WELLESLEY, Mass. – Wellesley College basketball opened the game on a 20-2 run and went on to earn a 68-19 victory over Seven Sisters rival Mount Holyoke College in the New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) finale for both teams on Saturday at Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse.
The Blue celebrated seniors Kayla Jang (South Pasadena, Calif.) and Chelsea Brown (San Jose, Calif.) prior to Saturday's contest. Jang went on to record a game-high 15 points, seven assists, and eight steals in the win. Brown added seven points and six rebounds. Wellesley sophomore Caitlin Aguirre (El Paso, Texas) matched Jang with a game-high 15 points, while adding six steals.
First year GraceAnne Woods (Glen Cove, N.Y.) dropped in six points and grabbed four steals to lead the Lyons. Junior Zahkeyah Allen (Philadelphia, Pa.) and first year Susan Percival (Hyattsville, Md.) each chipped in with four points, but the visitors struggled from the floor shooting just 19.2% (5-of-26) in the game.
Mount Holyoke (0-24, 0-16 NEWMAC) got on the board first at 8:41 when Woods sunk a jumper, but the Blue countered when sophomore Emily Kopp (King Ferry, N.Y.) made a layup at 7:42 to spark a 14-point run that would end the first quarter of play with Wellesley leading 14-2. The Blue scored the next six points in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Woods scored four of her six points during the second, starting with a layup at 7:45 to make the score 20-4, but the Lyons continued to trail at halftime, 32-15.
Wellesley shut out the Lyons, 22-0, in the third quarter to increase their lead to 54-15 heading into the fourth. Aguirre scored 12 of her 15 points in the second half, scoring seven in the third on 3-of-3 shooting. Seniors Jang and Brown sunk back-to-back three pointers at 9:45 and 8:56 in the fourth quarter to increase Wellesley's lead to 60-15. Aguirre then secured the last five points of the game, making a jumper at 3:43 and sinking a three pointer at 1:59 to give the Blue the 68-19 win.
Wellesley shot 41.8% (28-of-67) from the field and 40% (6-of-15) from the three point arc. The Blue also held the advantage in rebounds, bringing down 41 to the Lyons' 22.
Wellesley ends the season, the ninth under the direction of Head Coach Jennifer Kroll, with a 9-14 overall record and 6-10 mark in the NEWMAC.