Eileen Gaffney '12 (#30, main photo) posted her 12th career double-double with 17 points and 10 boards in leading Wesleyan to its initial NESCAC win of the season as the Cardinals raced past host Trinity, 54-46, Sat., Jan. 7. Next up for the squad is the first home NESCAC weekend of the year with Williams on taps Fri., Jan. 13 followed by Middlebury Sat, Jan. 14. Williams wrapped up the season series vs. Wesleyan with a 65-51 triumph, having won in Williamstown, 69-55, Dec 10. LiveStats for the Middlebury game can be viewed by clicking < here >.
The Cardinals broke a 36-36 deadlock at Trinity on Amber Wessells '14 driving layup with 10:18 to play and Wesleyan led the rest of the way. A layup by Gaffney with 6:03 left spotted Wesleyan a five-point bulge at 44-39 but the Bantams trimmed the gap to two, 44-42. Two consecutive baskets by Sarah Doelger '14 (#15, photo insert upper left) in a span of 54 seconds pushed the lead to six, 48-42, with 3:12 to go and Wesleyan kept at least a five-point cushion into the final horn.
Doelger finished with six points while Jenna Klaes '14 had seven, all at the free-throw line.
In the first half, Trinity moved out to a 14-8 lead midway through the period before the Cardinals rattled off 14 straight points, six by Jess Cherenza '15, to snag a 22-14 advantage. The half ended with the Cardinals up by a 24-22 margin before Trinity opened the second half with a 14-6 run to secure a 36-30 edge. Two free throws by Klaes and baskets by Gaffney and Emily Lippe '12 knotted the count at 36-36.
In the battle vs. Williams, the Ephs took the lead for good with 2:55 left in the first half by converting a three-point play. That started a 7-0 Eph run into intermission that spotted the visitors a 28-23 lead at the half. With the score 31-26 4:05 into the second period, Williams went 8-for-10 from the field with just one turnover over the next 4:15 to take a commanding 49-30 margin with 10:40 to play. While the 19-point margin was the largest of the game, Wesleyan, with 11 points from Gaffney and 10 from Sam LaCroce '12, as well as eight points each off the bench from Miller Hartsoe '15 and Cherkira Lashley '15, narrowed the gap to 11 at 62-51 with 1:15 to go, but that was close as the Cardinals would get.
Wesleyan held as much as a four-point lead in the first half, holding an 18-14 lead with 7:44 to go on Gaffney's second-chance bucket. Wesleyan's last lead came with 3:27 to go in the period, 23-21.