CHESTNUT HILL, MA - Junior forward Keneisha Milton (Boston, MA) ripped down a school-record 24 rebounds for the Wheelock College women's basketball team in a tough 45-43 loss to Bay Path College this afternoon in a New England Collegiate Conference contest at Brunelli Court in Chestnut Hill, MA. Wheelock falls to 0-8 overall and 0-2 in NECC play, while Bay Path improves to 1-4 and 1-0.
Milton was one of three Wheelock players to record double-digit rebounding numbers as part of a team school-record 66 rebounds for the game and added 13 points, four assists, four steals and a blocked shot. Sophomore guard Jessica Ramsey (Milford, MA) finished with 11 points, two rebounds and an assist off the bench. Senior forward Kayla Drescher (Wallingford, CT) was also big on the boards with a career-best 16 rebounds and scored eight points, matched her school record with five blocks, came up with a pair of steals and handed out an assist, while senior center Jo Gomes (Boston, MA) grabbed a career-high 12 boards and added three points, an assist and a steal.
Gomes made the back end of two free throws to give the home team a 43-42 edge with five seconds left in the contest, before Bay Path inbounded the ball from under their own basket and Orr dribbled the ball to midcourt where she launched a half court shot and was fouled in the act of shooting with 1.5 seconds to go in the game, resulting in three free throws.
Bay Path owned a 30-23 advantage with 17:45 to play in the second stanza, before Wheelock went on a 9-1 burst, paced by six points from Milton, to take a 32-31 edge with 13:16 showing in the second half. The teams traded the lead four times over the next eight minutes before Wheelock settled in with a 38-35 margin, following a jumper from Ramsey at the 5:21 mark of the second session. Wheelock later owned a 39-37 lead with 3:54 to go, but Bay Path scored five unanswered points, including a three-pointer from sophomore guard Mercedes Griffith (Malden, MA), to take a 42-39 lead with 1:52 to play in the game. Wheelock responded with a layup from Drescher and a single free throw from Gomes to knot the score at 42-42 with 32 ticks left on the clock.
The teams played within four points of each other for the first 14 minutes of the contest and Wheelock owned a 14-13 edge with 6:31 to play in the opening half, but Bay Path scored the next five points to take an 18-14 margin with 5:39 showing in the first half. Ramsey canned a three-pointer to pull Wheelock to within a point, but the visitors closed out the half with an 11-4 stretch, paced by seven of sophomore guard Justine Hook's (Berwick, PA) game-high 21 points, to take a 29-21 halftime advantage.
Orr finished with six points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists and a blocked shot for Bay Path, while Hook was good on five of eight three-point tries in addition to pulling down 12 rebounds for a double-double and adding two assists and a steal. Junior guard Brittney Alexander (Enfield, CT) chipped in with nine points, six boards, a game-high seven steals and two assists.
Wheelock will be in action against after the break when it travels to Newton, MA on January 5 to take on Newbury College at 5:00 p.m., while Bay Path returns to the court to host Elms College on January 7 at 1:00 p.m.