JERSEY CITY, N.J. – In the first ever meeting between the Wheaton College women's basketball team and the New Jersey City Knights, it was the Lyons who came out on top with a 75-50 win on the road in the John J. Moore AFC.
The win is Wheaton's third consecutive of the season, moving the team to 6-2 overall. The Knights fall to 1-6 on the season.
Kiley Shoemaker ended the contest with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. Shoemaker, who has scored in double-figures each game this season, finished 7-14 from the floor and 4-5 from the free-throw line. The double-double is the seniors third of the season. She also finished the contest with a game-high four blocks.
Sophomore Emily Cuthbertson had a solid game for the Lyons, netting 12 points in the win on a 4-7 performance from the field, which included a 3-4 night from three-point range. Cuthbertson also picked up a game-high eight assists. Ruthie Zientek came off the bench to score 10 points for Wheaton, while senior Rebecca Arnone contributed nine points.
Deseree Johnson led all players with a career-high 29 points for New Jersey City. Johnson made 12 of her 26 attempts from the floor, while also pulling down a game-high 11 boards.
Wheaton controlled the game right out of the gate, ending the first quarter with a strong 26-9 advantage. It took nearly two minutes for either team to score in the second quarter, but a jumper by Johnson ended the scoring drought. The two sides matched each other point for point in the second quarter with Wheaton taking a 40-23 lead into halftime.
New Jersey City won the third quarter, chipping away at the Wheaton lead courtesy of nine points from Johnson and seven from Jazz Randall. With a 10 point, 55-45, lead heading into the final quarter, the Lyons put their foot back on the gas pedal. Wheaton went on to outscore NJCU 20-5 in the final frame.
Wheaton returns to the court on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at home against Tufts.