Women's Basketball Storms Back to Defeat Wheaton for First NEWMAC Victory

Lauren Hannmann

Norton, MA --- Lauren Hannmann (East Greenbush, NY) led all players with 20 points and the WPI defense limited Wheaton to just five second half field goals as the Engineers rallied from a 12-point deficit to defeat host Wheaton 47-36 in a NEWMAC women's basketball match-up on Tuesday evening. 

With the victory, WPI has now won fourth straight over the Lyons and improves to 3-5 on the season and 1-2 in conference play.  Wheaton is now 2-5 overall and 1-2 in NEWMAC action. 

In the second half, Gabbie DePalo (Rumson, NJ) converted a layup to open the scoring and expand Wheaton's 24-14 halftime lead to 12 points. The Engineers answered with a 14-2 run to tie the game at 28 with nine minutes remaining, led by five points from Hannmann and four from junior Theresa Logan (Southboro, MA).

Less than a minute later, Hannmann knocked down a three to give WPI its first lead of the evening. Two buckets from both Hannmann and sophomore Kelly Morgan (Brookline, NH) pushed the lead to 11 (41-30) with 3:51 to go, and Wheaton was not able to get closer than eight the rest of the way. 

Logan finished with nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds while Morgan had six points and a pair of assists as WPI made 50 percent of its shots (11-of-22) in the half.  Hannmann grabbed nine boards and Baillie McNally (Mapleville, RI) and Cindy Chelius (Northfield, NJ) combined to swipe for steals.

DePalo scored 14 points and snared nine rebounds to pace the hosts while Abbie Brickley (Sandy, UT) added 12 points and seven rebounds  The Lyons outrebounded the Engineers 40-37 and held a 2-to-1 edge in points in the paint (28 to 14), but shot 15.6 percent in the second stanza (5-of-32).  

Wheaton returns to action Friday evening when it plays at NEWMAC rival Babson at 7pm. WPI hosts Springfield Friday at 7pm.

Release Courtesy Wheaton Sports Information