With all 10 active players getting into the scoring, Wesleyan was led by Eileen Gaffney '12 (#30, left in photo) with 17 points while Melanie Ferdinand '12 (#32, right in photo) posted a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Wesleyan dominated the boards with a 57-26 margin and limited the Blue Jays to 10.9 percent shooting from the field while hitting 52.2 percent itself. Also scoring in double-digits for the Cards with 11 points was Emily Lippe '12. Sam LaCroce '12 chipped in with nine points and nine caroms.
The 62-point margin of victory was the largest for Wesleyan since knocking off SUNY Maritime, 82-17, back on Nov. 26, 2002. The 15 points allowed was the fewest permitted since posting a 73-14 triumph over Elms Dec. 5, 1998.
While Wesleyan had the remarkable 32-point run in the first half, the team added an 18-0 streak in the second half as well.
This was the team's first game in 10 days. The squad was back in game mode Sat., Dec. 5 with a visit to Bridgewater St. The Cardinals and Bears had only met once before, that during the 2004-05 season with Wesleyan capturing a 61-42 victory. Bridgewater tied the series Saturday by snagging a 73-68 victory.
It was an uphill battle for the Cardinals from the get-go as the Bears jumped out to a 13-3 lead, pushed the margin to 33-15 and held a 45-33 lead at intermission. Despite a pair of double-doubles -- 18 points and 15 rebounds from LaCroce and 12 points and 10 caroms from Gaffney -- the Cardinals could get no closer than the final margin at game's end. Wesleyan was hampered by 29 turnovers, counteracting the team's 49-30 dominance on the boards. Ali Newman '12 also chipped in with a career-high 15 points.
Wesleyan gets right back to business Mon., Dec. 7 taking on Coast Guard in the team's home opener. Coast Guard will be providing an audio webcast of the game and a link to hear the contest is available on the Wesleyan athletics web site under "Webcasts."