In the first meeting of the teams since 2000, Wellesley improved to 6-2 on the year by breaking a 29-29 tie early in the second half, igniting an 18-4 run that helped seal a 60-46 road win over Wesleyan (7-3) Mon., Dec. 30. Up next for Wesleyan is another non-conference battle Sat., Jan. 4 when the Cardinals host Franklin and Marshall.
Hitting a jumper from the lane at the 14:45 mark of the second half, Wellesley broke the 29-29 deadlock, giving the Blue the lead for good. The Blue then went 7-for-13 from the field over the next seven minutes while holding the Cardinals to a three-pointer and a free throw en route to a 47-33 advantage with 7:35 left. Wesleyan got no closer than 10 the rest of the way.
Wesleyan got 11 points from Jess Cherenza '15 (#10, left side photo) and nine from Amber Wessells '14 (#22, right side photo). Cherkira Lashley '15 paced Wesleyan with seven caroms.
Neither team led by more than four points over the opening 28 minutes before A Wellesley basket at the 11:48 mark pushed the Blue's lead to 37-32. The largest lead of the game came with 2:35 remaining, 56-39. Wellesley is now 12-6 all-time vs. Wesleyan.
(Photos by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com)