Bears Suffer First Loss of Season

NORTON, MASS.--(11/30/11)--Junior Jeana Trimboli scored eight of her team-high 11 points in the second half to propel the Wheaton College women's basketball team to a 58-43 win over previously unbeaten Coast Guard Academy in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener for both teams.

Freshman Abbie Brickley added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Lyons (2-3, 1-0), who ran their win streak against the Bears (4-1, 0-1) to six while improving to 16-7 all-time against their foes from New London.

Freshman Kenzie Kuhn established career-highs in both rebounds (eight) and assists (six) for Wheaton and was a key reason the Lyons outrebounded the Bears 44-29. Wheaton also picked up assists on 14 of its 20 field goals and held the conference's top scoring team (74.2 ppg) to just 31.3 shooting (15-of-48).

The two schools entered the half tied at 20. Junior Gabby Barbera paced the Lyons with five points while Brickley and sophomore Lauren McClelland each scored four points. Freshman Dani Knox led the Bears with seven points on 3-of-4 shooting.

Wheaton opened the second half on a 13-6 run to take a 33-26 lead five minutes in, and stretched the lead to 10 (51-41) following a three by Trimboli with 6:56 to go. A layup by Brickley pushed the lead to 11 (50-39) with 1:58 left in the half, and a pair of free throws by both senior Nicole Cullinane and senior Kristina Paolino sealed the Lyons second win of the season.

McClelland finished with six points and seven boards for the Lyons, who also received eight points and three rebounds from Cullinane and five points and five rebounds from sophomore Melissa McLaughlin.

Coast Guard sophomore Kaitlin Ward – who entered the game second in the NEWMAC in scoring at 18.8 ppg – was held to 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting while recording a game-high four steals. Knox finished with 11 points and three steals while freshman Brittney Zimmerman tallied seven points, five rebounds, and three steals.

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