Lyons head into the break at 9-0 overall, 5-0 NEWMAC
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Wheaton College, who is among teams receiving votes in the USA Today Sports Top-25 Women's Basketball Coaches' poll, claimed an 88-48 victory over Yeshiva University in non-conference action on Wednesday night on the campus of Hunter College.
Sophomore forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) notched ten points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds (three offensive) to go along with four assists and three blocks to pace the Lyons' offense. Junior guard Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) poured in a team-high 13 points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals, while classmate Kirsten Ferrari (Lynn, Mass./Saint Mary's) tallied 11 points, a team-high five assists, three rebounds and three steals.
Every student-athlete on the squad tallied at least two points on the night highlighted by eight points apiece off the bench from sophomore guard Alyssa Almario (West Orange, N.J./West Orange) and senior forward Sarah Fitzgerald (Bath, Maine/Morse). All three freshmen also factored into the scoring as Bridget Nicholson (Walpole, Mass./Walpole), Sarah Caron (Boothbay Harbor, Maine/Boothbay Region) and Sophie Black (Gloucester, Mass./Gloucester) registered four points each. Caron also added three assists, one rebound and one block.
Yeshiva University senior forward Rebecca Yoshor (Houston, Texas/Beren Academy) led all scorers with 22 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Junior guard Stephanie Greenberg (Cedarhurst, N.Y./HAFTR) collected 15 points, five rebounds and six steals. Senior Haley David (New York, N.Y./Frisch) rounded out the scoring for the Maccabees with 11 points, six boards and two swipes.
Wheaton raced out to a 29-7 advantage at the 9:47 mark as Kenzie Kuhn (Glenwood Springs, Colo./Glenwood Springs) canned a fastbreak layup to cap the run on a feed by Shoemaker. During the offensive spurt, Ferrari guided the squad with six points, all in transition. Senior forward Lauren McClelland (Scituate, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) poured in five points, sophomore guard Rebecca Arnone (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) and Shoemaker both had four points, respectively, Fitzgerald swished a jumper from the left wing at 13:49 and Almario buried a three-pointer from the corner at the 10:13 mark.
The Lyons also received solid contributions from junior forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) and sophomore forward Emily Romans (Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames). Brickley had two points, six rebounds - including three on the offensive glass - and one assist, while Romans pulled down five rebounds and netted four points in addition to one assist and one steal.
Wheaton eventually went into the locker room with a 45-21 advantage and never looked back. The Blue and White shot 50.6-percent (39-for-77) from the field, outrebounded Yeshiva 52-35 on the glass and assisted on 27 of their 39 field goals. The Lyons also grabbed 17 steals which led to a 30-0 margin on the fastbreak and a 54-14 differential in points in the paint. The Blue and White's 39 field goals and 27 assists from tonight's win now rank fifth all-time in a single game in program history.
Wheaton (9-0, 5-0 NEWMAC) opens up its second half of the season on January 2 at home against Roger Williams at 7 p.m. Yeshiva (5-6) returns to action on January 23 versus The King's College at 8 p.m.