Jackie Browne '16 Scores 12 off the Bench for Cardinals at Hamilton with 3 Treys but Wesleyan Comes up Short
Recovering from an early 9-2 deficit at Hamilton Sun., Feb. 3, to take a 20-19 lead at halftime, Wesleyan held its last lead at 30-28 with 15:18 to play on a layup by Amber Wessell '14. But the Continentals scored the next 10 points during the turning point of the contest, assuming a 38-30 advantage at the 10:34 mark. Wesleyan did score the next four points to make it 38-34, but that was as close as the Cardinals would get as Hamilton pulled away in the final nine minutes to post a 57-46 NESCAC win.
Jackie Browne '16 (#21, photo) came off the bench to score 12 points to lead Wesleyan, making three of her seven three-point tries along the way. She was the only Cardinal to reach double digits. Wesleyan was hurt by its free-throw shooting in the contest, making just five of 15 at the line. Jess Cherenza '15 had a strong all-around game for Wesleyan, scoring eight points, grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds, dishing out three assists and making three steals. She also made both her shots from the charity stripe. While Hamilton generated a 37-32 edge in total rebounds, Wesleyan had a lot of second-chance opportunities with 13 offensive boards to just six by Hamilton. Cherenza grabbed five boards at the offensive end.
With two NESCAC wins and just two games left on the regular-season schedule, the Cardinals playoff hopes hinge on the final two contests. Both are at home beginning with Bowdoin Fri., Feb. 8, and closing out with Colby Sat., Feb. 9 in a game slated for a webcast