HOLYOKE, MA - Senior forward Kayla Drescher (Wallingford, CT) scored a career-high 21 points to lead the Wheelock College women's basketball team over host Bay Path College, 71-63, in a New England Collegiate Conference contest tonight at the Brantley Center on the campus of Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, MA. The Wildcats win their school-record third straight game to imrpove to 3-15 overall and 3-9 in NECC play, while Bay Path falls to 4-12 and 4-8.
Wheelock owned a comfortable 55-32 advantage with 11:05 left in the game, before Bay Path put together a 28-9 stretch over the next nine and a half minutes to pull to within 64-60 with 1:28 showing on the second half clock. Freshman Brittney Alexander (Enfield, CT) scored 11 points to lead Bay Path during the run. The Wildcats were able to stave off the Bay Path comeback, scoring seven of the game's final 10 points to secure the victory.
Bay Path held an early 14-13 edge with 8:21 left in the first half, before Wheelock took control with an 18-10 burst, paced by 10 points from sophomore guard Jessica Ramsey (Milford, MA), to give it a 32-23 advantage with 1:58 to play in the opening period. The Wildcats took a 34-26 cushion into halftime.
The lead remained at eight points following a jumper from Bay Path sophomore forward Kayla Skiffington (East Longmeadow, MA) to make the score 36-28, but Wheelock went on a 19-4 blistering run to take a 55-32 lead for its largest advantage of the evening.
Drescher added eight rebounds to her point total for the Wildcats, while handing out three assists and making a pair of steals. Junior forward Keneisha Milton (Boston, MA) posted a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds in addition to three steals and Ramsey finished with 15 points, one rebound, one assist and one steal in 23 minutes of action off the bench. Senior guard Maya Spratling (Dorchester, MA) also contributed with 10 points, eight rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot. Junior guard Kailah Simon (Norwalk, CT) ripped down a career-best 12 rebounds, netted four points, dished out seven assists and came up with three steals.
Alexander ended the night with 21 points to lead Bay Path and added four rebounds, four assists and four steals, while junior Nicole Delano (Enfield, CT) registered a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds in addition to a pair of assists, a steal and a game-high five blocks. Skiffington chipped in with 10 points, seven boards, three steals and an assist.
Wheelock will be in action again on Saturday, February 4 when it hosts NECC foe Regis College at Brunelli Court on the campus of Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA at 3:30 p.m., while Bay Path will travel to Leicester, MA to take on Becker College on the same day at 1:00 p.m.