NORTON, Mass. – A strong third quarter helped propel the Wheaton College women's basketball team to a 60-53 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win over visiting Wellesley College on Wednesday night in Emerson Gymnasium.
Wheaton moves to 11-6 on the season and 4-4 in the conference, while Wellesley falls to 3-12 overall and 1-7 in the NEWMAC.
Seniors Rebecca Arnone and Kiley Shoemaker, along with sophomore Jill Bodreau, all led the Lyons with 12 points in the win. Shoemaker also collected a team-high seven rebounds and two blocks. Oppie Morris finished the night with seven points and six boards for Wheaton. Arnone also collected six rebounds.
Wellesley's Kayla Jang led all players with 18 points, while teammate Ailis Hanley netted 15 points. Chelsei Scott pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for the Blue to go with her eight points and three steals.
Wheaton cruised ahead to an early 11-4 lead with baskets by Arnone and Emily Cuthbertson. Sparked by a Scott layup, Wellesley closed out the first quarter with a 10-5 run which pulled them within two points.
Jang kicked off the second quarter with a quick layup that helped shift the momentum in the Blues favor. Scott earned her team their first lead of the game with 6:38 remaining until halftime with a made free-throw. The basket energized the Blue, helping them go on a 10-1 run over the next five minutes, earning them their largest lead of the game. Shoemaker laid one in with seconds left on the clock cutting the Lyon deficit to 33-26 as both teams headed into the locker room.
Wheaton got its offense firing on all cylinders in the third quarter, outscoring the visitors 19-8. Senior Alyssa Almario started the comeback with a three-pointer right out of the gate. Back-to-back layups by Morris and a three from Arnone handed the lead back to Wheaton with 5:20 remaining in the quarter. The Lyons would never trail again. A Bodreau three-pointer handed Wheaton its largest lead, 58-50, with a minute remaining in the contest.
Wheaton returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. at home against Mount Holyoke in more NEWMAC action.