Wheaton Slips Past MIT, 54-52, Extends Winning Streak To Seven

Wheaton Slips Past MIT, 54-52, Extends Winning Streak To Seven

Ferrari fills stat sheet with 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A put-back by junior forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) with 52-seconds left to play proved to be the difference for the Wheaton College women's basketball team as the Lyons earned a 54-52 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory over MIT on Wednesday night at the Rockwell Cage.

Shoemaker finished the night with 11 points, eight rebounds and one block, while senior guard Kirsten Ferrari (Lynn, Mass./St. Mary's) contributed 12 points, seven rebounds, a game-high four assists and two steals. Classmate Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) added a team-high 14 points, four rebounds and one assist. Senior guard Rebecca Arnone (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) also chipped in with eight points, three rebounds and one steal in 28 minutes off the bench.

MIT junior forward Maya Ramachandran (Fremont, Calif./Mission San Jose) compiled 14 points, five rebounds, two blocks and an assist to pace the Engineers in the losing effort. Classmate Sabrina Drammis (Hilton Head Island, S.C./Hilton Head Island) registered six points, 14 rebounds, three assists, one steal and a block and senior guard Osheiza Otori (Metairie, La./Ridgewood Prep.) had 13 points, three assists, two boards and one steal.

Wheaton only trailed once throughout the duration of the contest as the Engineers held a slim, 36-35, advantage at the 13:10 mark of the second half. The Lyons responded with an 11-4 run over the ensuing 5:16 of action to take their largest lead of the game, 46-40, with 7:54 remaining. Ferrari fueled the run with seven points and senior guard Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) and first-year forward Oppie Morris (Ware, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) swished two free throws apiece.

MIT didn't go away easily answering with a 10-4 run capped by a Ramachandran layup to even the score at 50-50 with 1:50 to go in the matchup. Brickley countered with a layup on Wheaton's next possession before a foul by the Lyons sent Ramachandran to the free throw line. The junior forward buried both attempts for the Engineers in her only trip to the line the entire night to make it a 52-52 game with 1:11 remaining on the scoreboard.

Shoemaker promptly provided the game-winning basket on the Lyons' next possession as she cleaned up a failed three-point shot with a put-back hoop. Down the stretch, MIT saw a pair of three-point attempts, including one by Drammis as time expired, miss the mark. Wheaton also had two opportunities to increase its margin but a layup and two free throws did not fall inside the final 12-seconds for the visitors.

The Lyons shot 36.0-percent (18-for-50) from the field, 30.0-percent (3-for-10) from beyond the arc and 68.2-percent (15-for-22) at the free throw line. The Engineers went 38.6-percent (22-for-57) from the floor, 26.3-percent (5-for-19) beyond the arc and 75.0-percent (3-for-4) at the charity stripe. Wheaton also posted a 28-26 differential in points in the paint and a 36-34 margin on the boards in the win.

Wheaton (12-5, 8-1 NEWMAC) returns to action on Wednesday, January 28 as the Blue and White travel to Wellesley for a 7 p.m. contest. The Lyons, who are currently sitting atop the NEWMAC standings by a half a game, improve to 41-18 in the all-time series against MIT, which dates back to 1976-1977, with tonight's win. Wheaton head coach Melissa Hodgdon also picked up her 100th career NEWMAC victory in tonight's triumph against the Engineers. Hodgdon sports a 100-79 overall record in conference games since 2003-04. MIT (7-10, 3-5 NEWMAC) hosts WPI this Saturday at 2 p.m.

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