Score: Williams 64, Wesleyan 59
Records: Wesleyan (4-4); Williams (7-2)
Location: Williamstown, Mass.
Date: Saturday, December 10
Time: 1 p.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University women's basketball team was edged by Little Three rival Williams College on the road Saturday in a non-conference matchup, 64-59.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The first quarter went back-and-forth often and featured six ties and five lead changes.
- Trailing 16-12 with 1:33 remaining, Wesleyan scored six unanswered points to close out the quarter as a lay-up from Heidi Scarth '20 with :17 on the clock gave the Cardinals an 18-16 lead after the first 10 minutes of action.
- Wesleyan led the entire second quarter and took a seven-point lead at the 4:18 mark following a lay-up from Maddie Bledsoe '18.
- The Ephs got within two following a free throw from Emily Peckham with :08 remaining, but Kadijah Mathews '18 hit a jumper right before time ran out as Wesleyan held a 29-25 halftime lead.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- A three-pointer from Danielle Gervacio '17 at the 6:26 mark gave the Cardinals their largest lead of the game, 39-31.
- However, Williams began its rally and went on a 12-4 run in the closing minutes of the third to even the game at 43-43 entering the fourth quarter.
- Wesleyan led by as much as seven following a jumper by Gervacio at the 6:58 mark.
- Trailing by five with 5:42 to play, Williams went on another run with seven unanswered points as a three from Emily Chang gave the Ephs a 58-56 lead.
- Another three-pointer by the Ephs minutes later put the home team ahead 61-58.
- Neither team scored from the 3:12 mark until :17 left on the clock when a free throw from Chynna Bailey '19 cut the deficit to two. However, Devon Caveney sealed the victory seconds later with a pair of free throws.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Saturday's game featured nine ties and six lead changes.
- Three Cardinals scored in double-figures as Maeve Vitale '18 led the team with 14 points, while Tara Berger '19 added 12 and Bledsoe scored 10. Berger added a game-high 15 rebounds as well for the double-double. Gervacio and Vitale each dished out three assists.
- Williams was led by Kristin Fechtelkotter, who scored a game-high 20 points and added 15 rebounds, and also blocked six shots. Amani Fernandez added 14 points, while Caveney scored 12 and Lexi Jones added 11.
- Wesleyan is back in action Friday, Dec. 30 and will face Bridgewater State in the WPI Winter Tournament. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.