(2/23) FDU-Florham 71 Wilkes 27
Danielle Michlovsky scored 19 of her 33 points in the opening half and FDU-Florham closed the first period on a 17-0 run en route to a 71-27 Freedom Conference women’s basketball win over visiting Wilkes University on Saturday afternoon.
The win improved the Devils, who will play in a Freedom Conference semi-final playoff game on Wednesday, to 16-9 overall and 7-5 in conference play. Wilkes concluded their season with an overall record of 2-23 and a conference mark of 1-11.
FDU-Florham had an 18-13 lead with less than 11 minutes to play in the first half before going on their decisive spurt. The Devils held Wilkes scoreless the rest of the half and scored the final 17 points to take a 35-13 lead into intermission. Michlovsky keyed the run by scoring nine points during the stretch.
Wilkes would cut the lead to 35-16 to open the second half on a three-pointer by Ashley Makarczyk. But, that is as close as they would get the rest of the way.
Michlovsky converted 13-of-17 shots from the field and also contributed 13 rebouunds for FDU-Florham. Emily Cerankowski chipped in with 21 tallies, while Shealyn Taggart had eight points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
Katie Cappelloni had 10 points in her final game for the Lady Colonels, who were out-rebounded 40-29 and were limited to just 10-for-53 shooting from the field in the contest.
(2/19) King's 76 Wilkes 47
The King’s College women’s basketball team rallied from a nine-point first half deficit to post a 76-47 Freedom Conference win over Wilkes University on Tuesday night in the Marts Center.
The Lady Monarchs, who clinched a berth in the playoffs with the win, improved to 13-11 overall and 7-4 in conference play. Wilkes saw their overall record fall to 2-22 and their conference mark slip to 1-10.
Behind four straight points by Mackensey O’Hara the Lady Colonels assumed a 12-3 lead with 12:13 to play in the first half. The Lady Colonels were able to keep their momentum and held a 16-8 lead on an O’Hara field goal with exactly nine minutes to play in the stanza.
King’s would then get things going by rattling off 16 unanswered points to take a lead they would never relinquish. Kaitlyn Fiorino started the run with a field goal and Lauren Kendra knocked down a free throw to cut the lead to 16-11. A three-pointer by Jessica Paettie and a Fiorino lay-up tied the game at 16-16 with 6:33 still to play in the half.
Kendra’s jumper at the 6:17 mark provided the Lady Monarchs with the lead, 18-16, before a pair of free throws by Paettie made it 20-16. Field goals inside by Andrea Hochstuhl and Kaitlyn Malshefski extended the King’s lead to 24-16 with 3:44 left in the half.
Wilkes made it 24-17 when Sam Lynam hit the second of two free throws, but Hochstuhl scored six straight points to give King’s their biggest lead of the half, 30-17, with 1:03 showing on the clock. A three-pointer by Wilkes’ Ashley Makarczyk made it a 30-20 game at halftime.
King’s would score the initial 15 points of the second half to dash any hopes of a Wilkes comeback. After a free throw by Fiorino, Malshefski and Hochstuhl both converted field goals to push the lead to 35-20. Jenna Palumbo would drill a long-range three-pointer with 16:58 left to up the gap to 38-20. Lauren Kendra added a field goal and a three-pointer, while Paettie hit two free throws to end the spurt and make it 45-20 in favor of the Lady Monarchs with 14:17 left.
Hochstuhl led three King’s players in double figures with 14 points and five rebounds. Fiorino and Paettie chipped in with 13 points apiece for the Lady Monarchs. Kendra contributed nine points, eight rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Katie Cappelloni had 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for Wilkes. She was also credited with four assists. O’Hara was next on the scoring list with 10 points, while Makarczyk added nine points and six rebounds.
(2/16) Wilkes 68 Arcadia 63
The Wilkes University women’s basketball team ended a 12-game losing streak with a 68-63 Freedom Conference victory over visiting Arcadia University on Saturday afternoon in the Marts Center.
The win improved the Lady Colonels to 2-21 overall and 1-9 in conference play. Arcadia saw their record fall to 7-15 overall and 4-6 in the conference.
Wilkes would lead by as many as five in the early going, that coming on a three-pointer by Ashley Makarczyk that made it 9-4 with 14:55 left in the opening half.
Arcadia would answer back by out-scoring the Lady Colonels 17-6 over the next 7:44 to assume a 21-15 lead on a Stephanie Bates field goal with 7:11 to play before intermission.
The Knights still had a four-point lead, 25-21, with 3:59 to go in the half before Wilkes went on an 11-3 spurt to assume the lead at intermission. Khadija Bates cashed in a three-point play and Makarczyk knocked down a jumper to provide Wilkes with a 26-25 edge. After Rachael Dauscher gave Arcadia the lead back with a field goal, Bates scored inside and Katie Cappelloni scored four straight points to put the Lady Colonels on top, 32-27. Kelli Burns would hit one-of-two free throws for the Knights to trim the lead to 32-28 at halftime.
The game would remain close throughout the second half and featured five ties and five lead changes. Arcadia held their biggest lead of the half, 47-44, on a Bates jumper with 11:01 left in the game. But, Wilkes would rally to tie the game at 48-48 on a basket inside by Mackensey O’Hara with 8:17 to play.
O’Hara scored on the Lady Colonels next possession down the floor to give them the lead, 50-48. She would add a three-point play just 16 seconds later to up the Wilkes advantage to 53-48 with 7:07 left.
Wilkes would eventually increase the lead to 55-49 on basket by Brittany Ely with 6:05 to go. However, the Knights got a three-pointer from Bates and a jumper by Caitlin Sparks to cut the lead to 55-54 with 5:21 left. Cynthia Rivera gave Arcadia the lead for the final time, 56-55, when she pumped in two free throws with 4:27 left.
Nicole Quick put Wilkes on top for good, 57-56, with a driving basket at the 4:01 mark. O’Hara would follow with a bucket inside to increase the lead to 59-56. The Knights got to within one, 59-58, on a Sparks bucket with 3:16 remaining.
A free throw and field goal by O’Hara quickly moved the lead up to four points, 62-58, with 2:22 left. Arcadia would get to within three twice in the waning minutes, but Wilkes was able to hold off the charge and pull out the win.
Khadija Bates, who had eight rebounds, and O’Hara finished with 16 points apiece for the Lady Colonels. Makarczyk cashed in 13 points, while Cappelloni had eight points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
Sparks had 19 points and eight rebounds and Stephanie Bates had 16 points and four steals for Arcadia. The Knights also received 10 points and seven rebounds from Rivera.
(2/14) Manhattanville 79 Wilkes 54
Manhattanville College raced out to a 16-point halftime lead and then held off a second half Wilkes University run before settling for a 79-54 Freedom Conference women’s basketball win on Thursday night. The victory improved the Valiants to 11-11 overall and 3-7 in the conference, while the Lady Colonels fell to 1-21 overall and 0-9 in conference play.
