NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College women's basketball team jumped right back into New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action with the first of its two games against Emerson College. The visiting Lions came out victorious, taking down the hosts, 64-59, in a hard fought contest.
Junior Oppie Morris led Wheaton with a game-high 18 points on a 6-for-13 performance from the floor, which included hitting all three of her three-point attempts, while draining 3-of-4 from the free-throw line. Sophia Black ended the night with the games only double-double, scoring 16 points and collecting a game-high 11 rebounds. Black and Morris both finished with a game-high four steals. Jill Bodreau and Lexi L'Heureux-Carland each scored eight points.
Emerson (8-3; 2-1 NEWMAC) was led by 16 points from Elizabeth Horan, 14 points from Charlie Boyle and 10 from Maya Savino. Sierra Ducey ended the night with a game-high 11 rebounds for the Lions, while collecting a game-high four blocks.
Wheaton won the opening quarter, taking a 19-14 advantage into the second frame on six points from Morris and four from Black and L'Heureux-Carland. Emerson found a way to stifle the Lyons momentum in the second period, holding Wheaton to a dismal five points.
Trailing 28-24 at the break, Morris started a comeback charge for Wheaton, hitting a three-pointer to start the third quarter. Back-to-back baskets from Bodreau and Black handed Wheaton its first lead since the 4:22 mark in the second quarter.The two sides continued to trade possession of the lead throughout the remainder of the period.
With the game deadlocked at 39-39, with a litle over a minute remaining in the third period, a free-throw and three-pointer headed Emerson a 43-41 advantage. Emerson did not relinquish control of the lead after that, holding Wheaton at bay in the final 10 minutes.
Wheaton and Emerson will match-up again on Feb. 1 at Emerson. Up next for the Lyons is a 1 p.m. NEWMAC road game at Clark University on Saturday, Jan. 7.