Lyons move to 3-0 on the season
BROOKLINE, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's basketball team defeated Newbury College, 71-43, in non-conference action on Wednesday night at Pappas Gymnasium on the campus of Hellenic College.
Senior forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) paced the Wheaton offense with 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting, six rebounds and one assist. Junior guard Rebecca Arnone (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) poured in 15 points and compiled a career-high six steals, while senior guard Kirsten Ferrari (Lynn, Mass./Saint Mary's) added 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
First-year forward Oppie Morris (Ware, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) notched six points and a career-high 12 rebounds, which included six on the offensive glass, and senior guard Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton) registered nine points and dished out a game-high ten assists.
Newbury sophomore guard Janetis Cardona (Southbridge, Mass./Southbridge) recorded a game-high 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting alongside eight rebounds, three steals and one assist. Junior guard Jovanna Sandifer (Boston, Mass./Josiah Upper Quincy) turned in 12 points and classmate Katelyn Roeser (Nashua, N.H./Nashua North) contributed six points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals.
The Lyons shot 45.9-percent (28-for-61) from the field, 33.3-percent (10-for-30) from beyond the arc and won the rebounding matchup, 44-31. Wheaton also produced a 24-10 differential in points off turnovers and a 16-4 margin in second chance points. Newbury shot 32.7-percent (18-for-55) from the field, 22.2-percent (4-for-18) from long distance and 50.0-percent (3-for-6) at the line.
Leading 33-27 at the half, Wheaton surged ahead of the Nighthawks with a 10-4 run and never looked back to stay unbeaten this season. The Lyons only saw their advantage fall under ten points for a total of 38-seconds between 12:53 and 12:15 of the second stanza as Sandifer capped Newbury's offensive spurt with five points on a pair of free throws and a three-pointer at the end of the run (47-40).
Wheaton answered with eight-straight points on back-to-back three-pointers by Arnone and Ferrari and a layup from Brickley to push its gap back to 15 points (55-40) at the 9:18 mark of the contest. The Lyons went on to extend their lead by as many as 24 points (66-42) on a Kenzie Kuhn (Glenwood Springs, Colo./Glenwood Springs) layup with 4:51 remaining before the contest wrapped up at 71-43 in favor of the Blue and White.
Wheaton (3-0) hosts Colorado College on Friday, November 21 inside Emerson Gymnasium at 7 p.m. Newbury (0-3) travels to Wesleyan University on Friday for a non-conference clash with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m.