Leading from start to finish, Wesleyan rolled to a 56-34 women's basketball victory over visiting Worcester St. Thurs., Dec. 5 in non-conference action. The teams have now split the four all-time games played between the schools with Wesleyan winning the last two.
Jumping out to a 9-3 margin after the opening 5:14, the Cardinals pushed the margin to 18-5 after 13 minutes of play and extended the difference to a 32-13 edge at intermission. Worcester made just four of 29 attempts (13.8 percent) from the field in the opening 20 minutes while Wesleyan hit 39.3 percent. The lead grew as large as 26 in the second half, peaking at 51-25 with 9:10 remaining. Worcester got as close as 19 in the closing moments before a final Wesleyan trey accounted for the 22-point win.
Wesleyan was led by Kaylie Williams '16 (#20, photo), who took game-high honors in points and rebounds with 12 and nine, respectively. She did her damage coming off the bench and playing just 19 minutes. She was the only Cardinal to reach double-digits in scoring as Driesen Heath '15 added nine and KellyAnn Rooney '14 scored seven. Wesleyan had a 51-37 edge on the boards with Jess Cherenza '15 and Cherkira Lashley '15 both grabbing seven to complement Williams.
Wesleyan closed out its first-semester action Sat., Dec. 7, traveling to Williams to face its Little Three rival in a non-conference matchup. Wesleyan and Williams will play their NESCAC contest on the last day of the regular season in Middletown Sat., Feb. 15.
Williams, undefeated and ranked fifth nationally, had its hands full against Wesleyan as the teams were never separated by more than seven points throughout the day, and that proved to be the final margin as the Ephs came away with a 53-46 triumph. Wesleyan led by as many as four in the second half, holding a 27-23 edge with 17:34 to go after a basket by Amber Wessells '14. But Williams broke a 33-33 deadlock with 12:14 left and never trailed thereafter, moving ahead 46-39 with 5:31 on the clock. The Cardinals scored the next five points, including a three-pointer by Williams a minute later to make it a 46-44 game. The Ephs ended the game on a 7-2 run to wrap up their eighth win of the year. Neither team shot well as Wesleyan was held to 21.5 percent from the field while Williams hit only 28.6 percent of its tries. Wesleyan had a 52-42 rebounding margin. Jenna Klaes '14 led the Cards with 11 points. Wessells and Rooney both had nine points. Cherenza had a team-high 12 boards while Heath added 10.
Wesleyan resumes game mode Mon., Dec. 30 when it hosts Wellesley in the first meeting between the teams in 14 years.