Wesleyan Cruises Past Worcester State, 75-42

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

THE BASICS:

Score:
Wesleyan 75, Worcester State 42
Records:
Wesleyan (3-3); Worcester State (3-4)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Silloway Gym)
Date: Friday, December 2
Time: 6 p.m.
The Lead: Four players scored in double-figures for the Wesleyan University women's basketball team as the Cardinals cruised to a commanding 75-42 win over Worcester State University Friday night in game one of the Courtyard by Marriott Tournament.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • It was all Wesleyan from the opening tip as the Cardinals opened the game on an 8-0 run in the first 2:25 of play. A three by Olivia Gorman '19 minutes later put the home team ahead 12-1 at the 5:09 mark.
  • The Lancers got within seven, but Wesleyan scored four unanswered in the final :22 of the first quarter to take a 18-7 lead after one.
  • The Cardinals continued to increase their lead in the second quarter and went off for 24 points, including the first six to cap off a 10-0 run.
  • After a jumper by Bianca Langford at the 7:30 mark got Worcester State within 13, Wesleyan responded with a 13-6 run to go ahead by 20.
  • A three from Maeve Vitale '19 and a lay-up by Gorman in the closing seconds gave the Cardinals a 42-19 halftime lead.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan continued its dominance in the third quarter and opened the second half on a 9-2 run as a three-pointer from Gorman put the home team ahead, 51-31.
  • The Cardinals would go on to take a 57-28 lead entering the fourth quarter.
  • Wesleyan outscored the Lancers 18-14 in the final 10 minutes of play to cruise to the victory and advance to the championship game of the tournament.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Gorman led all players with 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting, while Bledsoe, Vitale and Tara Berger '19 joined her in double-figures. Bledsoe added 13, Vitale scored 12 and Berger dropped 11.
  • Vitale also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and recorded a game-high four steals, while Danielle Gervacio '17 dished out four assists.
  • Britt Herring was the lone player in double-figures for Worcester State as she finished with 10 points. Kaitlyn Berkel led the team in rebounding with five boards and Brianna Hackett registered four assists.
  • Wesleyan led the entire game and outscored the Lancers in the paint, 34-18. The Cardinals also did not allow a three-pointer.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan will play in the Championship Game of the Courtyard by Marriott Tournament against Skidmore College tomorrow at 3 p.m.
  • Worcester State will face Keene State College in the Consolation Game at 1 p.m.

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