Manhattanville held an 11-9 lead just over seven minutes into the opening half before rattling off 14 straight points to take control. Jess Delagrange started the spurt with a jumper at the 12:50 mark that upped the Valiants lead to four. Katelyn Monteleone and Nina Johnson sandwiched field goals around a Johnson free throw to give Manhattanville an 18-9 lead with 11:04 left in the stanza.
Lauren Grenier extended the lead to 20-9 with a field goal at the 9:37 mark. Carey Hickey followed with a jumper to make it 22-9, before a three-pointer by Theresa McCabe with 7:28 left in the half capped the run and gave the Valiants a 25-9 lead.
Ttrailing 29-11 Wilkes scored seven straight points, two each by Jessica Plisko and Khadija Bates, and a three-pointer by Sam Lynam, to cut the deficit to 29-18 with just over a minute to go. However, Johnson would score five points in the final 57 seconds to give Manhattanville a 34-18 lead at the break.
Trailing 49-33 with less than 13 minutes left, Brittany Ely would spark a string of eight straight points by Wilkes that closed the gap to single digits. Ely would cash in three consecutive field goals to make it a 49-39 contest with 12:09 left to play. Mackensey O’Hara would then score inside for the Lady Colonels to trim the Valiants lead to 49-31 with 10:52 remaining.
Manhattanville’s Olivia Nastasi provided the answer for the Valiants by scoring six straight points of her own to push the lead back to double figures. Nastasi knocked down two jumpers before connecting on a pair of charity tosses with 9:58 left that made it 55-41. Wilkes would never get the lead down to single digits again.
Johnson had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead four Manhattanville players in double figures. Nastasi finished with 14 points and five rebounds. Simona Gordon ended the night with 11 points, seven assists and four steals, while Delagrange added 10 tallies.
Lynam, who had four rebounds, and Ely cashed in 11 points apiece to pace Wilkes offensively. Cappelloni chipped in with 10 points and five boards.
(2/9) Delaware Valley 63 Wilkes 51
Delaware Valley College pulled away in the second half on their way to a 63-51 Freedom Conference women’s basketball win over Wilkes University on Saturday afternoon in the Marts Center. The win improved the Aggies to 11-10 overall and 6-3 in the conference, while the Lady Colonels slipped to 1-20 overall and 0-8 in conference play.
Delaware Valley raced out to a 12-2 advantage in the opening 5:25 of the first half. Brittany Battinieri hit a three-pointer and Brooke Dittmar cashed in one-of-two free throws to put the Aggies on top 4-0. After a Sam Lynam basket for Wilkes trimmed the lead in half, Dittmar scored inside and converted two free throws to make it an 8-2 game. Rochelle Teesdale and Jen McCarthy added field goals as the lead grew to 12-2.
The Aggies would increase their lead to 12 points, 23-11, with 9:07 left in the stanza on a Battinieri field goal. However, Wilkes would slowly creep back in the game. Trailing 28-20 with just over two minutes left in the half, Brittany Ely cashed in a three-pointer to cut the gap to 28-23. Ely would then score on a drive with 23 ticks left in the stanza to pull the Lady Colonels within 28-25 at intermission.
Wilkes’ Khadija Bates scored inside on the first possession of the second half to pull within 28-27. But, that is as close as the Lady Colonels would get thanks to 12-3 run by Delaware Valley that gained them some breathing room. A three-pointer by Battinieri moved the score to 31-27 before Bates again scored inside to make it 31-29. McCarthy scored down low, Dittmar converted a layup and Teesdale drilled a trifecta as the Aggies rattled off seven straight points to forge in front 38-29. Bates would hit one free throw for Wilkes to make it 38-30, but Moira Donohue converted a jumper in the lane to extend the lead to 40-30 with 15:10 left.
Wilkes would continue to hang around and had the lead down to six, 42-36, on a jumper by Katie Cappelloni with 12:33 to play. But, five straight points by the Aggies quickly moved the lead back to twin digits, 47-36, with 11:06 left.
Wilkes got the lead down to eight, 47-39, on a three-pointer by Erin Schneider at the 9:56 mark. But, that is as close as they would get the rest of the way.
Donohue led Delaware Valley with 21 points, five assists and six steals. Dittmar had 14 points and 14 rebounds. Battinieri chipped in with 14 points and four assists.
Cappelloni was the only Wilkes player to reach double figures, finishing with 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Brittany Ely had nine points and three assists, while Bates added seven points and nine boards.
(2/4) Richard Stockton 61 Wilkes 51
Wilkes University senior guard Katie Cappelloni fired in a career-high 27 points, but it wasn’t enough as Richard Stockton College posted a 61-51 non-conference win over the Lady Colonels on Monday night in the Marts. The win improved the Ospreys to 11-9 overall, while Wilkes saw their record slide to 1-19.
Richard Stockton used an 8-0 spurt in the first half to jump on top 16-9. Trailing 9-8 Jenn Russell hit a pair of field goals to provide the Ospreys with a 12-9 lead. A jumper by Alyssa Reiter and two free throws by Ashley Hart put the visitors ahead 16-9 with 9:46 left in the first stanza.
Wilkes responded by out-scoring Richard Stockton 12-4 over the next 6:19 to forge back in front 21-20. A three-pointer by Erin Schneider and two Nicole Quick free throws cut the lead to 16-14. After Reiter hit a baseline jumper for the Ospreys, Cappelloni connected on a three-pointer to pull the Lady Colonels within 18-17 with 7:02 to play in the half.
A rebound and basket by Kristin Sciarrillo upped the Richard Stockton lead to 20-17, however Sam Lynam hit from long-range for Wilkes to tie the contest at 20-20. Cappelloni would then convert one-of-two free throws with 3:27 remaining in the period to give Wilkes a 21-20 lead. But, a layup by Cehara Wellington with just one second to go in the half eventually sent the Ospreys into the locker room with a 25-24 lead.
There were four lead changes early in the second half before Richard Stockton rattled off nine straight tallies to take the lead for good. With the game even at 32-32 Sciarrillo canned a jumper to give the Ospreys a 34-32 lead. Two free throws by Russell and a three-pointer by Lisa Neira upped the margin to seven, 39-32, with 14:41 to go. Russell would cap the spurt with a bucket inside that made it 41-32 with 13:19 remaining.
The lead would grow to 12, 47-35, on a Russell field goal with 8:57 left, but Wilkes would not go away quietly. Mackensey O’Hara scored inside and Cappelloni hit two charity tosses to get the Lady Colonels within 47-39 with 7:51 still on the clock.
The lead would got back to 10 moments later, 51-41, on a Kelley Guarrera field goal at the 7:05 mark. Wilkes then got a three-pointer from Lynam to make it 51-44. After Russell hit one free throw to increase the lead to 52-44, Cappelloni hit a 15-foot jumper to move the Lady Colonels with six tallies, 52-46, with 5:05 to play. But, Wilkes was not able to cut any further into the gap the rest of the way.
