Jackie Browne '16 Hits Big Treys & Has Career-High 14 Points in 59-51 Women's Hoops Win over Middlebury
Jackie Browne '16 (#21, photo by SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) scored a career-best 14 points to tie for game scoring honors and hit a pair of three-pointers during a decisive 10-0 Wesleyan run in the second half, propelling the Cardinals to a 59-51 NESCAC victory over visiting Middlebury Fri., Jan. 17.
With the Cardinals trailing 36-33 at the 13:00 mark of the second period, Browne hit a pair of treys to give Wesleyan the lead for good, 39-36, with 11:00 to go. A pair of Brenna Diggins '17 free throws and a basket by Jenna Klaes '14 pushed the margin to 43-36 with 10:00 remaining. It was the largest lead of the game for Wesleyan to that point. The Panthers got no closer than five the rest of the way as the score stood 54-49 with 3:30 on the clock. Wesleyan then scored five of six free throws while Middlebury turned the ball over three straight times, extending the lead to 59-49 with 2:21 left. A late pair of Middlebury free throws ended the scoring.
Also in double-digits for Wesleyan with 12 points was Klaes. Jess Cherenza '15 paced Wesleyan on the boards with nine while Kaylie Williams '16 added seven along with nine points.
Wesleyan forced 23 Panther turnovers while making 14 of its own, one of the key factors in the contest. Middlebury held its largest edge just before halftime, holding a 29-23 margin before settling for a 29-25 halftime lead.
Next up for Wesleyan after an eight-day rest is a home NESCAC game vs. Conn. College Sat., Jan. 25. Prior to the game, Wesleyan will dedicate its new 1,000-point banner, which features the 11 Cardinals who have accomplished the feat.