MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Three players scored in double-figures for the Wesleyan University women's basketball team Monday night as the Cardinals defeated Springfield College in non-conference action, 71-63.
Senior Maeve Vitale went 5-of-8 from the floor and 3-of-5 from downtown for a team-high 16 points to help Wesleyan improve to 10-5 overall. With the loss, the Pride fall to 12-5 on the season.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Springfield jumped out to a 6-2 lead early on and led for much of the quarter.
- A three from Olivia Gorman '19 followed by a trey from Emma Roush '21 seconds later gave Wesleyan its first lead of the game at the 2:58 mark, up 13-12.
- The two teams exchanged baskets as Wesleyan held a 15-14 lead after one.
- The second quarter went back-and-forth often with neither team able to pull away.
- With 1:27 remaining in the half, a three from Vitale gave Wesleyan a 30-26 lead. The four-point margin was the largest of the quarter at that point.
- Chynna Bailey '19 would extend the lead with a buzzer beater to give the home team a 35-30 advantage at the break.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- With 3:28 to play in the third quarter, a basket by Gorman lifted the Cardinals' lead to seven (47-40).
- The Pride hit back-to-back layups to cut the deficit to three seconds later, but Wesleyan outscored Springfield 8-2 down the stretch as a Heidi Scarth '20 gave the home squad a 55-46 advantage after three quarters of play.
- In the opening seconds of the fourth, Maddie Bledsoe '18 converted a three-point play to put the Cardinals on top 58-46.
- With 2:40 remaining in regulation, a free throw by Gorman gave Wesleyan its largest lead of the game as they went up by 13 (67-54).
- With 1:44 on the clock, Vitale hit one from behind-the-arc to go up by 12, but Springfield responded as Emily Jacques nailed one from deep to cut the deficit to nine.
- The two teams combined for just three points total in the final 1:23 of play as Wesleyan held off the Pride for the eight-point victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Vitale was joined in double-figures by Gorman and Tara Berger '19 with 14 and 12, respectively. Bledsoe, the leading rebounder in the NESCAC, finished with a game-high 10 boards. She also scored nine points and dished out four assists. Berger added nine rebounds and Bailey registered a career-high seven assists and scored seven points on 3-of-3 shooting.
- Four players scored in double-figures for Springfield, whose bench scored just four points. Jacques led all players with 18 points while Alex Golsin added 16, Chelsea McAllister scored 12 and Gracie Restituyo dropped 11. Goslin also dished out five assists and grabbed six boards while Jacques and Restituyo pulled in seven rebounds each.
- Wesleyan shot 48.3% (29-60) from the floor and outscored Springfield 44-34 in the paint.
- The Cardinals are back in action Saturday, Jan. 20 and will play at Conn. College. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.