MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan women's basketball team lost to Little Three rival Williams on Tuesday night at Silloway Gymnasium, 68-49. With the loss, the Cardinals are now 6-2 on the season while the Ephs improve to 6-0.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Wesleyan took a 6-2 lead to start the game but the Ephs rallied shortly after with a 12-0 run.
- A jumper by Caleigh Ryan with 23 seconds left snapped the scoreless stretch for the Cardinals but a layup by Emily Peckham with :06 on the clock gave the visitors a 16-10 advantage after one.
- Williams extended the lead early on in the second quarter and went ahead 30-14 with 4:53 remaining following a layup from Mikaela Topper. However, back-to-back 3-pointers from Ava Tompkins and Emma Roush, respectively, helped spark a 14-4 Wesleyan run to end the half.
- In the closing seconds, following a missed shot, Ryan grabbed the offensive rebound and quickly got off an attempt as she hit the buzzer-beater to cut the deficit to six entering the break.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The third quarter belonged to the Ephs.
- Ryan scored the first basket of the half to cut the deficit to four, but Williams responded with nine unanswered points.
- The visitors continued to increase the lead but a 3-pointer by Marina Petruzzi at the buzzer cut the deficit to 14 with one quarter to play.
- In the final 10 minutes of action, Williams outscored Wesleyan 16-11 en route to the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Heidi Scarth scored 12 points on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting while also grabbing six boards and blocking two shots. Ryan scored 12 points as well and Maddie Clark led the team in rebounds (9) and steals (4). Clark, Ryan, and Ava Tompkins each dished out two assists.
- Topper led the Ephs with 19 points followed by Maggie Meehan's 18 and Peckham's 16. Peckham also finished with a double-double as she pulled in 13 rebounds. Katie Brule corralled 13 boards as well.
- Wesleyan is back in action on Saturday, Jan. 7 as it plays on the road against Fitchburg State in its final game of 2019. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.