SWARTHMORE, PA - Junior guard Sarah McCaffrey (East Taunton, MA) registered a career-high four steals and added four points and three rebounds for the Wheelock College women's basketball team in a 68-12 loss to Stevens Institute of Technology in the first round of the Swarthmore Tip-Off Tournament on the campus of host Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA. The Wildcats fall to 0-2 on the season, while the Ducks improve to 1-1.
Sophomore guard Jessica Ramsey (Milford, MA) drew her first career start and responded with three points on a thee-point field goal, while grabbing three boards, making two steals and blocking a shot for Wheelock.
Stevens scored the first 11 points of the contest, before McCaffrey hit a jump shot at the 7:55 mark of the first half for the Wildcats. The Ducks responded with a 17-0 run, paced by 10 points from sophomore forward Avis Benjamin (Queens, NY), to take a 28-2 advantage with 1:17 left in the first half. McCaffrey converted a layup with 57 ticks showing on the first half clock for Wheelock, before Stevens took a 30-4 lead into the intermission.
The Ducks opened the second stanza with the first 18 points of the half, but the Wildcats netted four of the next six points, fueled by a three-pointer from junior guard Kailah Simon (Norwalk, CT) at the 9:31 mark to cut the deficit to 50-8. Freshman guard Meridan Ritchie (Boxford, MA) later scored her first collegiate point for Wheelock, making one of two free throws to make it 59-12 with 2:46 remaining in the contest.
Benjamin finished with 16 points on 8-11 from the floor to go with seven rebounds, a steal and an assist in 23 minutes for Stevens, while senior forward Victoria Webber (Silver Spring, MD) netted 16 points as well in addition to grabbing five rebounds, handing out four assists and making four steals in 20 minutes.
The Wildcats will be in action again tomorrow in the 1:00 p.m. consolation game, taking on Middlebury College, who was defeated by host Swarthmore, 64-50. The Ducks will play Swarthmore for the tournament championship at 3:00 p.m.