Russell scored 15 of her team-high 19 points in the second half to lead Richard Stockton. Guarrera, who had eight rebounds, and Neira, who had seven boards, added 12 points apiece. Kim Herriger dished out a game-high six assists as well for the Ospreys.
Cappelloni had 16 of her 27 tallies after intermission and was also credited with nine rebounds and four assists for the Lady Colonels. Lynam finished with 10 points and four caroms.
(2/2) DeSales 93 Wilkes 46
DeSales University opened the game by scoring 11 straight points and never looked back in claiming a 93-46 Freedom Conference women’s basketball victory over visiting Wilkes University on Saturday afternoon. The win improved the Bulldogs to 17-3 overall and 6-1 in the conference, while the Lady Colonels fell to 1-18 overall and 0-7 in conference play.
LeighAnn Burke scored on a drive and Kaila Wiand hit a three-pointer to open the game and give DeSales a 5-0 lead. Amanda Kuperavage would knock down a jumper, Burke would score inside, and Kim Rarick would connect on a jumper to extend the Bulldogs lead to 11-0 at 16:20 of the first stanza.
Wilkes trailed 19-6 with 13:49 left after a drive by Erin Schneider. However, DeSales would follow with a 14-0 run that iced the game.
Rarick hit a three-pointer and Jenna Stampf scored from in close and cashed in two free throws to provide the Bulldogs with a 26-6 lead. Burke then got in on the action by connecting a three-pointer and a 15-foot jumper that made it 31-6. Erica Sovak capped the out-burst with two free throws at the 9:14 mark that gave DeSales a 33-6 edge.
DeSales would add a 13-0 run later in the period that extended a 38-10 lead to 51-10. Wiand hit a three-pointer and Stampf scored on two straight possessions to up the advantage to 45-10. Elyse Kutsop followed with six consecutive points, including a field goal at the 3:09 mark that gave the Bulldogs the 51-10 lead with 3:09 left before intermission.
Wilkes would score the final five points of the half to head into the locker room trailing 51-15. Brittany Ely hit one-of-two charity tosses and Katie Cappelloni scored on a pair of drives for the Lady Colonels.
Burke had a game-high 20 points and five assists to lead four DeSales players in double figures. Stampf contributed 12 points. Rarick had 10 points, nine assists and five rebounds, while Kelly Magrann finished with 10 points, five assists and four steals.
Schneider and Sam Lynam led the Lady Colonels with nine points and four rebounds apiece. Cappelloni chipped in with eight points and six rebounds.
(1/30) FDU-Florham 67 Wilkes 53
Emily Cerankowski scored 26 points to lead FDU-Florham to a 67-53 Freedom Conference women’s basketball victory over Wilkes University on Wednesday night in the Marts Center. The win improved the Devils to 14-5 overall and 5-1 in the conference, while the Lady Colonels slipped to 1-17 overall and 0-6 in conference play.
The two teams battled on even terms through the first six eight minutes and were even at 12-12. However, FDU-Florham would take control by going on a 15-2 run that provided them with a double figure lead.
Kate Daly hit one of two free throws, Courtney Young converted two field goals, and Emily Cerankowski knocked down a jumper to give the Devils a 19-12 lead with 8:35 left in the stanza.
After Katie Cappelloni hit one-of-two charity tosses for Wilkes to trim the lead to 19-13, Young and Daly both hit shots and Cerankowski drilled a three-pointer to up the FDU-Florham lead to 26-13 with 6:50 left before intermission. Mackensey O’Hara tossed in a free throw for Wilkes and Cerankowski answered with a jumper for the Devils to extend the lead to 28-14 at the 4:56 mark. FDU-Florham would eventually head to the halftime locker room with a 32-17 edge.
The Devils began the second half by out-scoring Wilkes 9-4 to assume their biggest lead of the night, 41-21, with 16:13 to play on a Young jumper.
After FDU-Florham matched that lead, 51-31, with 10:51 left Wilkes began to chip away at the lead. Keyed by a 6-0 run that included two points apiece from Cappelloni, O’Hara and Ashley Makarczyk, the Lady Colonels were able to close the deficit to 54-44 with 6:13 still left.
On the Devils next trip down the floor Cerankowski responded by knocking down a three-pointer that pushed the lead to 57-44. Wilkes would get to within 10 again at 57-47 at the 4:27 mark, but a Daly lay-up and two Cerankowski free throws quickly upped the gap to 61-47 with 2:59 left and ended any hopes of a Wilkes comeback.
Cerankowski hit 9-of-17 shots from the field and all six free throws for the Devils. She also contributed eight rebounds and four steals. Young also enjoyed a solid night with 20 points, seven rebounds and four steals.
Wilkes was led by 15 points from Makarczyk. Cappelloni was the next best bet for the Lady Colonels with nine points, six rebounds and three assists.
(1/26) Delaware Valley 77 Wilkes 64
Delaware Valley College pulled away late in the first half en route to a 77-64 Freedom Conference women’s basketball win over visiting Wilkes University on Saturday afternoon. The Aggies improved to 8-9 overall and 4-2 in the conference, while the Lady Colonels watched their records drop to 1-16 overall and 0-5 in conference play.
Delaware Valley opened the game on a 10-2 run to take a lead they would never relinquish. However, Wilkes fought back and trimmed the lead to a single point, 18-17, on a Jessica Plisko three-point field goal with 8:30 to play in the first stanza.
A jumper by Amanda Wilson, a layup by Brooke Dittmar and a three-pointer by Brittany Battinieri upped the Aggies lead to 25-17 with 4:54 to go. Moments later the lead was six, 26-20, following a basket by the Lady Colonels’ Katie Cappelloni with 3:02 showing on the clock.
The final three minutes of the period proved to be costly to Wilkes as Delaware Valley closed the half on a 14-3 spurt to take a double figure lead that they would never give up. Kim Vennera and Dittmar both cashed in shots to make it 30-20. After Brittany Ely answered with a bucket for Wilkes, Battinieri hit a three-pointer as the lead grew to 33-22.
Sam Lynam would hit one-of-two free throws for the Lady Colonels to make it 33-23. However, Moira Donohue knocked down a three-pointer, and both Rochelle Teesdale and Amanda Wilson converted shots to give the Aggies a 40-23 lead at intermission.
Delaware Valley built their biggest lead of the afternoon, 56-34, on a Donohue field goal with 13:12 left to play. A 14-5 run by Wilkes cut the gap to 61-48 on a pair of Khadija Bates field goals with 9:17 left, but the Lady Colonels were never able to get the lead back to single digits.
Donohue led four Delaware Valley players in twin digits with a game-high 19 points. She also had four assists. Vennera contributed 17 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals, while Battinieri cashed in 17 tallies and had five helpers. Amanda Wilson chipped in with 10 points.
Cappelloni led Wilkes with 18 points and eight rebounds. Lynam contributed 13 points and four caroms, and Brittany Ely had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Lady Colonels.
