Lyons sweep regular season series for first time since 2009-10
NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton College sophomore forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) posted her eighth double-double of the season collecting 26 points and 19 rebounds, both career-highs, to guide the Lyons over Clark University, 76-56, on Saturday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's basketball action.
Shoemaker fell two rebounds shy of tying the single-game rebounding record which is shared by Wheaton College Athletics Hall Yowell Hall of Fame member Ann Zarchen Knoblock '81 and junior forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline). Brickley tied Knoblock's mark on January 9 against MIT in a 60-59 loss. Until this season, Knoblock's record went unmatched for nearly 33 years.
Brickley added 15 points, nine rebounds and two steals, while sophomore guard Rebecca Arnone (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) compiled 15 points, six rebounds, six assists and two swipes. Junior guard Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) turned in a game-high seven assists to bump the Lyons' record to 12-1 when she dishes out five or more in a contest.
Clark University received double-digit efforts from sophomore guard Brooke Brennan (Weston, Mass./The Rivers School) and senior guard Ashleigh Condon (Hull, Mass./Hull). Brennan poured in 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting from the field and Condon contributed ten points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block. Senior guard Emily Reilly (Marlborough, Mass./Marlborough) also chipped in with nine points, three boards and three assists.
Wheaton shot 43.5-percent (27-for-62) from the field, held a 50-38 advantage on the glass and a 42-20 margin in points in the paint. Clark connected on 29.7-percent (19-for-64) of its field goal attempts, registered a 12-9 differential in second chance points and rejected six shots.
The Lyons raced out to an 11-1 lead 4:19 after the opening tip-off as Arnone notched five points, junior guard Kirsten Ferrari (Lynn, Mass./Saint Mary's) produced four points and Shoemaker put home a layup at the 16:25 mark. Wheaton led by as many as 16 points (27-11) with 9:25 remaining in the first half before the hosts headed into the break with a 36-24 advantage.
In the second half, the Lyons went on an 8-0 run to begin the stanza scoring half of their points in transition. Wheaton outscored Clark, 12-6, in the category tallying six fast break points in each half. The Lyons largest lead of the game (23 points, 55-32) came with 14:05 left to play in the contest.
Wheaton (16-4, 11-4 NEWMAC) hosts Coast Guard on Wednesday, February 5 at 7 p.m. The Lyons will "Play 4Kay" next week to help raise money in the fight against women's cancers. For more information click here: "Play 4Kay." Clark (8-12, 5-10 NEWMAC) welcomes Springfield College to its campus next Wednesday at 7 p.m.