NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's basketball team returned to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) competition against Clark University on Wednesday evening in Emerson Gymnasium with the Lyons earning a 75-53 victory.
Wheaton moves to 9-3 on the season and 2-1 in conference play, while Clark falls to 2-10 overall and 0-4 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Kiley Shoemaker led all players with 23 points on an 8-13 performance from the floor and 7-9 mark from the free-throw line. Shoemaker also led the Lyons in rebounds with nine, while earning a game-high three blocks and team-high four steals. Sophomore Oppie Morris ended the night with 14 points and senior Rebecca Arnone chipped in nine. Sophomore Emily Cuthbertson led all players with five assists.
Ogechi Ezemma earned the games only double-double, netting a team-high 11 points and pulling down a game-high 13 rebounds for Clark. Sam O'Gera also ended the night in double figures with 10 points, while Gwyneth Ivory contributed eight points off the bench.
Wheaton took the lead just 10 seconds into the game and never looked back, ending the first quarter with a solid 19-13 advantage. The Lyons kept the pressure on, earning their largest lead of the half with 1:55 to go in the second quarter on back-to-back free-throws from Arnone. Clark earned a few points back before heading into the locker room down 36-22.
Clark was the aggressor in the third quarter which was reflected on the scoreboard as they outscored Wheaton 20-13 to cut the halftime deficit to 49-42.
Wheaton made sure to put the game away in the fourth quarter, starting with a 14-0 run and holding Clark scoreless for nearly six minutes. Two made free-throws by Sophie Black earned Wheaton its largest lead of the game at 66-44. The Cougars did their best down the stretch to chip away at the Lyon lead but would go onto fall 75-53.
Wheaton returns to the court on Saturday, Jan. 9 at WPI for a 1 p.m. NEWMAC contest.