Smith Rallies in Fourth Quarter to Push Past Women's Basketball, 79-59

Smith Rallies in Fourth Quarter to Push Past Women's Basketball, 79-59

SCORE: Wheaton 59- Smith 79

RECORDS: Wheaton (9-16, 4-12 NEWMAC) - Smith (20-5, 13-3 NEWMAC)

LOCATION: Northampton, Mass.

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • The Wheaton College women's basketball team returned to the court on Saturday afternoon where they fell to the Pioneers of Smith College, 79-59. 
  • Wheaton was led by forwards Mikayla Pucci and Sara McLeman. Pucci earned her third double-double of the season, scoring 19 points and shooting 9-for-12 from the line while picking up 11 rebounds. McLeman picked up one board and shot 3-for-6 contributing eight points. Senior Abby Hamilton also followed up with a seven-point performance in the loss.
  • Smith was led by Lauren Bondi and Kennedy Guest-Pritch. Guest-Pritch became Smith's all-time leading scorer with her 21 points and a game-high 19 boards while Bondie led all players with a 26 point performance.   
  • Smith opened up the game with a 6-0 run before Pucci was able to get the Lyons on the board with a layup at 8:25. The Pioneers used their continued success in the paint to help take the quarter 24-15. 
  • Wheaton found their rhythm in the second frame, outscoring Smith 19-11. Hamilton was able to convert a pair of free throws at 1:47 to help push the Lyons ahead 34-31, but the Pioneers managed to make a layup and convert two at the line to regain the lead at the end of the half (35-34).
  • Smith used the momentum they gained before intermission to help win out the two remaining frames and set a final scoreline of 79-59 over the Lyons. 

 THE BASICS:

  • Field Goals: Wheaton 19-52 / Smith 26-69
  • 3-Point FG: Wheaton 5-16 / Smith 9-24
  • Free Throw: Wheaton 16-24 / Smith 18-25
  • Points off Turnovers: Wheaton 17 / Smith 17
  • Rebounds: Wheaton 26 / Smith 48
  • Assists: Wheaton 3 / Smith 16

UP NEXT: The Lyons conclude their 2018-19 regular season with an overall record of 9-16 and a New England Women's and Men's Atheltic Conference (NEWMAC) record of 4-12. VIDEO / LIVE STATS