Women's Basketball Opens Salem State Tournament with 73-52 Victory

Women's Basketball Opens Salem State Tournament with 73-52 Victory

SALEM, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's basketball team returned to action after the holiday to take on Rutgers-Newark in game one of the Salem State Holiday Tournament on Tuesday afternoon with the Lyons pulling out a 73-52 victory.

The win moves Wheaton to 7-3 on the season, while the Scarlet Raiders fall to 4-7 overall.

Senior Rebecca Arnone led the Lyons with a team-high 17 points, finishing 5-15 from the floor and 4-5 from the free-throw line. Arnone also collected eight rebounds.

Classmate Kiley Shoemaker ended the game with a double-double, netting 15 points (4-6 FGM-A / 6-6 FTM-A), while pulling down a team-high 10 boards. Shoemaker also picked up a game-high six blocks, which is tied for the fifth most in a single game by a member of the Lyons. Shoemakers 10 rebounds moves her career total to 799, which now ranks her fourth all-time at Wheaton in career boards, just one rebound shy of third all-time.

Oppie Morris continued her stellar sophomore campaign, knocking down 12 points and pulling down 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season and her career. Emily Cuthbertson and Sophie Black each contributed nine points in the win.

Maria Simmons led the Scarlet Raiders with a game-high 22 points, while collecting 12 rebounds and four steals. Arianna Williams also finished with a double-double for Rutgers-Newark, netting 20 points and pulling down a game-high 13 boards. She also collected four steals and two blocks.

Wheaton got off to a quick start with Arnone and Cuthbertson knocking down a pair of three-pointers, which ignited a 10-2 run. The Scarlet Raiders fought back into the contest, knotting the game at 12-12 with baskets by Williams and Simmons.

The Lyons pulled away in the second quarter after outscoring their opponent 21-11. Simmons earned RNU a couple points back down the stretch, sending the Scarlet Raiders into the locker room trailing 35-23.

Wheaton kept Rutgers-Newark at a comfortable distance the rest of the way earning their largest lead with 3:22 to go in the third quarter courtesy of a quick 11-0 run. The Scarlet Raiders made a push in the final minutes but the efforts were not enough.

Wheaton moves onto the tournament championship game on Wednesday, Dec. 30 against the winner of the Salem State/Vassar game. The championship will tip-off at 3 p.m. in the Twohig Gymnasium. 

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