Cherkira Lashley '15 (#23, left side photo) and KellyAnn Rooney '14 (#11, right side photo) both scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Cardinals to a 59-49 road NESCAC victory in the conference opener at Colby Fri., Jan. 10. The win was the 10th of the year for the squad against three losses. Up next was a visit to Bowdoin Sat., Jan. 11 to face the 13-1 Polar Bears. Bowdin got the better of the Cardinals, pulling away for a 65-45 win.
Lashley hit all three of her treys in the first half while Rooney added a pair of three pointers as 18 of the Cardinals' 35 first-half points came via three-pointers en route to a 35-21 lead at intermission. Wesleyan trailed early on, 12-7, but recovered to take the lead for good on Lashley's bomb from the left side, giving Wesleyan an 18-17 edge with 7:39 remaining before halftime. Wesleyan ended the period on a 20-4 tear for the 14-point bulge.
Wesleyan's lead stayed in double-digits for almost 15 minutes during the second period, reaching as many as 20, 49-29, with 11:02 left on a Jackie Brown '16 three-pointer. But the Mules narrowed the difference to eight with 5:17 to go, 53-45. Six straight Cardinal points, the last four by Jenna Klaes '14, who also had 11 in the contest, pushed the lead back to 14, 59-45, at the 2:04 mark and the Cardinals coasted in from there for the 10-point triumph. Dreisen Heath '15 added eight points and five rebounds to the Wesleyan cause.
Wesleyan posted its ninth victory over Colby in the last 12 meetings and narrowed the margin in the all-time series to 14-16.
At Bowdoin, Wesleyan recovered from an early 11-3 shortfall with seven straight points to close to 11-10, but Bowdoin never reliquished the lead and held a 34-24 edge at halftime. The Cardinals got no closer than eight early in the second half before Bowdoin patiently pulled away to as much as a 24-point margin (61-37) with 4:30 to play. Wesleyan got 14 points from Klaes to lead the team. Lashley added 10. The Cardinals were limited to 28.3 percent shooting on the day and hit just two of 15 three-point tries.
(photos by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com)