(1/22) Manhattanville 69 Wilkes 64
Manhattanville College erased a seven-point deficit in the final 8:46 to earn a 69-64 Freedom Conference women’s basketball victory over Wilkes University on Tuesday night in the Marts Center.
The win improved the Valiants to 8-7 overall and 1-3 in their first season in the conference. Wilkes fell to 1-15 overall and o-4 in conference play.
Manhattanville would race out to a 16-4 lead in the opening 6:32 of the contest on a basket Nina Johnson. The Valiants would maintain their 12-point advantage and led 20-8 before Wilkes mounted a charge.
Lacey Andresen drilled a three-pointer and Katie Cappelloni hit two free throws and a field goal to help Wilkes cut the lead to 20-15 with 6:04 left in the period.
After Jess Delagrange knocked down a jumper for Manhattanville to up the lead to seven, Andresen hit another three-pointer and Cappelloni cashed in a three-point play to trim the gap to a single point, 22-21 at the 5:23 mark.
Delagrange would answer for the Valiants with a three-pointer at the 5:11 mark to extend the lead to 25-21. But, Andresen hit another triple and Cappelloni scored inside to give the Lady Colonels their first lead of the night, 26-25, with 3:18 left in the half.
Manhattanville would score the next six points, two each by Nina Johnson, Carey Hickey and Olivia Nastasi to go back on top 31-26 with 1:56 showing on the clock.
The Valiants led 34-28 before Ashley Makarczyk and Brittany Ely hit consecutive trifectas to tie the game at 34-34 just 18 seconds before the half. But, Nastasi scored on a three-point play with five seconds remaining to give Manhattanville a 37-34 lead at the break.
Janice Kane scored the first basket of the second half for the Valiants to increase their lead to 39-34. However, Wilkes would rattle off six straight tallies, including four by Cappelloni to take a 40-39 lead with 17:31 to go.
With the game tied at 47-47 the Lady Colonels embarked on a 10-3 run to take their biggest advantage of the contest. Brittany Ely hit a three-pointer to start the spurt and a basket inside by Khadija Bates capped the spurt and provided Wilkes with a 57-50 lead with 8:46 remaining.
Manhattanville began their comeback by scoring the next six points, including four by Johnson, to cut the lead to 57-56 with 6:50 left. After two free throws by Cappelloni pushed the lead back to three, 59-56, Nastasi scored inside and Janice Kane hit a jumper to put the Valiants ahead, 60-59, with 5:45 to go.
Nicole Quick hit the back end of a two-shot free throw situation for Wilkes to tie the game at 60-60 with 5:32 left. But, Nastasi scored off a Johnson assist and Lauren Grenier cashed in two free throws to give Manhattanville the lead for good, 64-60, at the 3:00 mark.
Wilkes cut the lead to two on a pair of occasions, including 66-64 on a pair of Cappelloni free throws with 1:23 left. After forcing a Valiant’s miss on their next opportunity, the Lady Colonels had a chance to tie the game, but turned the ball over with 39 seconds left. Johnson was fouled with 22 ticks remaining and hit the first shot of a one-and-one to give Manhattanville a 67-64 lead. After a team rebound gave the Valiants the ball back following Johnson’s miss on the second shot, Kane was fouled and calmly sank both free throws to extend the lead to 69-64 with 17 seconds left.
Nastasi led four Manhattanville players in double-figures with 20 points. Johnson had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Delagrange popped in 11 points, while Grenier had 10 points and seven rebounds.
Wilkes was led by Cappelloni’s game-high 22 points. She also had six rebounds and three assists. Andresen, who left the game with an injury with just under four minutes to go in the first half, and Ashley Makarczyk, who had seven rebounds, chipped in with 11 points each.
(1/19) Arcadia 62 Wilkes 47
Arcadia University fashioned a 62-47 win over visiting Wilkes University in a Freedom Conference women’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon. The win improved the Knights to 4-10 overall and 2-2 in the conference, while the Lady Colonels fell to 1-14 overall and 0-3 in conference play.
Wilkes held a 6-4 lead following a basket by Khadija Bates with 17:12 to go in the first half. However, that would be the final lead for the Lady Colonels thanks to a 17-2 Arcadia run that gave them control.
Kim Milligan spearheaded the decisive spurt by knocking down three three-point field goals. Milligan’s final trifecta came with 12:37 left in the stanza and gave the Knights a 21-8 advantage.
Wilkes would claw their way back into contention and had the lead down to six points, 28-22, on a Katie Cappelloni field goal with 2:52 left before intermission.
The Knights would enjoy a 34-25 lead at halftime and immediately stretched the lead back to double-figures by scoring the first five points of the second half to make it 39-25.
After Arcadia built their lead to 20 points in the second half, Wilkes made one more surge to cut the deficit to 56-47 on a Cappelloni jumper with 2:12 left. But, the Knights would score the final six points of the game to stave off the rally.
Caitlin Sparks led Arcadia with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Milligan was also in twin digits with 14 points.
Cappelloni was the only Wilkes player to reach double figures, finishing with 11 points and six rebounds. Nicole Quick contributed nine tallies, while Lacey Andresen had seven points and six rebounds.
(1/16) DeSales 69 Wilkes 40
DeSales University used a 9-2 run to end the first half to pull away from Wilkes University on their way to a 69-40 Freedom Conference women’s basketball win on Wednesday night in the Marts Center.
DeSales improved to 13-3 overall and 2-1 in conference play. Wilkes saw their overall record slide to 1-13 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
The Bulldogs raced out to a 19-7 lead in the opening 9:26 of the first stanza. However, Wilkes would mount a rally when Ashley Makarczyk knocked down a three-pointer and Sam Lynam hit a jumper and a lay-up to make it a 19-14 game with 9:00 showing on the clock.
Both teams would then go cold from the field, combining to miss their next 10 shots. But, Wilkes was still able to cut the lead down to three when Nicole Quick canned two charity tosses with 5:45 left in the half that made it a 19-16 game.
DeSales would get a three-point play from Kim Rarick with 2:52 left in the stanza to push their lead to 22-16 and end their 7:42 drought. A basket inside by the Lady Colonels Mackensey O’Hara pulled her team within 22-18, but Rarick drilled a three-pointer to ignite the final 9-2 run that gave DeSales a 31-20 lead at halftime.
The Bulldogs maintained their 11-point edge at 35-24 before rattling off 12 straight tallies to take command for good. LeighAnn Burke hit a three-pointer and Amanda Kuperavage hit a baseline jumper to extend the lead to 40-24. Another three-pointer by Burke and field goals by Rarick and Kuperavage capped the run and gave DeSales a 47-24 lead with 14:15 to go in the contest. Wilkes would never seriously contend again.
Burke, who had five assists and five steals, and Rarick, who had three assists, both finished with 13 points to pace the DeSales assault. Kaila Wiand followed with nine points, while Kuperavage had eight points, five rebounds and three assists.
O’Hara popped in 10 points and finished with a game-high nine rebounds. Katie Cappelloni chipped in with nine points and six rebounds.
