Cards Close out First Portion of Campaign with Comfortable Home Victory over Hunter, 57-47
In the final game of the first semester at home Sat., Dec. 12 vs. Hunter, the Cardinals went on a 17-0 run over a span of 5:10 during the first half to take control of the contest and go on for a comfortable 57-47 victory. Wesleyan ends the first semester with a 4-3 mark and resumes play Sat., Jan. 2 vs. Western Conn. in the first round of the Naismith Classic at Springfield College.
Eileen Gaffney '12 (#30, main photo) and Erin Gold '11 (#25, photo insert upper left) each scored six points during the decisive stretch as Wesleyan turned a 12-6 deficit at the 14:10 mark of the opening period into a 23-12 advantage with 9:00 to go. McKinley Tennant '11 also hit a key three-pointer to help support the cause.
Once up by 11, Wesleyan never saw its lead drop below eight, which was the difference at intermission, 31-23. With the score 39-31 and 14 minutes showing on the game clock, Wesleyan went on another burst in only the second-ever meeting with Hunter, scoring 11 straight points to post the game's largest lead at 19, 50-31. Hunter was able to narrow the final margin to 10 by outscoring Wesleyan, 16-7, in the closing 6:28.
Gaffney posted her third double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Gold closed out the contest with a team-high 16 points, the second-high game total of her career behind a 19-point effort last year vs. St. Joe's (LI). Top scorer Sam LaCroce '11 chipped in with 10 points and eight boards. Her 13.4 PPG thus far is slightly ahead of Gaffney, who has a 12.9 PPG figure.
Wesleyan also won the only other meeting with Hunter early in the 2001-02 season in a tournament at Hunter, 77-59.
(Photos courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com)