Brickley earns Most Outstanding Player honors
NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College junior forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) led all scorers with 23 points and also added six rebounds and four steals to guide the Lyons past Trinity College, 75-59, in the championship game of the Cheryl Warren-Powers '95 Memorial Tournament on Sunday afternoon at Emerson Gymnasium.
The Lyons (2-0) captured their eighth tournament title in program history improving to 27-13 all-time since 1990. Warren-Powers, who passed away on May 22, 2012, was a standout athlete in basketball and softball at Bishop Feehan High School becoming the first female athlete to score 1,000 career points for the Shamrocks. She went on to play both sports at Wheaton and, upon graduating, continued to be an avid supporter of each program. As a coach, Cheryl impacted many including the student-athletes she was involved with on the Lyons softball team and the girls' basketball program at Foxboro High School.
Sophomore guard Rebecca Arnone (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) contributed 14 points, two rebounds and two assists, classmate Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) notched 12 points, four boards and three blocks and junior guard Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) registered an all-around game with 11 points, eight rebounds, six assists and one steal. In the two-day tournament, Pierce dished out 16 assists including a career-high ten assists against Lesley on the opening day of play.
Trinity senior forward Taylor Murtaugh (New York, N.Y./Bronx Science) tallied a team-high 16 points on 7-of-17 shooting and four rebounds. Classmate Shantel Hanniford (Nantucket, Mass./Nantucket) collected 11 points and nine rebounds and senior Moriah Sweeney (Ramsey, N.J./Ramsey) chipped in with ten points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Wheaton led from the opening tip-off jumping out to a 6-0 advantage and never looked back. Brickley scored back-to-back buckets to get the offense rolling and Shoemaker followed with a layup of her own before Murtaugh put the Bantams on the board at 17:53 with a jumper. Trinity cut its deficit within one possession on three separate occasions over the next 6:33 of action as Hanniford made it a 14-12 game at the 11:20 mark with a jump shot on the fast break.
The Lyons responded with a 26-19 run to close out the half receiving contributions from seven different student-athletes down the stretch. Shoemaker and Arnone provided the bulk of the offense with six points apiece.
In the second half, Wheaton outscored its opposition 35-28 as Brickley poured in 11 points including a three-pointer with 5:06 remaining to give the Blue and White a 67-51 cushion at the time. The Lyons finished the evening with a 34-30 edge in points in the paint and a 14-9 margin in points off of turnovers. Wheaton cleaned up the glass with a 43-35 differential and also assisted on 16 of its 27 baskets.
ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
Most Outstanding Player: Abbie Brickley (Wheaton)
LESLEY – Emily Fleming
RPI – Amanda Lynch
TRINITY – Moriah Sweeney
WHEATON – Laura Pierce
The Lyons return to action on Wednesday, November 20 against Springfield College on the road in their New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) season opener at 7 p.m. Trinity (1-1) hosts Eastern Connecticut State on Thursday at 7 p.m.