CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Pine Manor College women’s basketball sophomore Ari DeJesus (Providence, R.I.) scored a game-high 28 points, on 12 of 14 shooting, as the Gators defeated visiting Wheelock College 93-62 on Thursday night at Brunelli Court. With the win, Pine Manor improves to 4-0 on the young season while Wheelock slips to 1-2.
DeJesus finished as one of three Gators in double-figures, as freshman Jayva Johnson (West Haven, Conn.) and classmate Maria Vaughan each scored 16 and 14 points respectively. Vaughan also collected a game-high 7 assists in the contest.
For Wheelock, freshman Michelle Woods (Wilimington, Mass.) finished with a team-high 23 points and a game-high 17 rebounds to go along with an assist, two steals and a pair of blocks. Woods was joined in double-figures by Katie Alsip (Quincy, Mass.), 11 points, and Shannon Garvey (Clarksburg, Mass.) who finished with 10 points. Alsip also collected seven rebounds and a pair of assists in the game.
Despite taking a 48-28 advantage into the half, PMC was locked in a tight contest with the Wildcats for much of the first half. With Pine Manor leading 11-9 at the 14:38 mark, Wheelock went on a 9-0 run to take an 18-11 advantage following and and-one play by freshman Jamie Grzych (Columbioa, Conn.) with 11:56 remaining in the first.
Following a Pine Manor timeout, the Gators responded with a 12-0 run of their own, taking a 23-18 lead at 7:17 of the first, following a jumper by sophomore Alexis Lee (Akron, Ohio). Wheelock would end the run thanks to a layup from Garvey but from that point forward the Pine Manor lead continued to grow as the Gators would outscore Wheelock by a 25-8 margin for the remainder of the half.
In the second half, PMC would continue to increase its lead, eventually taking a 41-point advantage with 5:05 to play in the contest. In all, eleven different Pine Manor players scored in the game as the Gators shot just under fifty percent from the field, finishing at 49.4% in the contest.
Wheelock will be back in action on Saturday when they take on neighboring Simmons College at 1:00 PM. The Gators will close out their three-game home stand this Saturday when they host the University of Maine at Fort Kent, also at 1:00 PM.
Thu, November 21, 2013
by Miles Roberts