Women's Basketball Falls to Wellesley in Final Seconds

Women's Basketball Falls to Wellesley in Final Seconds

SCORE: Wheaton 52 - Wellesley 55

RECORDS: Wheaton (9-11, 4-8 NEWMAC) - Wellesley (8-10, 5-7 NEWMAC)

LOCATION:  Norton, Mass. (Emerson Gymnasium)

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • In a game that saw 11 lead changes and eight tied scores, it came down to the final seconds to crown a winner, with the Wheaton College women's basketball team falling to the Wellesley Blue 55-52 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest Wednesday night in Emerson Gymnasium. 
  • Karli Retzel and Mikayla Pucci led Wheaton with 13 points each with both players finishing a perfect 100.0 from the free-throw line. Pucci also led the Lyons in rebounds, pulling down six. 
  • Caitlin Aguirre led all players with 18 points for Wellesley in the win, while Alyssa Cho ended with the games only double-double, scoring 13 points while pulling down a game-high 11 boards. Emily Kopp ended the contest with 12 points in the win. 
  • Both teams started the first quarter sluggish, going on several scoreless streaks, combining for just 17 points. 
  • The first quarter ended with neither team scoring in over three minutes, which was extended into the first minute of the second quarter. The draught was ended by an Aguirre jumper that increased the Blue lead to 11-8. An untraditional three-point play from Abby Hamilton tied the game at 11-11, while back-to-back free-throws from Sadie Shore handed the Lyons lead with 6:24 remaining in the half. Wheaton held onto the lead until the final minute and a half when a three-pointer from Aguirre handed the lead back to Wellesley (20-18). The Blue ended the half with three made free-throws, taking a slim 23-18 lead into the intermission. 
  • Wellesley maintained control of the lead the entire third quarter, taking its largest lead of the contest with 3:19 on the clock when Kendall You Mak hit a three that made it a 34-26 contest. 
  • Wheaton chipped away at the deficit, opening the fourth quarter on a 10-4 run that tied the contest 40-40 behind two Pucci free-throws with 4:42 left in the contest. The two sides would trade baskets and possession of the lead the rest of the way. Trailing 51-49 with 11 seconds remaining, the Lyons called a timeout and drew up a play that saw Natalie Wind drain a three from the corner, putting Wheaton ahead by a point. Wellesley responded a few seconds later with a timeout of its own, which was followed by a Kopp layup with five seconds on the clock. Wheaton tried to quickly get the ball up the court but had it intercepted by Aguirre, who was quickly fouled, resulting in two made Blue free-throws to end the contest.  

 THE BASICS:

  • Field Goals: Wheaton 15-45 / Wellesley 21-51
  • 3-Point FG: Wheaton 5-26 / Wellesley 3-11
  • Free Throw: Wheaton 17-19 / Wellesley 10-16
  • Points off Turnovers: Wheaton 23 / Wellesley 25
  • Rebounds: Wheaton 30 / Wellesley 34
  • Assists: Wheaton 11 / Wellesley 9

UP NEXT: Wheaton returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 1 p.m. against the Smith Pioneers in Emerson Gymnasium. The Lyons will be using the game as their annual Play4Kay contest. VIDEO / LIVESTATS