CHESTNUT HILL, MA - Senior guard Maya Spratling (Dorchester, MA) made the most of Senior Day, scoring a career-high 19 points to lead the Wheelock College women's basketball team in a 75-42 loss to visiting Daniel Webster College in a New England Collegiate Conference contest this afternoon at Brunelli Court on the campus of Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA. The Wildcats fall to 4-18 overall and 4-12 in league play, while the Eagles improve to 16-7 and 12-4.
Spratling was 6-11 from the field and 7-8 from the line to go with eight rebounds, a steal and an assist. Junior forward Keneisha Milton (Boston, MA) broke a pair of school records for the Wildcats, becoming the career leader in rebounds for both men and women and for steals. She posted her team-leading 11th double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 boards in addition to four steals and an assist and junior guard Kailah Simon (Norwalk, CT) contributed with eight points, five rebounds, two steals and an assist.
Daniel Webster never trailed in the game and scored the first seven points of the day, before Simon drove in for a layup at the 17:45 mark of the opening half for the Wildcats. Spratling followed with a layup of her own to pull Wheelock to within 7-4 with 16:45 showing in the half. The Eagles opened up a 15-6 advantage with 12:29 to play in the period, following an 8-2 run paced by six points from senior guard Alycia Gervais (Windham, CT). The Wildcats roared back with a 12-5 burst over the next seven minutes to close to within 20-18 with 5:20 remaining in the half. Milton scored five points during stretch and also grabbed her 747th career rebound at the 10:13 mark during the stretch to pass Sherard Robbins (2007-10) and become Wheelock's all-time rebounding leader among both men and women's players. Daniel Webster regrouped to score 12 of the next 14 points, including five points from freshman guard Allyssa Marson (Augusta, ME), who canned a three-pointer at the 1:54 mark to give the visitors a 32-20 cushion. The Eagles maintained their lead and took a 34-24 margin into the locker room.
Sophomore guard Jennifer Fredericks (Beacon Falls, CT) opened the second half with a three-pointer to give Daniel Webster a 37-24 lead, before the Wildcats netted seven of the next nine points, including six free throws from Milton, to cut the deficit to 39-31 with three minutes gone in the period. It would be as close as Wheelock would get the rest of the way as the Eagles put together a 31-6 stretch over the next 13 minutes, fueled by 10 points from senior guard Sarah Paternostro (Glastonbury, CT) and nine from Marson, to take a 70-37 advantage with 4:14 left in the contest. The teams traded hoops the rest of the way as Daniel Webster came away with the 75-42 win. Milton registered her third steal of the afternoon at the 11:17 mark, for the home team, to break the school record for takeaways of 272, formerly held by Amelia Woodley (2005-09).
Paternostro registered a double-double with 17 points and a game-high 10 assists and added four rebounds and a game-high eight steals to her day for the Eagles, while Gervais netted a team-high 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for a double-double of her own in addition to coming up with six steals and handing out an assist. Marson finished with 16 points, including four trifectas to go with two rebounds, four assists and a steal off the bench.
Wheelock will be in action again on Wednesday, February 15 when it travels to Cambridge, MA to take on NECC foe Lesley University at 8:00 p.m., while Daniel Webster heads to Brookline, MA on February 14 for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off on the campus of Hellenic College to play Newbury College.