NEW LONDON, CONN.--(1/25/12)--Freshman Abbie Brickley had a game-high 16 points to give Wheaton a 60-44 win over Coast Guard in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
Seniors Gabbie DePalo and Nicole Cullinane each added 13 points to help the Lyons (8-10, 6-5 NEWMAC) pick up their fifth win in their last seven games. Defensively, the Lyons held the Bears (5-10, 1-10 NEWMAC) to 25.4 pct. shooting (15-of-59) and outrebounded them 43-37.
The Lyons took a 29-20 lead into the locker room at halftime behind 11 points from Brickley and eight from Cullinane. Wheaton - which shot 43.3 pct. in the first half - closed the half on a 9-0 run, sparked by a pair of buckets from Brickley and a triple by Cullinane.
The Bears, meanwhile, connected on 26.9 pct. (7-of-26) of their shots and turned the ball over eight times, compared to just three for the Lyons. Sophomore Kaitlin Ward and freshman Brittney Zimmerman led CGA with five points each in the opening stanza.
Brickey recorded a three-point play early in the second half to give the Lyons a 37-26 lead. Coast Guard cut its deficit to eight at 48-40 with less than five minutes remaining, but junior Gabbie Barbera buried a three with 4:20 on the clock to push the lead back to double-digits. Less than a minute later, Cullinane drained her third three-pointer of the game to put Wheaton up 53-41 and essentially seal the win.
Freshman Kenzie Kuhn snared a career-high 13 rebounds for Wheaton and also tied a career-high six with assists. As a team, the Lyons finished the night shooting 43.6 pct. (24-of-55).
Ward led Coast Guard with 12 points and six rebounds while freshman Jamie Waterman recorded nine points and 10 rebounds. Zimmerman finished with eight points, three assists and a pair of steals.
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