Wheaton Cruises Past Springfield, 57-36, In NEWMAC Season Opener

Wheaton Cruises Past Springfield, 57-36, In NEWMAC Season Opener

Brickley, Pierce & Shoemaker combine for 44 points

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's basketball team opened up its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) slate with a convincing 57-36 victory over Springfield College on Wednesday night on James Naismith Court inside Blake Arena.

Juniors Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) and Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) and sophomore Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) all scored in the double-digits for the second consecutive game to pace the squad. Pierce tallied 11 points, brought down eight rebounds and dished out a game-high five assists. Shoemaker led all scorers with 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field, hauled in seven caroms, collected two steals and had five blocks. Brickley registered 16 points, a game-high six steals and five rebounds.

Sophomore Emily Romans (Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) gave the Lyons a spark off the bench in just 16 minutes of action with five points, one steal and seven rebounds (three offensive). Junior Kirsten Ferrari (Lynn, Mass./Saint Mary's) added five points and three assists, while senior Sarah Fitzgerald (Bath, Maine/Morse) compiled three points, two boards and one steal.

Springfield junior forward Jaimie Bickelhaupt (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) turned in a double-double with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor, ten rebounds, three steals and one block. Senior forward Tamara Tribble (White Plains, N.Y./Valhalla) chipped in with four points, nine rebounds (four offensive) and one assist.

Wheaton capitalized on 32 turnovers by the Pride outscoring the hosts 20-8 in points off of turnovers in the game which included an 18-3 margin in the opening stanza. The Lyons held a 21-4 advantage with 7:42 remaining in the first half as Brickley poured eight points during the run and Shoemaker added six points. Wheaton closed out the half with a 33-13 lead capped by a three-ball from Fitzgerald with three-seconds remaining.

The Blue and White led by as many as 23 points with 2:42 left in the contest as Pierce notched seven-straight points over a 2:51 span including a three-pointer at the end of the run.

Wheaton (3-0, 1-0 NEWMAC) hosts Mount Holyoke on Saturday inside Emerson Gymnasium for a conference clash at 1 p.m. The Lyons will also celebrate winning the NCAA Division III Spotlight Poll along with the Heller's Angels this weekend. Springfield (1-2, 0-1 NEWMAC) travels to MIT for a NEWMAC matchup on Saturday at 2 p.m.

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