Lyons now tied for first place in conference standings
NORTON, Mass. – Junior Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayettville-Manlius) and senior Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) both recorded double-doubles to lead the Wheaton College women's basketball team to a 64-53 victory over Springfield College in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup on Saturday afternoon inside Emerson Gymnasium.
Shoemaker produced a game-high 20 points on 5-for-11 shooting from the field, which included a 9-for-9 showing at the free throw line, alongside a game-high 12 rebounds, while Brickley scored 17 points and hauled in ten rebounds (four offensive). Wheaton has never lost when the Lyons' duo of Brickley and Shoemaker have both collected double-doubles going 4-0 overall since Shoemaker's first year with the squad. Additionally, two of the four wins for the Blue and White during that stretch have come against Springfield.
Wheaton senior guard Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) contributed eight points, four rebounds, one assist and a steal and classmate Kenzie Kuhn (Glenwood Springs, Colo./Glenwood Springs) added six points, a game-high seven assists and four rebounds.
Springfield senior Jaimie Bickelhaupt (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) matched Shoemaker for the game-high in points with 20 on 7-of-14 shooting from the field. Bickelhaupt also brought down 11 rebounds to post her sixth double-double of the season. Sophomore guard Lexi Windwer (Milton, Mass./Thayer Academy) notched 14 points with four out of her five baskets coming from long range and senior guard Andrea Moschetta (Harrison, N.Y./Harrison) had two points, six assists, a game-high five steals and two rebounds.
Tied 41-41 after Springfield junior forward Emily Gins (Fort Myers, Fla./Oakwood Friends) buried a fast break layup with 8:59 remaining in the contest, Shoemaker responded at the other end of the floor with her third career 3-pointer from the top of the arc to quickly erase the Pride's chance at a comeback.
Wheaton then went on a 17-9 run to claim its largest lead of the contest at 61-50 with 59-seconds remaining in the matchup. Shoemaker, who compiled 13 points during the spurt, did most of her damage at the free throw line making all nine of her attempts. Shoemaker entered today's contest ranked fifth overall among all NCAA Division III student-athletes in free throw percentage.
The Pride cut away at their 32-26 halftime deficit to even the score at 41-41 with a 15-9 run behind Windwer and Bickelhaupt. Windwer swished a pair of three-pointers to lead all scorers during the spurt, while Bickelhaupt had five and sophomore Dina Pitsas (Milford, N.H./Milford) and senior Riley Fake (Brockport, N.Y./Brockport) both tallied two points apiece.
In the first half, Springfield opened up the game with back-to-back three-pointers from Bickelhaupt and Windwer to give the Pride an early 6-0 lead, but a 10-0 run from the Lyons, capped off by a three-pointer from Pierce quickly squandered Springfield's lead. Wheaton then outscored the visitors 22-20 during the remainder of half – receiving a combined 13 points from Ferrari and Brickley – to take its 32-26 advantage into the half.
The Lyons shot 32.1-percent (18-for-56) from the field, 33.3-percent (6-for-18) from behind the arc and 84.6-percent (22-for-26) at the free throw line. The Pride shot 30.0-percent (18-for-60) overall, 21.4-percent (6-for-28) via long distance and 64.7-percent (11-for-17) at the charity stripe. The Blue and White also held a 22-8 differential in points off turnovers as the hosts committed five fewer turnovers than their opposition (18-13).
Wheaton (8-5, 4-1 NEWMAC) travel to Emerson College on Tuesday, January 13 for a conference clash at 7 p.m. Springfield (8-5, 4-1 NEWMAC) hosts Clark University next Tuesday in a NEWMAC matchup at 7 p.m.