(1/12) Albright 68 Wilkes 46
Albright College continued their impressive play with a 68-46 win over Wilkes University on Saturday afternoon in the Marts Center. The win improved the Lions to 10-3 overall, while the Lady Colonels fell to 1-12 overall.
Albright never trailed after opening the game on a 7-0 run. The Lions would not allow Wilkes to get any closer than five points the rest of the way, with that coming on a Sam Lynam basket with 13:45 left in the opening stanza that made it 9-4.
The Lions had a 17-10 lead before embarking on a 17-0 out-burst that put the game away. Jessica McGinness started the run with a jumper. Charlotte Ciccone and Jennifer DuPrau both converted field goals to up the lead to 23-10 with 6:34 left before intermission.
A free throw by Ciccone and a basket inside by McGinness would stretch the advantage to 26-10. Jacqueline Hardwick converted two charity tosses and Bre Dillon and McGinness both cashed in layups to push the edge to 32-10. McGinness would then cap the streak with a basket off a Dillon assist that gave the Lions a 34-10 lead with 2:08 left in the stanza.
The Lions would hold a 35-15 lead at halftime and would open the second half on a 9-2 spurt to dash any hopes of a Wilkes comeback. Dillon hit a three-pointer and Hardwick, Ciccone and Meredith Berger each popped in a field goal to help Albright assume a 44-17 lead with 14:20 left. The Lady Colonels would never seriously threaten the rest of the way.
McGinness had 17 points for Albright. Dillon finished with 13 points and four assists for the Lions, who placed 13 players in the scoring column.
Mackensey O’Hara, who had eight rebounds and three blocks, and Katie Cappelloni finished with nine points each for Wilkes.
(1/10) Elizabethtown 69 Wilkes 61
Elizabethtown College held off Wilkes University to post a 69-61 non-conference women’s basketball victory on Thursday night. The win improved the Blue Jays to 7-5 overall, while the Lady Colonels saw their overall record fall to 1-11.
Elizabethtown took their biggest lead of the night at the 10:10 mark of the opening half when Kaity Snyder converted a field goal to give the Blue Jays a 20-9 advantage.
Wilkes would mount a charge by scoring the next nine points to trim the lead to just two. Sam Lynam started the spree with a three-pointer that made it 20-12. After a Lacey Andresen field goal, Mackensey O’Hara connected from down low to close the gap to 20-16. Lynam would cap the out-burst with a lay-up that pulled Wilkes within 20-18 with 7:49 left before the break.
The Blue Jays responded with six straight counters, capped by two Audrey Hitz free throws, to extend their lead to 26-18 with 5:19 to play in the stanza. The run helped Elizabethtown take a 36-31 lead into halftime.
Lacey Andresen scored the first four points of the second half for Wilkes to cut the lead to one, 36-35. However, Megan Quinn hit a three-pointer and a two-point field goal to ignite a 7-0 Elizabethtown run that gave her team a 43-35 lead with 16:37 to play.
The Blue Jays maintained the eight point lead and had a 51-43 advantage later in the period. But, Wilkes would not go away and when Lynam canned a three-pointer and Jessica Plisko knocked down a jumper the Lady Colonels were within 51-48 with 9:40 to go.
Elizabethtown answered right back with six consecutive points to gain a nine-point edge. Amanda Reid hit one free throw and Megan Romano scored on a drive to make it 54-48. Quinn would then connect on one charity toss and a field goal to give her team a 57-48 lead with 7:20 to play.
Wilkes made one final charge in the final minute and cut the lead to four, 65-61, on a pair of free throws by Ashley Makarczyk with 46 seconds remaining. However, Romano made four straight free throws down the stretch to help seal the win.
Quinn had a game-high 17 points to lead Elizabethtown. Erin Walton added 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Hitz and Romano had 13 points each. The Blue Jays also received six points, 17 rebounds and seven assists from Reid.
Lynam cashed in 16 points and had four rebounds for Wilkes. Katie Cappelloni chipped in with 10 points and five assists. Andresen was credited with nine points and nine rebounds.
(1/8) King's 71 Wilkes 43
King’s College used a big second half effort to post a 71-43 win over visiting Wilkes University in the Freedom Conference opener for both sides on Tuesday night at the Scandlon Gymnasium. The Lady Monarchs improved to 7-7 overall, while the Lady Colonels slipped to 1-10 overall.
Neither team was able to get on track offensively in the first half. King’s shot just 28.6 percent from the field in the opening stanza after converting only 10-of-35 shots. Wilkes was successful on a mere 6-of-26 shots from the field for 23.1 percent.
King’s scored the first four points of the game on a free throw by Jenna Palumbo and a three-pointer by Kaitlyn Fiorino. After Ashley Makarczyk scored on a runner in the lane for Wilkes to make it 4-2, Kaitlyn Malshefski, Andrea Hochstuhl and Palumbo all converted field goals to put the Lady Monarchs on top 10-2 with 14:39 left in the half.
Lacey Andresen would pull the Lady Colonels within 10-4 with a lay-up at the 11:37 mark. However, King’s rattled off six consecutive points once again, including four by Sarah O’Doherty, to assume a 16-4 edge with 5:41 left in the stanza.
A jumper by Makarczyk and a steal and basket by Sam Lynam closed the gap to 16-8 with 4:46 showing on the clock. Once again King’s responded with a 7-0 spurt, including five points by Jessica Paettie, to take their biggest lead of the stanza, 23-8, with 1:35 left. The Lady Monarchs would eventually settle for a 28-15 lead at the break.
King’s would open the second half with eight straight tallies to push the lead to 36-15. Jenna Palumbo opened the streak with a pair of free throws and a three-pointer, before Lauren Kendra scored on a drive and hit one-of-two from the charity stripe to give the Lady Monarchs a 21-point advantage.
Trailing 42-20, Wilkes rattled off five straight points on a three-pointer by Lynam and a basket inside by Mackensey O’Hara with 12:44 to go.
But, King’s would then put the game away with a 14-2 run. Krystina Durako converted a traditional three-point play and Paettie scored inside to make it 47-25. A basket by the Lady Colonels Brittany Ely cut the advantage to 47-27. Andrea Carroll and Malshefski both cashed in field goals for King’s to extend the lead to 51-27. A Palumbo three-pointer and a lay-up by Carroll would end the streak and give the Lady Monarchs a 56-27 edge.
Both team’s were more efficient from the field in the final 20 minutes. King’s converted 44.1 percent of their attempts after going 15-for-34, while Wilkes canned 32.3 percent of their tries after hitting on 10-of-31.
Palumbo had 15 points and three assists for King’s. Paettie and Kristen Baumes contributed 10 points each, while Lauren Kendra had 10 assists and 13 rebounds to go along with her five tallies.
Makarczyk and Ely finished with nine counters apiece to lead Wilkes offensively. Khadija Bates was the top rebounder for the Lady Colonels with eight.
