Lyons Make It Eight In-A-Row, Hold Off Manhattanville 64-53

Lyons Make It Eight In-A-Row, Hold Off Manhattanville 64-53

Brickley posts second double-double of the season


PURCHASE, N.Y.  – Wheaton College, among teams receiving votes in the USA Today Sports Top-25 Women's Basketball Coaches' poll, defeated Manhattanville College 64-53 in non-conference action on Tuesday night at Kennedy Gymnasium to extend its winning streak to eight-straight games. 

Lyons' junior forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) notched 12 points and 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Sophomore forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) added 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocks, while junior guard Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) posted 13 points including a 6-for-8 performance at the free throw line, nine assists and three steals. Senior co-captain Lauren McClelland (Scituate, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) tallied 11 points and hauled in five boards in 20 minutes off the bench. 

Manhattanville junior center Alyson Caiazzo (Brooklyn, N.Y./Saviour) led all scorers with 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals. Freshman Candice Scott-Mason (Trenton, N.J./Ewing), sophomore Ashley Raaf (Rockaway Beach, N.Y./Chris the King) and junior Bri Pabon (Newington, Conn./Newington) all poured in nine points apiece. Scott-Mason also added seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Sophomore guard Ashley Franklin (New Haven, Conn./Hill Regional Career) turned in four points, nine boards, two steals and one assist. 

Wheaton opened up the game on a 16-8 run through the first 8:47 of action as Brickley led the charge with a team-high six points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field. The Lyons extended their advantage to 15 points (23-8) on a three-pointer by Pierce before Franklin broke a 5:45 scoring drought for the Valiants with a layup through traffic at the 7:11 mark of the stanza. 

Manhattanville chipped away at its deficit utilizing a 6-4 run to close the gap to 27-16 over a 3:55 span. Caiazzo connected on a pair of layups to highlight the run and Deieso capped the scoring spurt with a jumper from the right corner at 3:16. Wheaton answered at the line for the remainder of the half making 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to head into the locker room with a 36-19 lead. 

Shoemaker went 2-for-2 from the charity stripe along with a layup at the 2:02 mark, while McClelland went 3-for-4 and Brickley was a perfect 2-for-2. The Blue and White entered tonight's contest as the 31st ranked team in the country among all NCAA Division III programs shooting at a 74.1-percent clip from the line. 

Wheaton concluded the first half with a .406 (13-for-32) field goal percentage, a 20-16 differential in points in the paint and a 12-4 margin in second chance points. The Lyons also outrebounded Manhattanville 26-17 in opening stanza including a 10-6 showing on the offensive glass. The Valiants were held to a .209 (9-for-31) field goal percentage, their second lowest first half total this season. 

After the break, Manhattanville's offense got going as the Valiants went on a 13-5 run to decrease Wheaton's lead to single digits (41-32) at the 13:31 mark to begin the second half. Caiazzo registered six points for the hosts, while Pabon canned her first three-pointer of the night at the tail end of the run. 

The Lyons kept their opposition at arm's length for the remainder of the contest holding on for the eventual victory. Wheaton's eight game winning streak is now tied for sixth all-time in a single-season with four other teams. 

Wheaton (8-0, 5-0 NEWMAC) returns to action tomorrow night against Yeshiva University on the campus of Hunter College in New York, N.Y. at 8 p.m. Manhattanville (1-7) takes on William Paterson on Thursday, December 19 at 7 p.m. on the road.

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