NEW LONDON, Conn. – Maddie Bledsoe '18 put together another incredible performance for the Wesleyan University women's basketball team as she led all players with 19 points and 21 rebounds to help guide the Cardinals to an impressive road win over in-state foe Connecticut College Saturday afternoon in NESCAC action, 69-64. Both teams are now an identical 11-5 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Wesleyan jumped out to a 5-0 lead but the Camels evened the score shortly after.
- Tied at 9-9, the Cardinals went on a 6-0 run capped off by a three-pointer from Ava Tompkins '20. Conn. College got within two, but a free throw by Emma Roush '21 gave Wesleyan a 16-13 lead after one.
- With 7:06 remaining in the second quarter, a layup by Kylie Caouette gave the home team a 21-19 lead.
- The game went back-and-forth until a 7-0 run by Wesleyan late in the half put the Cardinals ahead 31-25 with 1:20 on the clock. Tara Berger '19 later hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to give the visitors a 33-28 halftime advantage.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The third quarter was more of the same as both teams exchanged baskets often.
- A layup by Tompkins with 2:06 remaining gave the Cardinals a 44-38 lead, and a three-pointer by Maeve Vitale '18 with :22 on the clock put the visitors ahead 49-43 entering the fourth quarter.
- It was a high-scoring fourth quarter with the teams totaling 41 points.
- Wesleyan led by as much as eight (61-53) with 4:28 to play following a layup by Berger, but the Camels came back and cut the deficit to one with just under two minutes remaining and again with :34 on the clock.
- However, Wesleyan maintained its composure and sealed the win at the foul line with a perfect 4-of-4 shooting in the closing seconds.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- The double-double for Bledsoe marked her sixth of the season and it's the second time she recorded 21 rebounds this year. Berger added 14 points and Tompkins dropped 12, while each of them pulled in seven boards. Berger also recorded a game-high six blocks and Tompkins dished out a game-high four assists.
- Sami Ashton led the Camels with 17 points while Mairead Hynes added 16 off the bench. Meggie Corcoran scored nine points and pulled in a team-high 10 boards while Ashton grabbed nine.
- The Cardinals held Conn. College to just 1-of-16 shooting from three-point range.
- Wesleyan is back in action Monday, Jan. 22 and will play at Endicott beginning at 6 p.m.