(1/2) Moravian 65 Wilkes 50
Moravian College closed the game on a 16-1 run to snap a 49-49 tie and earn a 65-50 non-conference women’s basketball victory over visiting Wilkes University on Wednesday night.
The win upped the Greyhounds overall record to 6-3 and extended their current winning streak to five straight games. Wilkes saw their overall record fall to 1-9.
Moravian led by as many as seven points in the first half and had a 23-17 lead late in the stanza. However, the Lady Colonels’ Lacey Andresen knocked down a three-pointer with 53 seconds remaining in the period and canned a jumper with only ten ticks left to cut the lead to 23-22 at intermission.
Wilkes would take their first lead of the game on their opening possession of the second half thanks to a three-pointer by Allison Horn that made it 25-23 at the 19:20 mark.
Both teams would battle on even terms throughout the majority of the second half, which featured six lead changes and three ties. The final tie came with 7:36 remaining when Andresen scored inside to make it 49-49.
Moravian would begin their decisive run when Kate Harrison and Jessica Foran both cashed in two free throws to give the Greyhounds a 53-49 advantage with 5:14 left. After Kirsty Stearns converted one-of-two from the charity stripe, Alyssa Bisci grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to provide Moravian with a 56-49 edge with 4:44 left.
Emily Smith made it 58-49 with 4:29 showing on the clock with a driving field goal. A steal and basket by Harrison with 2:45 left and a free throw by Stearns at the 2:16 mark further increased the lead to 61-49.
Andresen hit one-of-two free throws for Wilkes to put a temporary halt to the spurt and cut the gap to 61-50 with 1:35 showing on the clock. However, Amanda Brown hit a jumper and Foran scored on a lay-up to close out the scoring and give Moravian the 65-50 victory.
Bisci led four Greyhounds in double figures with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Harrison chipped in with 13 points, while both Stearns, who had seven rebounds, and Foran, who had five steals, tossed in 10 tallies.
Andresen, who was making her season debut after missing the first semester due to an injury, enjoyed a solid night with 16 points and eight rebounds. Horn, who was also playing for the first time this season due to an injury, and Ashley Makarczyk popped in nine points apiece. Mackensey O’Hara contributed four points, ten rebounds and five blocked shots to the Wilkes attack.
(12/8) Wilkes 65 Susquehanna 42
Chelsey Gosse scored a career-high 26 points and Nicole Quick added a career-high 18 tallies to lead Wilkes University to a 65-42 win over Susquehanna University on Saturday afternoon in the Marts Center.
The win was the first of the season for the Lady Colonels, who will head into the holiday break with a 1-8 mark. Susquehanna saw their overall record fall to 5-3 overall with the loss.
Susquehanna shot only 22.4 (17-of-76) percent from the field for the game, including a 9.1 percent (1-for-23) mark from three-point range. Wilkes, who shot 37.5 percent from the field, also nabbed a 61-35 rebounding advantage over the Crusaders.
Susquehanna held their third lead of the game with 9:46 left in the first half when Samantha Jansson scored inside. A layup by Gosse and a pair of free throws by Khadija Bates provided Wilkes with a 16-13 edge with 7:22 showing on the clock.
After the Crusaders tied the game at 18-18 Gosse cashed in a pair of field goals to make it 22-18 with 3:20 left in the stanza. The Lady Colonels would hold the lead the rest of the period, including a 24-21 advantage at halftime.
The game remained close throughout the first part of the second half and Susquehanna eventually grabbed a 32-31 lead on a Jansson basket inside with 11:54 to play. That would be the last lead for the Crusaders thanks to a 9-0 Wilkes run that put them ahead for good.
Sam Lynam started the spree with two charity tosses that provided the Lady Colonels with a 33-32 lead. A jumper and two free throws by Quick upped the advantage to 37-32. Gosse would hit one-of-two free throws and would connect for a field goal inside to give Wilkes a 40-32 lead with 8:41 left.
Susquehanna would creep within six on two occasions, including 42-36, following another bucket by Jansson with 7:02 left. The Lady Colonels would then put the game away with a 13-2 spurt.
Quick hit a field goal and two free throws to provide Wilkes with their first double-figure lead, 46-36. After two Gosse charity tosses, Rachel Hughes scored down low for Susquehanna to move the score to 48-38. Two Quick free throws and a Gosse field goal pushed the gap to 52-38. Lynam would then cap the run with a three-pointer from the corner that made it 55-38 with 2:34 left.
Gosse secured 12 rebounds to go along with her 26 tallies to pace Wilkes. Quick set another career-high in the game by handing out seven assists. Lynam also enjoyed a solid effort with 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
Ashley Watkins was the only Susquehanna player to reach twin digits after cashing in 10 points. Jansson finished with eight tallies, while Val Houseal and Bri McNallan had six counters.
(12/6) Misericordia 61 Wilkes 45
Misericordia University rallied from a three-point halftime deficit to score a 61-45 women’s basketball win over Wilkes University on Thursday night in the Marts Center. The victory improved the Cougars to 4-2 overall, while the Lady Colonels dropped their eighth straight game to begin the season.
Misericordia used an early 9-2 run to take a 13-6 lead on a pair of free throws by Amy Hughes. Still trailing by seven, 17-10, the Lady Colonels answered with a string of eight consecutive points to assume an 18-17 lead on a three-point play by Sam Lynam with 9:16 left in the half.
A basket inside by Ericka Morrison capped a 7-2 spurt by Misericordia and gave her team a 24-20 lead with 5:22 left in the first stanza. But, the Cougars would fail to score again in the period and Wilkes was able to rattle off seven points in a row to head into halftime with a 27-24 lead.
Ashley Makarczyk began the run with a three-pointer that cut the lead to 24-23. Nicole Quick’s two charity tosses with 1:56 left in the half put Wilkes ahead 25-24. Quick would then convert a lay-up with 1:21 showing on the clock to provide the Lady Colonels with the three-point lead at halftime.
Wilkes enjoyed their biggest lead just 1:11 into the second half when Khadija Bates scored inside to give the Lady Colonels a 29-24 edge. Misericordia responded with five straight points by Lacey DeGraw to pull even at 29-29 with 18:14 left.
The Lady Colonels would not lead again in the contest, although they remained close until a 15-2 run by Misericordia put the game away.
Morrison cashed in a field goal with 7:19 left to start the run and give the Cougars a 46-40 lead. After a free throw by DeGraw, Vanessa Wright scored on a drive to up the lead to 49-40 with 6:19 left to play.
Chelsey Gosse cut the deficit to seven points for Wilkes by making two free throws at the 4:49 mark to make it 49-42. Wright once again scored off a drive and Hughes connected on one-of-two from the charity stripe to push the lead into double-figures, 52-42, with 3:43 remaining.
DeGraw continued the run by scoring on consecutive trips down the floor to improve the Cougars lead to 56-42. Two free throws by Hughes at the 2:12 mark capped the run and made it 58-42.
DeGraw had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Hughes added 17 points and seven boards for Misericordia. Morrison, who scored the 1,000th point of her career with her first field goal of the night, contributed 14 points, 11 rebounds and six steals.
