Emily Lippe '12 (#24, right in main photo) scored a game-high 13 points and earned MVP honors at the Courtyard By Marriott Tournament, won by Wesleyan Sat., Dec. 3, with a 58-29 victory over Anna Maria in the championship contest. She also added five rebounds, four blocks, two assists and four steals in the game. Her three three-pointers in the first half helped trigger Wesleyan's control of the outcome. Amber Wessells '14 (#22, left in main photo) represented Wesleyan on the all-tournament team with her eight points, five assists, three rebounds and two steals in the title game.
Wesleyan jumped out to an 11-1 lead in the opening 8:17 of the game and led by no less than seven before a 10-3 burst in the final four minutes of the frame spotted the Cardinals a 30-14 haftime bulge. The lead steadily grew to 21 in the first five minutes of the second period, 36-15, and reached 27 at 47-20 with 6:48 remaining. The final score represented the largest margin of the game.
The Cardinals limited the Amcats to 14.9 percent shooting in the game (7-for-47) and had a 48-37 edge on the glass. This was the fifth all-time meeting of the two squads and first since the 1998-99 season. Anna Maria had won three of the previous four meetings.
The Cardinals headed to Western New England for their next outing Tues., Dec. 6, sporting a 4-1 record. They finished with a 5-1 mark after taking a solid 69-39 decision. The Cardinals raced to an 11-2 edge and never looked back, eventually gaining a 38-19 lead at intermission. The margin continued to escalate in the second period, advancing to 57-27 with 9:20 left and peaking at 35, 67-32, with 4:19 to play. Again, the Wesleyan defense was strong in holding the Golden Bears to 24.6 percent shooting and just 1-of-19 from behind the arc. Wesleyan hit 45.8 percent for the game and 3-of-7 three pointers. Eileen Gaffney '12 (#30, photo insert upper right) led the way with 17 points and tied for the team lead in rebounds with seven. Jess Cherenza '15, in 16 minutes off the bench, also had seven boards. Lippe chipped in with 13 points, five rebounds and a game-high six assists as the Cardinals generated 21 assists on 27 hoops.
The Cardinals closed out the first semester action with a trip to Williams Sat., Dec. 10 for a non-conference Little Three battle against the Ephs. Williams ended the Cardinals' four-game win streak with a 69-55 victory. Jenna Klaes '14 (#14, photo insert lower right) came through with a career-best 17 points as the only Cardinal in double-figures while Gaffney contributed nine points and five rebounds. Sam LaCroce '12 was tops on the boards for Wesleyan with six and KellyAnn Rooney '14 had a team-best four steals. The Cardinals held a slim lead much of the opening 11:27 of the contest before the Ephs took the lead for good, 13-12, with 8:33 to go in the half. Finishing the period with a 24-9 run, the Ephs ganed a 35-21 advantage at halftime and Wesleyan got no closer than 12 in the second half. The Ephs edge peaked at 22, 62-40, with 4:15 remaining. Wesleyan ended the game on a 15-7 run to narrow the final margin to 14.
The team is back on the court Mon. and Tues., Jan. 2 and 3 for the NYU New Year's Classic, taking on Farmingdale St. in the first contest and host NYU in the second.