Gold needed a second trey, however, if the Cardinals wanted to extend the game into overtime. After the Ephs missed the front-end of two one-and-one free-throw attempts in the closing 30 seconds, Wesleyan had a final possession and Gold got off a long three-point try that hit backboard and rim but failed to convert at the buzzer.
The Cardinals had cut a nine-point deficit with 3:37 down to two at 70-68 when Ferdinand connected on her fourth trey with 1:23 to go. Williams got a free throw and a bucket to push out to a 73-68 cushion before a jumper by Gaffney with :29 made it a three-point game. Williams had led by as much as 11 on several occasions in the second half, the last at 65-54 with 5:39 remaining.
While the Ephs led throughout the second half, the Cardinals led much of the first half, holding a 24-15 advantage at the midway point of the period. Williams took the lead for good 36-35 with three minutes left in the first half and extended the margin to seven, 44-37, at intermission.
LaCroce also finished the game with 15 points for the Cardinals, who continued a tough road swing during the week by heading to Amherst Fri., Jan. 15 for the opening NESCAC tilt. There Wesleyan proved no match once again for the undefeated and second-ranked Lord Jeffs, falling 89-49. The Cards trailed 20-4 early on and 51-23 at intermission. Amherst never let the difference get below 25 in the second half and held as substantial as a 44-point bulge. Ali Newman '12 was the Cards' high scorer with 10. Wesleyan was held to 34 percent shooting and three treys in the contest. Amherst hit 11 from beyond the arc and shot a brisk 56 percent for the game.
The Cards finished up the NESCAC weekend at Trinity Sat., Jan. 16. A 21-7 run by the Bantams over a 10-minute stretch in the second half proved to be the difference as a 46-43 Bantam lead with pushed to a 67-50 margin with 5:43 left. The Cardinals could not dent the differential and the Bantams went on for the 78-60 triumph.
Gaffney and Newman cracked double-digits for the Cards with 14 and 10, respectively. Erin Gold '11 had a team-leading five assists.
Up next for the squad is a home game vs. Williams to start a NESCAC weekend Fri., Jan. 22. The game will be webcast and a link to watch the game is available on the athletics home page under "Webcasts."