Mackensey O’Hara had 10 points and 10 rebounds and Lynam popped in 10 points for Wilkes. Gosse, who had four points and three assists, snagged 12 rebounds to lead the Lady Colonels in that category.
(12/4) Elmira 63 Wilkes 45
Elmira College placed 13 players in the scoring column on their way to a 63-45 non-conference women’s basketball win over Wilkes University on Tuesday night. The victory improved the Soaring Eagles to 3-3 overall, while the Lady Colonels fell to 0-7.
Elmira got out to a 7-0 lead in the opening 3:08 thanks to five points from Bridget Catanese. After Wilkes trimmed the lead to 7-4 on a three-pointer by Ashley Makarczyk and a free throw by Chelsey Gosse, the Soaring Eagles went on another 7-0 spurt to jump on top 14-4.
Alexia Strzalka started the spurt with a charity toss and Tesia Kaczynski knocked down a three-pointer to up the Elmira lead to 11-4. After Erin Rupell converted one-of-two free throws, Strzalka scored inside to give the Soaring Eagles a 10-point lead with 10:41 left in the first stanza.
Jessica Plisko and Makarczyk would each nail a three-pointer as part of a 6-2 Wilkes run that cut the lead to 16-10 with 9:20 showing on the clock.
The lead was seven, 20-13, later in the half before Elmira went on an 11-3 run to take their biggest lead of the half. Mary Symonds and Becca Fretz cashed in field goals to extend the gap to 24-13. Sam Lynam would counter for Wilkes with two free throws to make it 24-15 with 5:35 left in the stanza.
Chelsey Kent would then take over for the Soaring Eagles. She hit a jumper to make it 26-15. Then, after a free throw by Lynam, Kent canned another field goal and hit three-of-four free throws to push the Soaring Eagles lead to 31-16 with 30 ticks left in the half. Jessica Plisko would hit a shot with 19 seconds left for Wilkes to make it 31-18 at intermission.
Elmira led by twelve points, 33-21, before ending end any hopes for a comeback by out-scoring the Lady Colonels 15-2 early in the second half to take their biggest lead of the contest, 48-23, with 12:24 left.
Alysha Giarra connected on a field goal and Fretz hit two free throws and a jumper to give the Soaring Eagles a 39-21 lead. After a three-pointer by Giarra, Symonds hit a jumper to push the lead to 44-21.
Mackensey O’Hara scored inside for Wilkes to put a temporary halt to the spurt and make it 44-23. But, Symonds converted another shot and Giarra scored on a drive to give Elmira the 25-point lead.
Fretz, Symonds and Kent were the leading scorers for Elmira with eight points apiece. Giarra, who had nine rebounds and four assists, and Becky Peterman finished with seven points each.
Plisko and Lynam shared game-high honors with 10 points apiece for Wilkes. The Lady Colonels also received eight points and five assists from Makarczyk, and six points and nine rebounds from Gosse.
(12/1) Lebanon Valley 69 Wilkes 60
Unbeaten Lebanon Valley College held off a challenge from Wilkes University to earn a 69-60 non-conference women’s basketball win on Saturday afternoon. The victory improved the Flying Dutchwomen to 7-0, while the Lady Colonels saw their record slide to 0-6 overall.
Lebanon Valley scored the first six points of the game to jump on top early. However, Wilkes responded with a 12-4 spurt of their own to assume a 12-10 advantage on a three-point field goal from Chelsey Gosse with 13:33 left in the half.
The Flying Dutchwomen answered right back with eight unanswered points, including a three–point play by Andrea Hoover that gave them an 18-12 edge with 12:07 left before halftime.
Trailing 22-15 later in the half, Wilkes embarked on a 9-0 run to forge back in front. Gosse keyed the spurt by scoring six points, including a field goal with 6:09 showing on the clock that provided her team with a 24-22 lead.
The lead was short lived thanks to six consecutive points by Lebanon Valley. The final basket came with 3:40 left on a lay up by Shelly Lobach to put the Flying Dutchmen back on top 28-24.
Lebanon Valley would lead 36-32 at halftime, but Wilkes responded following the break by out-scoring the Flying Dutchwomen 10-5 to regain the lead. The final basket was a three-pointer by Ashley Makarczyk that put the Lady Colonels in front 42-41 with 15:38 to play in the contest.
Lori Lidlow would provide the spark that Lebanon Valley needed to take command for good. Lidlow scored 11 points during a decisive 13-2 run by the Flying Dutchwomen that gave them a double-figure lead for the first time in the game, 54-44, with 11:26 left.
Lynam would counter with a traditional three-point play for Wilkes to trim the lead to 54-47. However, field goals by Noyes, Jenna Gambino and Mandy Bennett upped the Lebanon Valley advantage to 60-47 with 6:56 left and put the game away.
Lidlow led Lebanon Valley with 16 points. Noyes was the only other player for the Flying Dutchwomen to reach twin digits. She had 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Wilkes received 21 points apiece from Gosse and Lynam. Gosse also grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds for the Lady Colonels.
(11/28) Widener 69 Wilkes 48
Widener used an 18-4 run midway through the first half to break open a close game on their way to a 69-48 non-conference women’s basketball victory over Wilkes University on Wednesday night. The Pride improved to 2-2 with the win, while the Lady Colonels remained winless in five starts.
A field goal by Wilkes’ Mackensey O’Hara with 11:39 left in the opening half pulled her team within 14-9. Widener then began their game-changing spurt when Emily Brill hit a jumper, Rayne Reber canned a three-pointer and Kylie Walton hit one free throw to extend the lead to 20-9.
O’Hara would score inside for the Lady Colonels to cut the lead to 20-11. But, Megan Sipple converted a traditional three-point play and Beth Dessart Mager knocked down a shot to give the Pride a 25-11 advantage with 5:59 to go in the stanza.
Wilkes pulled to within 25-13 on another O’Hara field goal, but a three-pointer by Barbara Fleming ignited a 7-0 run for the Pride that pushed the lead to 32-13 with 3:04 left before intermission.
Widener held a 35-16 lead at halftime and quickly upped the lead to 50-19 by going on a 15-3 spurt to begin the second half. Dessart Mager had seven points during the run, while Fleming and Becky Tyler chipped in with four points each. Wilkes was unable to get any closer than 21 points the rest of the way.
Dessart Mager led 12 Widener players who found the scoring column with 16 tallies. Fleming was also in double-figures with 14 points.
Sam Lynam had a game-high 18 points to lead three Wilkes players in twin digits. O’Hara knocked down 15 points and snagged eight rebounds. Chelsey Gosse added 10 points and eight rebounds.
(11/26) Neumann 69 Wilkes 59
Neumann College spoiled the home debut of the Wilkes University women’s basketball team with a 69-59 win over the Lady Colonels on Monday night in the Marts Center. The win improved the Knights to 2-1 overall, while Wilkes dropped their fourth straight game to open the campaign.
