Brickley notches seventh double-double of the season
WELLESLEY, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's basketball team outscored Wellesley College 39-24 in the second half, rallying from a nine-point halftime deficit, to defeat the Blue, 59-53, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest on Thursday night at Dorothy Johnston Towne Fieldhouse.
With the win, the Lyons keep pace with Springfield atop the NEWMAC standings, improving to 9-1 in conference play and 12-5 overall. Wellesley, playing their first game of the season at the newly reopened Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse, drops to 5-13 overall and 2-8 in NEWMAC play.
Three student-athletes scored in double-figures for Wheaton, now winners of eight-straight since the turn of the new year. Senior forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) scored a team-high 13 points for the Lyons, while grabbing 13 rebounds – including seven on the offensive glass – to record her seventh double-double of the season.
Classmate Kirsten Ferrari (Lynn, Mass./Saint Mary's) registered 11 points and three steals, while junior forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) rounded out the list of double-digit scorers for the Blue and White with ten points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Senior guard Kenzie Kuhn (Glenwood Springs, Colo./Glenwood Springs) added nine points and four assists and junior guard Rebecca Arnone (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) contributed eight points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 28 minutes off the bench.
For the Blue, senior Morgyne Weaver (Oklahoma City, Okla./Mt. St. Mary) recorded her fifth double-double of the 2014-15 campaign, scoring a game-high 18 points and collecting a team-high 10 rebounds. Sophomore Ailis Hanely (Cranston, R.I./Cranston West) chipped in 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the floor, while first-year Kayla Jang (South Pasadena, Calif./Milton Academy) notched 11 points, five rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
With Wheaton leading 11-7 at the 12:30 mark of the first half, Wellesley went on a 14-0 run, capped by back-to-back buckets from Weaver that gave the Blue a 21-11 lead with 7:42 to play before the break. Weaver then added her third straight basket on the other side of a Wheaton three-pointer from Kuhn, as the Blue continued to lead, 23-14, with 6:50 left in the opening session.
Ferrari and Hanley traded baskets, before Weaver knocked down a jumper. The Wellesley senior then added a pair of free throws, giving the Blue their largest lead of the game, at 29-16, with just under two minutes to play in the first half.
Brickley followed with a basket at 1:14, while Shoemaker knocked down a pair of free throws with less than a minute to play, to send the teams into the break with Wellesley leading 29-20.
A layup from Chelsi Scott (Portland, Mich./Portland) again gave Wellesley a double-digit advantage (31-20) in the opening minute of the second half. Wheaton countered with eight unanswered points, closing the gap to 31-28 at 16:02 thanks to an Arnone layup.
Weaver temporarily stopped the run with a jumper at 15:45, but the Lyons continued to press. The Lyons outscored the Blue 16-6 in the opening ten minutes of the second half, eventually taking their first lead of the contest at 11:46 when senior guard Laura Pierce (Hamstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) knocked down a three-pointer to give Wheaton the lead at 36-35.
Weaver again had an answer for the Blue, knocking down another bucket with 9:38 to play in regulation, putting Wellesley back ahead, at 37-36. Wheaton responded, however, with an 8-0 run as Pierce, Brickley and Kuhn all contributed to the spurt to open up a seven-point advantage at 44-37.
Wellesley made its final push down the stretch with a 7-0 run tying the contest for the fourth time on the evening when Hanley knocked down a jump shot to make the score 44-all at 5:09.
The Lyons then delivered the knockout punch scoring 14 points over the game's final five minutes, taking their biggest lead of the contest with 1:58 remaining when Ferrari made a pair of free throws to make the score 54-46. Wheaton held off a late push from Wellesley, as the Blue cut the deficit to three twice in the final minute, before eventually taking the 59-53 victory.
Wheaton (13-5, 9-1 NEWMAC) hosts Coast Guard this Saturday at 3 p.m. on "Play 4Kay" day against the Bears. For more information click here: Women's Basketball To "Play 4Kay." Wellesley (5-13, 2-8 NEWMAC) will travel to Mount Holyoke for a 1:00 p.m. contest.