NEWARK, N.J. – Three players scored at least 20 points for the Wesleyan women's basketball team as the Cardinals cruised to an 80-54 win over Rutgers-Newark on Saturday afternoon in the Rutgers-Newark Tip-Off Tournament. Marina Petruzzi was named the Tournament MVP while Katy O'Connor joined her on the All-Tournament Team.
Petruzzi scored 21 points on Saturday while O'Connor recorded a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds as the Cardinals improved to 2-0. Louise Ann Borja and Elisha India Cross each scored 15 points for the Scarlet Raiders as they dropped to 1-2 on the year.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Caleigh Ryan hit a 3-pointer at the 9:08 mark to give Wesleyan a 5-2 lead and it never looked back.
- With 3:13 remaining in the first quarter, O'Connor increased the lead to double-digits as the Cardinals led 21-11.
- Ahead by nine with 2:41 left in the first half, Wesleyan closed out the second quarter with a 5-0 run to lead 43-29 at the break.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The third quarter proved to be the closest as Wesleyan outscored Rutgers-Newark 17-16 and led 60-45 after 30 minutes of action.
- The Cardinals opened the fourth with an 8-0 run to grab a commanding 68-45 lead, putting the game out of reach with 7:15 to play.
- Wesleyan outscored the Scarlet Raiders 20-9 in the fourth quarter.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Ryan scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Cardinals while also dishing out five assists and recording four steals. Ava Tompkins grabbed five boards, blocked four shots, and registered three assists and three steals. Heidi Scarth came off the bench and scored nine points in 13 minutes of action while Emma Roush dished out five assists.
- Dorian Capurso led Rutgers-Newark with eight rebounds and four assists. Ann Borja recorded seven rebounds and a team-high three steals, and Samiyah Horton led the bench with six points and five boards.
- Wesleyan scored 50 points in the paint and outscored Rutgers-Newark in second-chance points, 17-5.
- Wesleyan is back in action on Tuesday, November 19 for its first home game of the season as the Cardinals host New Jersey City at 7 p.m.