NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's basketball team earned a 74-58 win over visiting Newbury College on Wednesday night with the help of a standout performance by senior Kiley Shoemaker, who collected a Lyon single game record 24 rebounds, while also netting a game-high 28 points.
The win moves the Lyons to 2-0 on the season, while the Nighthawks fall to 0-2 overall.
Shoemaker pulled down 12 boards on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball and also ended the contest with a game-high six blocks. The senior finished 11-23 from the field, while draining 6-9 from the free-throw line en route to a career-high 28 points.
Emily Cuthbertson knocked down 11 points for Wheaton, while also earning a block and a steal. Oppie Morris had nine boards and eight points for the Lyons, as well as a game-high four assists. Senior Rebecca Arnone finished with nine points on 2-7 shooting and a perfect 4-4 performance from the charity stripe.
Destiny Spears led the Nighthawks with 25 points on 12-31 shooting from the floor, while also pulling down a team-high 10 rebounds. Savannah Olsen netted 12 points and collected seven boards, while Katelyn Roeser scored eight points and pulled down five rebounds for Newbury.
Wheaton started the first quarter on a quick run led by six points from Morris and two from Shoemaker. A layup by Shoemaker gave the Lyons their first double-digit lead with 8:47 remaining in the first half. Isabelle Pafford cut the Nighthawk deficit to 33-24 with a jumper with 2:46 on the clock.
Trailing 38-26, Spears opened the third quarter with a layup to pull Newbury within 10 points. Jovanna Sandifer would get the Nighthawks back within single-digits moments later with a three-pointer. Newbury continued to fight its way back into the contest, eventually closing out the third quarter trailing Wheaton by just three points, 45-42.
The fourth quarter was all Wheaton however, as the Lyons pushed their lead back to 10 points, 60-50, with 4:23 left to go on a Arnone three-pointer. A Morris layup with 1:56 left handed Wheaton its largest lead of the game at 70-54. The Lyons would go onto close out the game with a 16-point advantage.
The Lyons return to the court on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Williams for game one of the Williams Tournament. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.