Posted: Nov 28, 2018
SCORE: Wheaton 58 - WPI 47
RECORDS: Wheaton (3-2, 1-0 NEWMAC) - WPI (4-2, 0-1 NEWMAC)
LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Emerson Gymnasium)
- Wheaton College women's basketball coach Melissa Hodgdon became the winningest women's basketball coach at Wheaton Wednesday night as her Lyons defeated the Engineers of WPI, 58-47, in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener for both teams in Emerson Gymnasium. The win is the 208th for Hodgdon, who took over the team in 2003, pushing her past Wheaton Hall of Fame coach Del Malloy (1984-1997) who finished his 13 season career with a 207-129 record.
- The Lyons win over the Engineers is the first since the 2015-16 season when Wheaton defeated WPI 64-60 at home.
- Leading the charge was junior captain Natalie Wind who knocked down a team-high 13 points, finishing 4-of-8 from the floor, which included a 3-for-5 performance from three-point range, while finishing a perfect 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. Senior Abby Hamilton chipped in 11 points on a 2-for-6 performance from the floor and a 6-for-8 night from the charity stripe.
- First-year Sadie Shore ended the night with a game-high eight rebounds, while also contributing seven points off the bench.
- McKenna Finken led all players with 14 points in the loss for the Engineers, finishing 5-for-9 from the floor, draining just one three-pointer, while hitting 3-of-5 from the free-throw line. Spencer Vinson ended the night with a game-high eight boards, while also coming up with a game-high two steals for WPI.
- The first quarter saw a tightly contested back and forth with Wheaton taking a pair of three-point leads, just to have them countered by WPI baskets. A layup from Vinson in the final seconds of the opening quarter handed the Engineers a three-point, 11-8, lead heading into the second frame.
- First-year Mia Len pulled Wheaton even at 15-15 with 6:04 to go in the second quarter after sinking a three-pointer, while being fouled, and then converting her free-throw attempt. The deadlock was short lived with the Engineers going on a 7-0 run to take a 22-15 lead with just under three minutes in the half. Wheaton responded with a run of its own, pulling within one point, with a minute on the clock. A pair of Engineer free-throws sent the two sides into the intermission with WPI leading 23-21.
- WPI managed to hold control of the lead for the majority of the third quarter, but Wheaton continued to fight, chipping away at the deficit before tying things at 31-31 heading into the fourth quarter.
- The Engineers hit the first basket of the fourth quarter, but a pair of back-to-back three-pointers from Wind and Ashley Hill and a basket from Sara McLeman capped a 10-0 Wheaton run with half of the quarter played. The Engineers tried to counter, but the Lyons managed to maintain the lead with the help of solid shooting from the charity stripe.
- Field Goals: Wheaton 17-46 / WPI 21-62
- 3-Point FG: Wheaton 7-21 / WPI 2-20
- Free Throw: Wheaton 17-22 / WPI 3-8
- Points off Turnovers: Wheaton 6 / WPI 9
- Rebounds: Wheaton 38 / WPI 37
- Assists: Wheaton 9 / WPI 9