Mass. College Hoops: Brickley, Shoemaker Lead Wheaton Past Emerson

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release from the women’s game, which saw Abbie Brickley and Kiley Shoemaker combine for 32 points as the Lyons defeated Emerson College in Boston:

BOSTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College women’s basketball team outscored Emerson by 15 points in the second half en route to a 77-58 victory in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup on the road.

Lyons’ junior forward Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah/Skyline) led all scorers with 18 points, six rebounds and a game-high five assists. Sophomore forward Kiley Shoemaker (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) registered 14 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Junior guard Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) collected 13 points, four assists and classmate Kirsten Ferrari (Lynn, Mass./Saint Mary’s) added ten points, three rebounds and four assists.

Sophomore guard Rebecca Arnone (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) tallied three points, hauled in eight rebounds and dished out four assists. Senior forward Lauren McClelland (Scituate, Mass./Notre Dame Academy) chipped in with six points, five rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes off the bench. Arnone has now drained at least one 3-pointer in 11-straight contests, while Brickley has recorded double digit points in ten consecutive contests.

Emerson junior forward Kristin Brice (Indiana, Penn./Indiana Area Senior) had 17 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field and brought down 12 rebounds to pace the hosts. Sophomore guard Janissa Delzo (Middlesex, N.J./Wardlaw-Hartridge) posted 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and freshman guard Emily Cameron (Culver City, Calif./University) compiled 11 points, five assists and three rebounds.

Leading 28-24 at the break, Wheaton came out firing in the second half using a 22-9 run to jump out to a 17-point cushion (50-33) in the opening 6:06 of action in the stanza. During the run, Brickley scored eight points, Shoemaker logged six, Ferrari had five and Pierce swished a three-pointer to get the spurt going at the 19:50 mark. The Lyons shot 9-for-12 from the field, grabbed seven rebounds and and assisted on seven of their baskets.

Wheaton’s gap ballooned to as many as 23 with 9:33 remaining in the game as Shoemaker finished a layup off a pass from junior guard Kenzie Kuhn (Glenwood Springs, Colo./Glenwood Springs). The Blue and White held a 36-22 advantage in the paint including a 28-12 differential in the second half alone. Both teams tied in bench points at 19-19, but Wheaton outscored Emerson 11-0 off turnovers and won the rebounding matchup, 43-40.

The Lyons (15-4, 10-4 NEWMAC), who committed a season-low nine turnovers in the win, host Clark University this Saturday at 1 p.m. Emerson (7-11, 3-10 NEWMAC) welcomes Springfield to its campus on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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