Erin Gold '11 (#25, photo courtesy of SteveMcLaughlinPhotography.com) led the team in scoring for the second straight game, connecting for a career-high 24 points after scoring 20 in the Cardinals' 61-51 NESCAC loss to Bates Jan. 30.
Wesleyan opened its game vs. Emmanuel with a 10-4 lead but fell behind, 14-12. With the score tied 17-17, Emmanuel closed out the last nine minutes of the first half with a 24-11 run to lead 41-28 at intermission. A 10-6 start to the second half put Emmanuel up 51-34 for the game's largest differential with 17:16 to play.
Wesleyan quickly reduced the margin to single digits and got within six (14:24 left) at 53-47 behind a 13-2 burst that featured five points apiece by Gold and Mel Ferdinand '12, who finished with 11 points. The Saints did not allow the Cardinals to get closer than six until just 4:41 showed on the game clock as Wesleyan used an 8-3 streak to turn a 70-61 deficit into a 73-69 differential at that time. The score stood 75-71 but the Saints boosted the margin to 79-71 with 2:15 to go. A pair of McKinley Tennant '11 free throws and a basket by Sam LaCroce '12 (11 points) got Wesleyan within four with 1:24 to go. Eileen Gaffney '12, who netted 21 points, narrowed it to 82-79 with her final bucket and only :26 left. Two Saints points from the charity stripe were countered by Gold's three-pointer with just :13 left, making it 84-82. Two more at the line (:10.7) for Emmanuel made it 86-82 and an intercepted pass and final layup by the Saints accounted for the final margin.
Emmanuel leads the overall series vs. Wesleyan, 5-3.
Wesleyan has a crucial NESCAC matchup Sat., Feb. 6 vs. travel partner Conn. College. The game will be webcast and a link to watch the contest is posted on the athletics home page under "Webcasts."