Wesleyan Tops Women's Basketball

January 23, 2010

Wesleyan (7-9, 1-3 NESCAC) battled back from an early 21-14 deficit to visiting Middlebury (9-7, 2-2 NESCAC) and took the lead for good just before halftime, 27-26, en route to a 60-52 NESCAC victory in women's basketball action.

Getting the seventh double-double of the season from its leading scorer and rebounder sophomore Eileen Gaffney, Wesleyan held a single-digit lead throughout the second half and pulled up by as many 10 in the closing moments. Gaffney connected for 17 points and grabbed 12 boards to lead all players in the contest. Two other Cardinals reached double-digits in the scoring department as sophomore Sam LaCroce picked up 11 while junior Erin Gold contributed 10. LaCroce also had nine rebounds to aid the Cardinals' cause. Middlebury got a team-high 13 points from senior Kaitlyn Fallon, who came into the game averaging just six points a game. She made good on six of her nine attempts from the floor in a game where neither team cracked 40 percent shooting. Fallon was one of three Middlebury players to gather six boards, joined by sophomore Stephanie Surrette and junior Lauren Sanchez. Freshman Leah Kepping dished off five assists for Middlebury, as many as any other two players combined in the contest.

The Panthers built their early seven-point lead behind five points each from Kepping and sophomore Maddie Moreau. Wesleyan crept back into the game and took the lead for good when Gaffney sank a pair of free throws with 1:19 left in the opening period, giving Wesleyan a 27-26 lead at the break. With Gaffney and sophomore Ali Newman each hitting for four points in the opening 5:22 of the second half, the Cardinals opened up a 39-33 lead. Middlebury got no closer than four from that point, the last time at 52-48 with 2:53 to go. The Cardinals then scored six straight to extend the margin to a game-high 10 at 58-48 with 1:14 remaining.