Amber Wessells '14 is Fifth Different Player to Lead Women's Basketball in Scoring During 4-0 Start with 13 vs. UMB
Holding as much as a 20-point lead during the first half, Wesleyan found itself ahead by just five against UMass Boston with six minutes left in its opening-game matchup in the three-team Courtyard by Marriott Tournament Fri., Nov. 22. But Wesleyan went on a brisk 8-0 run over the next 3:12 to fashion a comfortable 56-43 margin with 2:38 remaining en route to a 58-47 victory in just the second-ever meeting of the teams. The first came in 1995 with UMB capturing a 61-44 win.
The tournament continues Sat., Nov. 23 when UMB takes on Albertus Magnus, the other team in the field. Wesleyan and Albertus tangle in the final game of the tournament on Sun., Nov. 24.
Holding UMB to 15.6 percent shooting in the first half, Wesleyan secured a 34-19 advantage at halftime after holding a 31-11 lead with 3:30 to go before intermission. While the lead still looked comfortable at 46-30 with 13:15 to go, UMB scored 13 of the next 15 points to trail just 48-43 at the six-minute mark. But Amber Wessells '14 (#22, photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com), who led all scorers with 13 points, hit a pair of baskets, followed by buckets from KellyAnn Rooney '14 and Jess Cherenza '15 to pad the Cardinal margin to 13 and put the game away.
Cherkira Lashley '15 paced Wesleyan on the boards with a steady 10 caroms. Next on the glass was Kaylie Williams '16 with nine.
Off to a 4-0 start for the second time in the last four seasons with each of the last two featuring at least a 5-1 beginning, Wesleyan has not yet repeated a top scorer this year. Wessells joins Rooney, Lashley, Jenna Klaes '14 and Dreisen Heath '15 as a team leading scorer in a game thus far.