Posted: Dec 30, 2017
SCORE: Wheaton 49 - North Park 58
RECORDS: Wheaton (6-5), (1-1 NEWMAC) - North Park (7-4), (2-0 CCIW)
LOCATION: Salem, Mass. (Twohig Gymnasium)
- Wheaton fell to North Park University, 58-49, in the Salem State Holiday Classic championship game this afternoon in Salem.
- First year Mikayla Pucci posted a game-high 16 points to go along with 6 rebounds, after shooting 5-7 from the field and 6-8 from the free throw line.
- Brie Lippert and Gabby Sandoval recorded 12 and 11 points, respectively, while Shaylee Sloan played well all-around with an 8-point, 12-rebound performance.
- Wheaton narrowly edged North Park, 14-13, in the first quarter, but the Vikings would use a monster, 22-10 second quarter showing to build themselves an 11-point halftime advantage.
- The Vikings opened the second-half scoring with a 7-2 run before closing the third period with a 49-34 cushion.
- Rebecca Olivieri and Chelsea Rairdon combined for 8 of the Lyons' 15 fourth-quarter points. Outscoring the Vikings by 6 in that period wouldn't be enough, however, as North Park travels home to Chicago with the 58-49 win.
- For her efforts in the Holiday Classic, Pucci was named to the All-Tournament team, alongside NPU Vikings Shaylee Sloan and Tournament MVP Gabby Sandoval.
- Field Goals: Wheaton 16-53 / North Park 25-61
- 3-Point FG: Wheaton 1-15 / North Park 1-15
- Free Throws: Wheaton 16-20 / North Park 7-9
- Points off Turnovers: Wheaton 17 / North Park 21
- Field Goal %: Wheaton 30.2 / North Park 41.0
- Rebounds: Wheaton 37 / North Park 38