Neumann put together an early 11-2 run to take a lead they would never relinquish. Behind seven points from Brittany Whetts, the Knights broke out of a 2-2 tie to take a 13-4 lead with 13:42 left in the opening half.
Wilkes would respond with six straight tallies, four of those by Sam Lynam, to cut the deficit to 13-10 at the 12:31 mark. But, the Lady Colonels were unable to chip away any further at the lead before the Knights embarked on another spurt.
Holding a 15-12 lead Neumann went on a 13-4 run to take a double-figure lead for the first time. Whett cashed in a lay-up and Caitlin Agnew converted a traditional three-point play to up the advantage to 20-12. A pair of charity tosses by Tara DiPhillipo off-set a field goal by Wilkes’ Mackensey O’Hara to make it 22-14. After Lynam scored for the Lady Colonels to make it a six-point game, Katie Young knocked down a shot and Agnew tossed in consecutive field goals to stretch the Knights lead to 28-16 with 6:20 left before intermission.
Neumann led 35-24 at halftime, but Katie Cappelloni’s two free throws 1:37 into the stanza pulled Wilkes within single digits, 35-26. The visitors responded by out-scoring the Lady Colonels 24-7 over the next 6:09 to take their biggest lead of the game, 59-33, with 12:14 left. Whett, DePhillipo and Nicole Feby scored six points each during the outburst for the Knights.
Wilkes answered right back by tallying 11 straight points to cut the lead to 59-44 with 5:20 left. Cappeloni tossed in five points during the run, while O’Hara, Chelsey Gosse and Jessica Plisko had two points apiece.
The Lady Colonels still trailed by 15 points, 63-48 with 3:45 left before rattling off seven points in a row to get within single figures. Nicole Quick tossed in three-of-four free throws and Cappelloni hit one-of-two from the line to make it 63-52 with 1:55 remaining. Cappelloni would then score on a drive to get Wilkes within 63-54 with 1:08 left. After a Neumann turnover Quick was fouled and sank one-of-two shots from the stripe to pull her team within 63-55 with 56 ticks left.
The Knights were able to stave off the late rally thanks to some clutch free throw shooting by Ashley Pearsall. Pearsall scored the final six points for Neumann by making six-of-seven charity tosses.
Whetts led the way for Neumann with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Agnew and Stephanie Fanto chipped in with 11 points each for the Knights.
Cappelloni paced the Wilkes attack with 15 points and four assists. Gosse ended the night with 13 points and nine rebounds. Lynam was next on the list for the Lady Colonels with 10 points and six boards.
(11/20) Marywood 67 Wilkes 65
Marywood University remained unbeaten in women’s basketball play with a 67-65 victory over visiting Wilkes University on Tuesday night. The win improves the Pacers to 3-0 overall, while the Lady Colonels saw their record fall to 0-3.
The game was a see-saw battle through out and the two teams were tied at 62-62 with 1:25 remaining following a basket by Wilkes’ Nicole Quick.
Caity Hadzimichalis put Marywood on top for good with a field goal off an assist from Bryanne Unger with 1:01 left in the game that made it 64-62. After the Lady Colonels were unable to score on their next possession, they were forced to foul Stephanie Fusaro with 33 ticks left. Fusaro stepped to the line and nailed both charity tosses to up the Marywood lead to 66-62.
Wilkes would continue to work hard and trimmed the gap to just one point, 66-65, on a three-pointer by Katie Cappelloni with four second left. The Lady Colonels fouled Marilee Sobrinski with 2.8 seconds left, and she hit the second of two free throws to give Marywood a 67-65 lead. The Lady Colonels were unable to get a final shot off.
Wilkes used an 11-0 run to take a double-figure lead in the opening stanza. Holding a 15-13 advantage, the Lady Colonels went to junior Chelsey Gosse, who scored nine consecutive tallies to give her team a 24-13 lead. Quick would add a pair of charity toss that provided Wilkes with their biggest lead of the game, 26-13 with 6:02 remaining in the half.
Marywood stormed back by out-scoring the Lady Colonels 20-4 to close out the initial stanza. Hadzimichalis and Fusaro had six points apiece during the run that resulted in a 33-30 Pacers lead at halftime. Marywood would extend their three-point lead to ten by scoring the first seven points of the second half. Hadzimichalis and Fusaro both converted field goals before a three-pointer by Unger pushed the margin to 40-30 at the 18:38 mark.
Trailing 57-49 with 8:47 left Wilkes made a run of their own to get back in the game. Mackensey O’Hara hit a shot from down low and Quick scored on a drive to cut the lead in half, 57-53 with 6:40 remaining. A basket inside by Gosse and another O’Hara field goal knotted the contest at 57-57 with 4:56 left. The game would stay close the rest of the way.
Hadzimichalis led four Pacers in double-figures with 17 points. Fusaro contributed 15 points and three steals. Unger and Lizzy Green both cashed in 12 points.
Cappelloni had a solid outing for Wilkes and finished with 16 points, six rebounds and three assists. Gosse contributed 15 points and six rebounds, while Quick popped in 13 points and had four boards. Jessica Plisko was the game’s top rebounder with 10 for the Lady Colonels.
(11/17) Rhode Island College 81 Wilkes 55
Rhode Island College used a 13-0 run early in the second half to blow open a close game on their way to an 81-55 women’s basketball win over Wilkes University in the consolation game of the season-opening Endicott Tip-Off Tournament.
The Lady Colonels hung tough in the opening 20 minutes and held a 17-16 lead with 5:49 left in the initial stanza following a three-pointer by Katie Cappelloni. RIC answered 10-0 run to take a lead they would never relinquish. Sarah Coughlin and Jill Bixby both scored five points to key the run that resulted in a 26-17 RIC lead with 3:58 to play in the period. The Anchorwomen will eventually take a 33-25 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The two teams traded field goals to begin the second half, however that is when RIC would embark on their decisive 13-0 spurt to take command for good. Tyla Martin’s jumper gave the Anchorwomen a 37-27 lead. After Alice Mullen scored inside, Martin knocked down a three-pointer to extend the advantage to 42-27. A jumper by Mullen and consecutive field goals by Jennifer Knott pushed the lead to 48-27 with 15:33 left in the game.
Wilkes would get within 14 points on several occasions, including 65-51 on a basket by Chelsey Gosse with 6:16 left. But, the Anchorwomen would out-score the Lady Colonels 16-4 down the stretch to pull away.
RIC had six players in double-figures, including Knott, who had 19 points and six rebounds. Martin added 13 points and Mullen had 12. Coughlin, who handed out 10 assists, Bixby and Michelle McNamee finished with 10 points apiece.
Cappelloni had 15 points and five rebounds for Wilkes. Lynam added 11 points and five boards, while Gosse chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds.
(11/16) Endicott 84 Wilkes 34
Endicott College put together an early 17-2 run and never looked back in scoring an 84-34 women’s basketball win over Wilkes University in the opening round of the Endicott Tip-Off Invitational on Friday night.