CHESTNUT HILL, MA - Senior forward Kayla Drescher (Wallingford, CT) blocked four shots on the night and in the process broke Wheelock College women's basketball's career block record in a 66-39 loss to visiting Elms College tonight in an New England Collegiate Conference contest on Brunelli Court on the campus of Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. The Wildcats fall to 0-13 overall, including 0-7 in league play, while the Blazers improve to 9-5 and 6-1.
Drescher registered her second block of the evening at the 19:31 mark of the second half to pass Sarah Brown's (2006-10) former Wheelock record of 61 and finished the night with 64 for the new career standard. Drescher also posted her first double-double of the year with 10 points and 11 rebounds in addition to a pair of steals. Junior forward Keneisha Milton (Boston, MA) netted a game-high 15 points in addition to grabbing seven rebounds, handing out an assist and coming up with three steals. Junior guard Sarah McCaffrey (East Taunton, MA) chipped in with nine points, two rebounds, a steal and an assist.
The Wildcats enjoyed a strong second half, outscoring the Blazers, 24-23, while holding the visitors to a 24.3% (9-37) shooting mark in the period. Their surge began late in the first half when Elms maintained a 37-4 margin for its largest lead of the contest at 4:48, before the Wildcats closed out the half on an 11-6 burst, paced by six points from Milton to cut the deficit to 43-15 at the intermission.
Wheelock's momentum extended into the second half as it scored the first six points as part of a 14-5 run over the opening six minutes of the second stanza to pull to within 48-29. Drescher broke the record during the stretch. That would be as close as the Wildcats would get for the remainder of the game as the Blazers responded with 12 straight points, fueled by six points from junior guard Jen Normandie (Westford, MA), to increase their lead to 60-29 and later maintained a 62-31cushion with eight minutes left in the contest. Wheelock scored eight of the next nine points to close to within 63-39 with just over a minute to remaining before sophomore guard Jennifer Belanger (Chicopee, MA) capped the scoring for Elms with a three-pointer coming with 11 ticks left on the clock.
Elms scored the first 15 points of the game in the initial seven and a half minutes, led by six points from freshman forward Denisha Parks (Fall River, MA), before Drescher converted a layup for Wheelock at the 12:07 mark to put the home team on the board. The Blazers reeled off 15 more points in a row to take a 30-2 advantage with 7:01 to play in the opening half.
Parks posted a double-double of 14 points and 17 rebounds to lead Elms and was was 6-12 from the floor in addition to four steals and an assist, while Normandie finished the night with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists and a game-high five steals. Freshman guard Gianna Youngblood (East Freetown, MA) registered a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds to go with a steal.
The Wildcats will be in action again on Thursday, January 19 when they host NECC foe Becker College at 7:30 p.m. on Brunelli Court, while the Blazers return to action on the same night with a 7:00 p.m. tip-off vs. visiting Bay Path College.