WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – On Friday night, the Wesleyan women's basketball team avenged an early-season loss to Williams as the Cardinals defeated their Little Three rival on the road, 61-52. Wesleyan was led by Katy O'Connor who registered a double-double with an incredible performance, dropping 12 points and hauling in a career-high 21 rebounds.
Three players scored in double-figures for Wesleyan as it improved to 12-9 overall and 2-5 in the NESCAC. Marina Petruzzi led the way with a game-high 18 points. The Ephs were led by Katie Brule who dropped a team-high 13 points as they fell to 16-6 and 5-3.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Brule hit one from deep to put Williams on top first, but the Cardinals responded with a 10-0 run and never looked back.
- A layup by Caleigh Ryan with 11 seconds remaining in the first gave the visitors a 17-10 advantage entering the second quarter.
- Wesleyan opened the second with another run, scoring six unanswered to extend the lead to 14 with 6:01 remaining on the clock.
- Shortly after, the Ephs answered with a 7-0 stretch of their own to get within seven at the 2:22 mark.
- The teams would exchange baskets down the stretch and a buzzer-beater by Mikaela Topper cut the deficit to eight at the half as Wesleyan led 31-23.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- The third quarter featured back-and-forth action throughout, with Williams slowly cutting into the deficit.
- With 34 seconds remaining in the third, a free throw by Topper got the Ephs within four, but a buzzer-beater trey from Maddie Clark gave Wesleyan a 43-36 advantage entering the final quarter of play.
- Much like the third, the final 10 minutes went back-and-forth often with neither team able to mount a significant run.
- The Ephs got within four at the 2:02 mark but that would be the closest they would get the rest of the way.
- Wesleyan sealed the win at the charity stripe en route to the nine-point victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Petruzzi went 9-of-10 from the foul line. Ryan dropped 13 points and was a force defensively with three blocks and two steals. Ava Tompkins added seven points, eight rebounds, a game-high four assists, a game-high three steals, and one block.
- Four players scored in double-figures for Williams. Brule led the way with 13 followed by Topper and Emily Chang with 11 each, and Maddy Mandyck with 10. Mandyck also led the team in rebounds with nine and Topper dished out a team-high three assists.
- Wesleyan held a 53-50 edge in rebounding and went 21-of-29 (72.4%) from the foul line.
- The Cardinals are back in action on Sunday, Feb. 9 as they head to Vermont to face Middlebury at 2 p.m.