Women’s Basketball Drops 55-43 Decision To Springfield

Women’s Basketball Drops 55-43 Decision To Springfield

Brickley registers 15 points, 16 rebounds in the loss

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's basketball team dropped a 55-43 decision to Springfield College on Saturday afternoon in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup at Blake Arena.

Wheaton senior forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) posted her third double-double of the season with 15 points on 6-of-13 shooting (3-for-4 free throws) and 16 rebounds (season-high) to guide the Lyons. Junior forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) compiled eight points, six rebounds and two blocks, while senior guard Kirsten Ferrari (Lynn, Mass./Saint Mary's) had eight points, three rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals.

Springfield junior forward Emily Gins (Fort Myers, Fla./Oakwood Friends) turned in a career-high 18 points on 9-of-13 shooting alongside seven rebounds, two steals and an assist. Classmate Heather Lewis (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) added ten points and senior forward Jaimie Bickelhaupt (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) notched eight points, 16 rebounds and one assist.

Tied 8-8 with 10:05 left to play in the first half, Springfield went on a 21-7 run to take a 29-15 lead into the break. Lewis led the charge with ten-straight points down the stretch to end the half, while Gins chipped in with six points, sophomore guard Danielle Racette (North Adams, Mass./Drury) drained a three-pointer at 5:52 and first-year forward Heather King (Lebanon, N.H./Lebanon) started the offensive outburst with a jumper at the 7:40 mark. During their 21-7 run, Springfield shot 58.8-percent (10-for-17) from the floor.

Wheaton brought the game within 12 points (35-23) using an 8-6 run throughout the opening 4:34 of the second stanza, but Springfield responded with a 16-8 run of its own to help close out the eventual win.

The Pride held a 19-8 advantage in bench points, while both teams were tied at 22-22 in points in the paint. The Lyons produced a slim, 13-12, margin in points off turnovers. Springfield shot 46.3-percent (25-for-54) from the field, 7.7-percent (1-for-13) from beyond the arc and 80.0-percent (4-for-5) at the line. The Blue and White went 26.7-percent (16-for-60) from the field, 15.4-percent (4-for-26) from long range and 70.0-percent (7-for-10) at the charity stripe.

Wheaton (5-2, 1-1 NEWMAC) will take on Willamette in Honolulu, Hawaii in game one of the Hoop-n-Surf Tournament on December 19 at 2 p.m. (EST). Springfield (2-3, 2-0 NEWMAC) plays SUNYIT in the opening game of the Daytona Beach Shootout on December 19 at 4 p.m.

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