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Women’s Basketball Defeats Endicott on the Road, 71-64

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

BEVERLY, Mass. – Three players scored in double-figures for the Wesleyan University women's basketball team as NESCAC Player of the Week Maddie Bledsoe '18 recorded her seventh double-double of the season to help guide the Cardinals to a 71-64 win over non-conference foe Endicott College Monday night. Additionally, Tara Berger '19 recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. 

Bledsoe, who received recognition from the conference office just a few hours prior to tip-off, finished with 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds as Wesleyan improved to 12-5 overall. Following the loss, the Gulls drop to 8-9.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The first quarter went back-and-forth often until a jumper by Emma Roush '21 put Wesleyan ahead 13-8 with 1:57 on the clock. It was the largest margin by either team in the first 10 minutes.
  • The Gulls responded with five unanswered to even the score but a free throw by Heidi Scarth '20 with :27 on the clock gave the visitors a 14-13 lead after one.
  • Trailing 16-13, Endicott went on a 10-0 run capped off by a layup from Cassandra Stapelfeld to put the Gulls ahead 23-16 with 5:31 remaining.
  • After a layup by Berger cut the deficit to two, Emily Pratt hit one from downtown to lift the lead back to five. However, Maeve Vitale '18 was fouled on a three-point attempt with just :01 on the clock, and she hit all three foul shots to cut the deficit to two, 28-26, entering the break.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • It was all Wesleyan in the third quarter. Trailing 30-28, the Cardinals outscored the Gulls 21-9 over the next seven minutes to take a 10-point lead.
  • A three-pointer by Tessa LaFrance with :26 on the clock cut the deficit to seven as the Cardinals took a 49-42 lead into the fourth quarter.
  • Endicott got within four on several occasions in the final 10 minutes of play, but it would be the closest they'd get as Wesleyan remained composed and a pair of free throws from Ava Tompkins '20 with :12 remaining gave the Cardinals a 71-64 victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Bledsoe and Vitale finished with 14 points each. Bledsoe was 3-of-4 from three-point range and Vitale was 3-of-5 from deep and a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. Tompkins led all players with four assists.
  • Endicott was led by Stapelfeld's game-high 17 points as she went 6-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-5 from three-point range. Kaleigh Putnam joined her in double-figures with 14 points and Mikaela Rogers led the Gulls with eight boards.
  • Wesleyan hit 10-of-22 shots from behind-the-arc and outrebounded Endicott 48-32. Monday's game featured seven lead changes and six ties.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals are back in action Friday, Jan. 26 and will play at Bates at 7 p.m.