NORTON, Mass. – Pine Manor outscored Wheaton in the second half 64-60, but the late surge wasn't enough to overcome a record-setting, 37-point performance from Abbie Brickley (Sandy, Utah) as the Lyons handed the Gators the 104-96 defeat on Wednesday evening.
The loss stops Pine Manor's winning streak at five and moves the Gators to 10-7. Wheaton improves to 14-6.
Junior Alexis Lee (Akron, Ohio) paced the Gators with 33 points including eight three-pointers. Freshman Erica Jones (Atlanta, Ga.) added 27 points, 25 of which came during the Gators' second half comeback attempt. Sophomore Maria Vaughan (Okinawa, Japan) was the Gators' best distributer as she handed out nine assists.
Brickley led all scorers with 37 points setting a new Wheaton single-game high in the process. She was also a force on the boards grabbing 10 rebounds to complete her double-double. Her classmate Kirsten Ferrari (Lynn, Mass.) contributed 22 points of her own, including six baskets from downtown. Senior Laura Pierce (Hampstead, N.H.) had a game-high 13 assists and freshman Oppie Morris (Ware, Mass.) had a game-high 11 rebounds off the bench.
Wheaton opened up the game with a 15-3 run over the first five minutes. During the rally, Fararri hit three of her six triples.
The Lyons led 18-5 when Pine Manor started to work its way back into the game. Lee, the latest Gator to join the school's 1000-point club, hit three-pointers on three straight possessions to get the guests back within single-digits at 21-14.
The hosts opened the lead back up to as much as 15 and went into the break leading 44-32.
In the second half, Pine Manor really started to heat up as it shot 22-for-33 (66.7 percent) from the field including a 70 percent clip from downtown. Jones led the way converting nine of her 13 field goal attempts and going 7-for-9 from the line.
After slowly chipping away at the lead, the Gators finally made it a two-possession game with under seven minutes remaining in the half as Lee hit a three-pointer to get the Gators within six at 82-76.
The guests would close the gap to four two minutes later when Khiyana Isaac (Roxbury, Mass.) made a layup at the 4:47 mark, but once again the hosts were ready to answer. Junior guard Rebecca Arnone (Litchfield, N.H.) hit a three-pointer to reestablish a seven-point lead on the next possession.
Pine Manor would get within four once more with 42 seconds left in the half, but the Lyons went 7-for-8 from the free throw line down the stretch to ice the game.
The Gators return home tomorrow night when they play Fisher at Brunelli Court at 7 p.m.
Wheaton returns to NEWMAC play in its next game which will be a trip to Mount Holyoke at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
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