SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - First-year Natalie Wind knocked down a career-high 17 points from the bench in the Wheaton College women's basketball teams 70-34 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) win over Mount Holyoke.
Wind finished 6-of-10 from the floor, which included making 5-of-9 from three-point range. The first-year also had a game-high five assists and three steals in the win. Junior Jill Bodreau posted 11 points, while collecting four rebounds, while Ruthie Zientek pulled down a team-high nine boards. All 11 of Wheaton's available players ended the contest with at least one point and one rebound.
Kathryn Violette also finished with a game-high 17 points, while Xajaah Williams-Flores pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds.
The first quarter started slow with Wheaton holding a slim, 5-4, advantage with nearly five minutes gone. Mount Holyoke pushed ahead with a 6-0 run to take a 10-5 lead on a Violette jumper. Wind countered with a 6-2 run over her own to pull the visiting Lyons within a point. The baskets by Wind sparked a 13-2 run from Wheaton that sent them into the second quarter leading 24-15.
Wheaton kept the momentum in the second quarter, scoring the first nine points to go up 33-15 midway through the frame. Mount Holyoke finally got on the board with 5:27 remaining on another Violette jumper, but five points from Wind gave Wheaton a 46-20 advantage at intermission.
The home team held a one point, 11-10, advantage in the third quarter, making it a 56-31 contest. Unfazed, Wheaton outscored the hosts 14-3 in the final quarter.
Wheaton returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. for a NEWMAC road contest at Emerson.