Fourth Quarter Pushes WPI Past Women's Basketball

Fourth Quarter Pushes WPI Past Women's Basketball

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Wheaton College women's basketball team hit the road on Saturday afternoon for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest at WPI. The Engineers pulled out a 56-46 victory over the visiting Lyons in the Harrington Auditorium.

Wheaton falls to 9-4 on the season and 2-2 in conference play, with both NEWMAC losses coming on the road. WPI earned its 11th consecutive win on the season, improving to 13-1 overall and a perfect 5-0 in conference play. 

Senior Kiley Shoemaker led Wheaton with 14 points to go along with five rebounds. Rebecca Arnone followed with 10 points and four rebounds, while Oppie Morris and Ruthie Zientek shared game-high honors with seven boards.

Ama Biney paced the way for WPI with 11 points and six rebounds, while Priscilla Dunphy added 10 points and three boards. Madison Beck chipped in nine points and Yasmeen Luna and Haili Welton each tallied eight for the Engineers.

Arnone put Wheaton ahead 24 seconds into the contest with a quick three-pointer, but the lead was short lived as WPI rallied to a 15-5 lead at the first break. Luna increased the Engineer lead to 12 points at the open of the second quarter, but this time the Lyons had a response. Wheaton answered with a 15-2 run over the next eight minutes of action. Senior Alyssa Almario completed the outburst with a layup to give the Lyons the 20-19 advantage with 1:59 remaining before the intermission. Wheaton eventually went into the locker room with the 24-19 lead.

The third quarter saw the Lyons continue to increase their margin, taking their largest lead of the game with 2:20 left to play, making it a 39-26 contest. WPI wasn't out of the game however, enjoying a 17-0 run in the fourth quarter that handed them a nine-point lead with less than a minute remaining in the game. Wheaton's only basket of the fourth quarter would come from Morris with 45.6 on the clock with a three-point play. 

Wheaton returns to the court on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Mount Holyoke for a 7 p.m. NEWMAC contest.

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