BABSON PARK, Mass. – Maddie Clark, Marina Petruzzi, and Caleigh Ryan accounted for 52 of the team's 65 points as they helped lead the Wesleyan women's basketball squad to a 65-57 win over Babson on Saturday afternoon during day one action of the Judy Pearson Memorial Tournament hosted by the Beavers.
Ryan led the way with 20 points and a team-high seven rebounds while Clark added 18 on 6-of-8 shooting from deep and Petruzzi dropped 14. With the win, the Cardinals are now 8-2 overall while Babson dropped to 4-5.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Wesleyan took its first lead of the game at the 5:38 mark when Clark hit one from behind-the-arc to put the visitors ahead 7-6.
- Shortly after, a 3-pointer from Jacqueline Jozefick gave Babson an 11-9 advantage but Maggie Lee answered on the other end with a trey of her own.
- Wesleyan closed out the first quarter on a 12-2 run to lead by 10 entering the second.
- It was a different story in the second quarter as the Beavers opened on a 9-0 run capped off by a layup from Katherine Tamulionis at the 6:10 mark.
- Later in the half, a layup from Nicole Hiller gave Babson a 31-28 lead but a free throw from Petruzzi followed by a basket from Heidi Scarth with only seven seconds remaining evened the score at halftime, 31-31.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The third quarter went back-and-forth often with neither team able to pull away.
- A 3-pointer by Ryan with 27 seconds on the clock gave the visitors a 44-36 advantage but a buzzer-beater from Megan Bauman cut the deficit to six entering the fourth.
- Once again, play went back-and-forth in the final 10 minutes of play.
- Babson trailed by two with 8:45 to play but was unable to regain a lead.
- With 2:05 to play, Katy O'Connor extended Wesleyan's lead to seven as the Cardinals went up 60-53 and never looked back.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Ava Tompkins led the team with five assists. She also blocked two shots, recorded two steals, and scored two points. Wesleyan hit 12 3-pointers as a team.
- Bauman led the Beavers with 14 points followed by Emily Bonifacic and Tamulionis with 13 each. Bonifacic and Jozefick led the team with eight rebounds each and Tamulionis dished out a team-high three assists.
- Wesleyan is back in action tomorrow for day two of the Judy Pearson Memorial Tournament and will play the winner of the Connecticut College/Geneseo game.