BOSTON, Mass. Saturday evening at Winsor Court, the Wheelock women's basketball team suffered a 44-42 last minute loss to Mitchell College.
How it happened: The Wheelock Wildcats found themselves in a back-and-forth game early on with the Mitchell Mainers. Each team put up a marvelous defensive fight, keeping the score low. A strong three point percentage, including two by Holly O'Sullivan (Quincy, Mass.) kept the Wildcats in the game. The Mainers went on the defensive attack with 8 big rebounds by Kate McCormack (South Kingstown, R.I.) to head into the half leading 22-20.
Mariner's Ashely Beauford (Newington, Conn.) started the half with a quick layup before O'Sullivan notched a gorgeous three pointer over defender Haley Garcia (South Windsor, Conn.), to pull the Wildcats within 1 point, 24-23. A pair of Katie Walsh (East Islip, N.Y.) free throws gave Wheelock the quick lead. Both Wheelock and Mitchell traded baskets and headed into the final quarter with only a point differential.
Gaby Haywood's (East Longmeadow, Mass.) hit a soft jumper seconds into the 4th quarter, to give Wheelock the 33-32 lead. Holly O'Sullivan hit another three to give the Wildcats their biggest lead of the night, 38-32 with 8 minutes remaining. The Mainers were able to capitalize off of Wheelock fouls and hit 6 straight free throws to pull within 1 point. With 20 seconds remaining, O'Sullivan hit yet another three, this time over two defenders, to make it a 43-42 Mitchell advantage. Marissa Sweeny (Hudson, N.H.) was sent to the line and hit what would prove to be the game winning free throw. The Mariners would go on to close out the game and seal the 44-42 victory.
Who stood out: Katie Walsh recorded another double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Holly O'Sullivan notched 15 points (going 5-10 from three point range) and 3 rebounds. Michell's sophomore guard Haley Garcia scored 14 points on the day and senior guard Ashely Beauford recorded 9 points and 6 rebounds.
What it means: With the loss, the Wildcats fall to 5-12 (4-8 NECC) while the Mainers improve to 10-11 (8-3 NECC).
Up Next: The Wildcats are back in action on Wednesday, February 7th when they travel to Lesley University (8:00 p.m. tipoff). Also, the Mariners host Elms College on Wednesday, February 7th (5:30 p.m. tipoff).