Wesleyan’s Second Half Rally Falls Short as Cardinals Lose to Connecticut College, 65-58

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

THE BASICS:

Score: Connecticut College 65, Wesleyan 58
Records:
Wesleyan (7-11, 1-6 NESCAC); Connecticut College (13-6, 3-4 NESCAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn.
Date: Saturday, January 28
Time: 3 p.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University women's basketball team outscored Connecticut College 42-29 in the second half, but it wasn't enough as the Cardinals lost 65-58 Saturday afternoon at Silloway Gymnasium. Prior to the opening tip-off, Wesleyan honored its two senior class members; Lauren Gaj and Danielle Gervacio.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Conn. College came out hot to start the game and jumped out to 13-2 lead at the 4:22 mark of the first quarter.
  • The Camels extended their lead to 15 following a lay-up by Liz Malman with :27 remaining on the clock as they entered the second with a 19-4 advantage.
  • Maeve Vitale '18 hit a three-pointer just seconds into the second quarter, but a 6-0 run by Conn. College lifted the visitor's lead to 18.
  • Wesleyan would get within 13 at the 6:38 mark following a three from Danielle Gervacio '17, but it proved to be the closest the Cardinals would get the rest of the half as the Camels led 36-16 at the break.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The second half was a different story.
  • After an even third quarter, in which Conn. College outscored Wesleyan 20-19, the Cardinals slowly cut into the deficit in the final 10 minutes of regulation.
  • Trailing by 20 with 5:16 remaining, Wesleyan went on a 12-3 run capped off by a lay-up from Chynna Bailey '19 at the 1:43 mark to put the home team within 11, 63-52.
  • Kadijah Mathews '18 hit one from downtown with :17 left on the clock to get the Cardinals within single digits but it was too late. Despite an 18-5 run by Wesleyan to close out the game, the first half deficit proved to be too much

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Sophomores Maddie Bledsoe and Tara Berger led the home team with 10 points each, while Bledsoe pulled in seven rebounds and Berger grabbed a team-high eight. Vitale finished with a game-high five steals and Mathews dished out four assists.
  • Three players scored in double-figures for the Camels as Mairead Hynes led all players with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Malman added 14 points and Meg Corcoran totaled 11 and seven boards, while recording four assists and two blocks.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals are back in action Tuesday, Jan. 31 and will head to MIT for a 7 p.m. non-conference matchup.
  • Conn. College returns to the court Tuesday as well with a non-conference game at Eastern Connecticut State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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