Wesleyan recovered from its largest deficit of the game, 30-19, at halftime, to take the lead for good with 2:28 remaining on a layup by Sam LaCroce '12 and go on for a 69-61 victory over SUNY Old Westbury in the opener for both teams Fri., Nov. 18. With the score tied, 60-60, Emily Lippe '12 got the ball to LaCroce inside and she converted for a 62-60 edge as Wesleyan outscored its host, 9-1, in the closing moments. Lippe had six assists on the evening. LaCroce finished with a game-high 24 points on 11-of-14 shooting. She also had nine rebounds while Eileen Gaffney '12 took game-high honors with 10 boards. LaCroce added another basket with 1:46 to go and Amber Wessells '14 connected on three of four free throws in the final :17 to seal the win. Jenna Klaes '14 dished off a game-high seven assists as she single-handedly equaled the assist output of Old Westbury.
Wesleyan then took on SUNY Geneseo in its next outing Sat., Nov. 19 at Old Westbury. The Cardinals were not quite as fortunate in the second half after trailing just 29-25 at intermission. Geneseo used a 10-0 run at the beginning of the second frame to push out to a 14-point bulge and maintained a double-digit lead until just 7:07 stood on the game clock. The Cardinals got as close as six, 53-47, on a basket by Cherkira Lashley '15 with 1:08 left, but Geneseo stayed on top and claimed the 56-48 victory. LaCroce again paced Wesleyan in the scoring department with 15 points with Lippe tossing in 11 points along with four assists. LaCroce also led on the boards with nine with Gaffney right behind at eight.
Next up for the team is a visit to Hunter Tues., Nov. 22.