CHESTNUT HILL, MA – Freshman center Michelle Woods (Wilmington, MA) scored a game-high 15 points and senior guard Jessica Ramsey (Milford, MA) netted all 11 of her points in the second half to lead the Wheelock College women's basketball team to a 52-41 victory over visiting Newbury College this evening in a New England Collegiate Conference contest at Brunelli Court on the campus of Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. The Wildcats improve to 4-16 overall and 3-11 in NECC play, while the Nighthawks fall to 4-15 and 4-9. The win was the first for Wheelock over Newbury since a 57-54 decision on February 12, 2008.
The Wildcats' defense held the Nighthawks to just 22.2% (16-72) shooting from the field, including a suffocating 12.5% (4-32) in the second half.
Freshman guard Janetis Cardona (Southbridge, MA) converted a pair of lay-ups for the first points of the second half to give Newbury a 30-23 lead with 17:03 to play in the half. Wheelock scored 12 of the next 14 points, including a three-pointer at the 11:33 mark from Ramsey to give the Wildcats a 35-32 lead. Wheelock's defense continued to stymie the Nighthawks as the home team held them to just two more points over the next six-plus minutes, while taking a 44-34 lead, at the end of a 21-4 stretch, with 5:25 remaining in the contest. Newbury scored five of the next six points, including four free throws from sophomore guard Katelyn Roeser (Nashua, NH), to close the gap to 45-39 with 4:08 showing on the second half clock. Ramsey quelled the Nighthawks' spark by hitting a trifecta and a free throw to complete a four-point play to give the Wildcats a comfortable 49-39 margin with 3:21 to go in the game. Just five points were scored by both teams combined to close out the period.
Roeser opened the contest with a three-pointer for Newbury, before Wheelock went on an 11-2 run, paced by seven points from Woods, to take an 11-5 lead at the 15:28 mark of the opening period. The Wildcats later maintained a 15-9 cushion with 12:08 left in the half, but a 10-3 spurt over the next four-plus minutes, capped by a jump shot from freshman forward Toni-Marie Migliore (Fall River, MA), gave the Nighthawks a 19-18 edge at 5:44. Newbury held onto the lead, owning a 26-23 margin at the intermission.
Woods also pulled down 14 rebounds to record her eighth double-double of the season for Wheelock in addition to blocking a career-high three shots and handing out three assists. Ramsey added five rebounds and a steal in 22 minutes off the bench and also became just the seventh player in school annals to go over 500 career points, finishing the night with 504. Freshman point guard Jaime Grzych (Columbia, CT) broke the school record for assists in a season with her third of the night at 16:23 of the second half. She finished with four assists to give her 86 to eclipse the former mark of 84 set by Cathryn Fernandes last season. The guard also netted seven points, grabbed 10 boards and came up with three steals. Freshman forward Shannon Garvey (Clarksburg, MA) chipped in with eight points, four rebounds, three blocks, a steal and an assist. Wheelock also broke the season scoring record with 1,212 points.
Roeser led the Nighthawks with 11 points to go with three rebounds, two assists and three steals, while Cardona finished two points shy of a double-double with eight points and 12 rebounds in addition to five steals and an assist. Migliore grabbed a game-best 15 boards and also netted seven points and blocked three shots.
The Wildcats return to the court on Thursday, February 6 when they travel to Lynn, MA to take on Fisher College, while Newbury heads to Weston, MA on February 8 to take on Regis College at 3:30 p.m.