Four starters notch double figures for Lyons
BOSTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's basketball team outscored Emerson by 15 points in the second half en route to a 77-58 victory in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup on the road.
Lyons' junior forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) led all scorers with 18 points, six rebounds and a game-high five assists. Sophomore forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) registered 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Junior guard Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) collected 13 points, four assists and classmate Kirsten Ferrari (Lynn, Mass./Saint Mary's) added ten points, three rebounds and four assists.
Sophomore guard Rebecca Arnone (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) tallied three points, hauled in eight rebounds and dished out four assists. Senior forward Lauren McClelland (Scituate, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) chipped in with six points, five rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes off the bench. Arnone has now drained at least one 3-pointer in 11-straight contests, while Brickley has recorded double digit points in ten consecutive contests.
Emerson junior forward Kristin Brice (Indiana, Penn./Indiana Area Senior) had 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field and brought down 12 rebounds to pace the hosts. Sophomore guard Janissa Delzo (Middlesex, N.J./Wardlaw-Hartridge) posted 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and freshman guard Emily Cameron (Culver City, Calif./University) compiled 11 points, five assists and three rebounds.
Leading 28-24 at the break, Wheaton came out firing in the second half using a 22-9 run to jump out to a 17-point cushion (50-33) in the opening 6:06 of action in the stanza. During the run, Brickley scored eight points, Shoemaker logged six, Ferrari had five and Pierce swished a three-pointer to get the spurt going at the 19:50 mark. The Lyons shot 9-for-12 from the field, grabbed seven rebounds and assisted on seven of their baskets.
Wheaton's gap ballooned to as many as 23 with 9:33 remaining in the game as Shoemaker finished a layup off a pass from junior guard Kenzie Kuhn (Glenwood Springs, Colo./Glenwood Springs). The Blue and White held a 36-22 advantage in the paint including a 28-12 differential in the second half alone. Both teams tied in bench points at 19-19, but Wheaton outscored Emerson 11-0 off turnovers and won the rebounding matchup, 43-40.
The Lyons (15-4, 10-4 NEWMAC), who committed a season-low nine turnovers in the win, host Clark University this Saturday at 1 p.m. Emerson (7-11, 3-10 NEWMAC) welcomes Springfield to its campus on Saturday at 1 p.m.