Brickley records her fourth double-double of the season
HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Wheaton College women's basketball team dropped a 65-57 decision to non-conference opponent, Williamette University, in the opening game of the Hoop-n-Surf Classic Tournament inside St. Francis High School Gymnasium on Friday afternoon.
Williamette was paced by senior guard Jojo DeLong (Santa Clarita, Calif./Canvon) with a game-high 28 points, a team-high eight rebounds and three assists. DeLong shot 8-for-15 from the field, 4-for-9 from long range and 8-for-9 from the free throw stripe. First-year guard Kylie Towry (Medford, Ore./South Medford) added 11 points and seven rebounds, while senior guard Katie Kalugin (Woodburn, Ore./Wooburn) scored 10 points and pulled down six boards.
Wheaton junior forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) shot 7-for-11 from the field and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line to lead the Lyons with 19 points, three assists and seven rebounds. Senior forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) scored 17 points, pulled down 10 boards, handed out a pair of assists and stole the ball twice to notch her fourth double-double of the season. Junior guard Rebecca Arnone (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) chipped in with seven points, two rebounds and an assist, while senior guard Kirsten Ferrari (Lynn, Mass./Saint Mary's) added five points, four rebounds and three assists.
The Blue and White jumped out to an early 11-4 advantage 3:18 into the contest with a three-pointer and a layup from Arnone. The Bearcats evened the score at 26-26 with 6:42 remaining in the first stanza after a deep three-pointer from first-year Ashley Evans (Canby, Ore./Canby). Both squads traded baskets to end the first period tied at 33-33.
Wheaton and Williamette opened the second half with end-to-end action trading baskets to make the score 42-41 in favor of the Bearcats with 14:57 remaining on the clock before Towry hit a three-pointer at 11:53 to extend their lead to 45-41. Willamette went on a 10-6 run that was sparked by DeLong, who knocked down a pair of deep three-pointers and a pair of free throws, with 6:47 remaining in the contest.
Brickley converted a layup to pull the Lyons within five, 57-52, at 2:36. After a timeout from the Blue and White, Brickley and Arnone knocked down three consecutive free-throws to make the score 57-55 with 1:15 left play. The Bearcats responded at the free throw line - highlighted by a pair of free-throws from DeLong and Towry - to close out the game 65-57.
Wheaton held a 30-26 advantage in points in the paint, while Williamette maintained a 34-33 margin in rebounds. Williamette shot 44.0-percent (22-for-50) from the field, 38.1-percent (8-for-21) from beyond the arc and 72.2-percent (13-for-18) from the free throw line. The Blue and White went 37.3-percent (22-for-59) from the field, 14.3-percent from long range and 84.6-percent (11-for-13) from the charity stripe.
Wheaton (5-3) will take on George Fox, who is ranked No. 11 in the latest D3hoops.com poll and No. 12 in the latest Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/USA Today Division III national poll, tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the second game of the Hoop-n-Surf Classic Tournament. Williamette (4-4) will face-off against Lake Forest at 4 p.m. in game three of the Hoop-n-Surf Classic Tournament.