Shooting 53.7 percent from the floor in the first half while making seven three pointers and holding Albertus Magnus to 29.6 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes, Wesleyan moved out to an overwhelming 57-32 lead at halftime and came away an 89-65 victor in the third and final game of the Courtyard by Marriott Tournament at Wesleyan Sun., Nov. 24. Wesleyan went 2-0 during the tournament with a 58-47 win over UMass Boston as well. Albertus went 0-2, falling in overtime to UMB. Moving to 5-0 on the year, Wesleyan is undefeated after five contests for the first time since the 2004-05 season when Wesleyan began the year with 11 consecutive victories.
The Cardinals got 20 points and nine rebounds from Dreisen Heath '15 (#13, photo) to pace the squad in both departments while Kaylie Williams '16 added 13 points and eight boards. KellyAnn Rooney '14 also hit double-digits in the scoring department with 12 points. Wesleyan posted a 56-31 edge on the glass in the contests.
Wesleyan moved out to an early 12-4 advantage but led just 20-16 before outscoring Albertus 37-16 over the final 11:30 of the first half. Heath had 12 points at the break and Rooney 10. Wesleyan began the second half with an 11-0 run for a resounding 68-32 lead. The difference grew as large as 39 (77-38, 10:30 remaining) before an 18-2 run by the Falcons helped trim the margin to as little as 22 (81-59) late in the game. Wesleyan is now 8-2 all-time vs. Albertus.
Wesleyan's next game came up Tues., Nov. 26 at home against Vassar. Ranked 28th nationally in the recent USA Today Division III poll, Vassar got off to a fast 10-0 start, and led by 20 (29-9) with under nine minutes to go in the half. Behind a 23-8 edge on the glass and near 60-percent shooting from the floor, the Brewers carried a 40-18 lead into halftime. Wesleyan did make a pair of runs at its visitor in the second half, using an 8-0 burst to trim the lead to 16, and a late 11-0 run got the Cardinals as close as 13 (59-46) with 1:49 to play. But Vassar stemmed the tide and maintained its comfortable lead down the stretch. Wesleyan was led by Williams with 14 points, followed by Rooney with 11. Amber Wessells '14 added 10. Wesleyan did force 22 Brewer turnovers while making just nine of its own as both Heath and Williams came up with four steals apiece, contributing to 13 steals by the team.
Ahead for the squad is a home game Sun., Dec. 1 against St. Joseph (CT).