SWARTHMORE, PA - Senior forward Jo Gomes (Boston, MA) pulled down a career-high five rebounds for the Wheelock College women's basketball team in a 62-23 loss to Middlebury College this afternoon in the consolation game of the Swarthmore Tip-Off Tournament hosted by Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA. The Wildcats fall to 0-3 on the season, while the Panthers improve to 1-1.
Gomes added an assist and a steal to her day and junior forward Keneisha Milton (Boston, MA) returned, after missing yesterday's game with an injury, to contribute with eight points, seven boards and three steals for Wheelock. Senior forward Kayla Drescher (Wallingford, CT) chipped in with five points, three rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot.
Middlebury took an early 8-0 lead in the first three minutes of the contest, before junior guard Kailah Simon (Norwalk, CT) knocked down a jump shot for Wheelock at 16:14 of the first half to make it 8-2. The Panthers later extended their lead to 27-4, following a 16-0 run, with 7:29 to play in the half, before Simon made good on a layup for the Wildcats at 6:51. Middlebury stayed in control and owned a 36-7 halftime advantage.
The Panthers later held a 42-7 lead at the 18:34 mark of the second half, but Milton finished on a fast break layup at 17:46 to begin a 10-9 stretch for Wheelock, which was paced by six points from Milton, to make it 51-17 with 10:54 remaining in the game.
Middlebury later maintained a 58-17 margin with 8:10 showing in the second stanza, before the Wildcats closed out the contest by scoring six of the final 10 points, including field goals from Drescher, Milton and junior guard Sarah McCaffrey (East Taunton, MA).
Senior forward Stephany Surrette (Worcester, MA) led the Panthers with 12 points on 5-8 from the floor to go with four rebounds and two assists in 19 minutes, while freshman forward Rachel Crews (South Burlington, VT) added 11 points on 4-5 from the field, one rebound and one assist in 17 minutes off the bench. Sophomore guard Sarah Marcus (Williamsville, NY) also reached double digits with 10 points in addition to grabbing a rebound and coming up with three steals.
Wheelock will be in action again after the Thanksgiving break when it opens the home slate on Thursday, December 1 vs. University of Massachusetts Boston at 7:00 p.m. at the Pine Manor College Gymnasium in Chestnut Hill, MA. Middlebury will play again on November 29 when it hosts Castleton State College at 7:00 p.m.