Sarah Collins (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) notched a double-double with 16 points (7-for-11 from the field) and 11 caroms. Freshman forward Megan Otto (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) collected a game-high 17 points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals. Classmate Kristen Ferola (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) contributed nine points and four assists.
The Beavers opened up the game on a 14-1 run over a four minute and 18-second span as Collins fueled the offense with eight points. Otto registered four points while senior guard Allanah Wynn (Quincy, Mass./Milton Academy) finished a layup at 19:38 to start the scoring run.
Wheaton chipped away at its deficit bringing the game within eight points (19-11) at the 11:40 mark with a 10-5 spurt of its own. Vitagliano buried a pair of three-pointers at 14:03 and 11:40 to lead the Lyons offensively with six points during that stretch. Brickley converted 1-of-2 free throw shots at 18:24 and sophomore guard Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) and junior guard Melissa McLaughlin (Spindale, N.C./R-S Central) added a bucket apiece.
Babson closed out the half with a 32-20 lead and never looked back pushing its lead to as many as 26 points (55-29) with 9:09 remaining in the contest. The Beavers shot 46.7-percent (28-for-60) from the field, 33.3-percent (3-for-9) from long range and 64.7-percent (11-for-17) at the free throw line. The Lyons connected on 34.7-percent (17-for-49) of its field goal attempts, 40.0-percent (6-for-15) from three-point range and 71.4-percent (10-for-14) at the line. Wheaton outscored Babson, 31-23, in points off of the bench. The Beavers held a 44-6 advantage in points in the paint and a 24-7 margin in points off of turnovers.
Wheaton (8-13, 6-8 NEWMAC) travels to Wellesley College on Wednesday, February 6 for a NEWMAC matchup at 7 p.m. Babson (19-2, 14-0 NEWMAC) hosts MIT on the same day at 6 p.m.