Logan's Career Night Puts Women's Basketball Back in NEWMAC Playoff Chase

Theresa Logan

Worcester, MA --- Theresa Logan (Southboro, MA) erupted for a career-best of 26 points and 7 steals to help host WPI climb back in the NEWMAC playoff hunt with a 57-47 triumph over Wheaton in a NEWMAC women's basketball matchup on Wednesday evening.  

The victory secured the season sweep for WPI (6-14, 4-9 NEWMAC) over Wheaton (8-12, 6-7) for the second straight season and moves the Crimson and Gray to two games behind the Lyons for the sixth and final spot in the NEWMAC Tournament with five games left to play. 

A layup by Abbie Brickley (Sandy, UT) and a 3-pointer by Melissa McLaughlin (Spindale, NC) put the guests up 5-0 just a minute into the contest however WPI came storming back to tie the game at 8-8 behind six points from Logan and a long jumper by Lauren Hannmann (East Greenbush, NY).  Hannmann's jumper with a 8:32 left before the break gave the hosts the lead for good at 14-13.   

After holding just a 25-23 advantage at intermission, WPI rattled off 18 of the first 24 points, including 10 by Logan, to jump out to a 45-29 edge with 12:21 remaining. The lead would remain in double figures until 1:20 left in the contest.

Logan flirted with a triple-double by hauling in nine rebounds.  Her 26 points eclipsed her old career-mark of 22 points set twice (in a ECAC Tournament last year versus Norwich and at MIT earlier this season) and she had already doubleed her career-high in steals with her six first half swipes.

Hannmann added to the WPI attack with 12 points while Cindy Chelius (Northfield, NJ) stuffed the stat sheets with nine points, four rebounds, a pair of assists and two steals.  Senior point guard Baillie McNally (Mapleville, RI) led all players by doling out five assists on the day and Dani Davis (East Granby, CT) added seven rebounds, five points, three assists and three blocks.

Brickley had an outstanding game in the post for the Lyons.  The freshman notched 11 points and 13 rebounds, including eight off the offensive glass, en route to posting her second career-double-double.  Nicole Cullinane (Rindge, NH) chipped in with eight points while Gabbie DePalo (Rumson, NJ) contributed seven points and eight rebounds. 

Both squads are back in action on Saturday with NEWMAC contests.  WPI ventures to Springfield to face the Pride at noon while Wheaton hosts nationally-ranked Babson at 2pm.