Women's Basketball: Marson's 19, Travis's Debut Sparks Eagles Past Wheelock
Nashua – Freshman Allyssa Marson (Augusta, Maine) came off the bench to knock down a game and career-high 19 points adding five rebounds, three assists and two steals in guiding host Daniel Webster past Wheelock, 75-30 in a New England Collegiate Conference women's basketball matchup Thursday night at Mario Vagge Gymnasium.
Senior Kirsten Murphy (Woodstock, Vt.) added 14 points and eight rebounds, senior Alycia Gervais (Windham, Conn.) notched 13 points and tied for a game high nine rebounds and Jennifer Fredericks (Beacon Falls, Conn.) scored 11 points and pulled in seven rebounds as the Eagles pulled back over .500 on the season, moving to 6-5 overall (2-2 NECC).
Senior Emily Travis (Somerset, Mass.) added a solid collegiate debut for Daniel Webster, coming off the bench to rack up nine rebounds, five points, three blocks, two assists and a steal. Senior Ali Chojnacki (Erie, Penn.) added eight points and five boards. Snior Sarah Paternostro (Glastonbury, Conn.) dished out a game high six assists and added five points and three steals.
Kayla Drescher (Wallingford, Conn.) led the Wildcats (0-11, 0-5 NECC) with nine points and nine rebounds, while Jessica Ramsey (Milford, Mass.) added eight points. Kailah Simon (Norwalk, Conn.) chipped in with six and a game high four steals.
Gervais' 13 points also moved her into fifth place on the DWC all-time scoring leader board as her 1,030 points moved her past Jen Krawczyk '99, who finished with 1,020.
The Eagles never trailed and dominated the boards, finishing with a 53-26 rebounding advantage, outscored Wheelock 42-14 in the paint, and shot 48-percent on the night including 53-percent in the second half, while holding Wheelock to 22-percent shooting.
DWC jumped out to an 18-7 lead over the opening 12 and a half minutes and held a 24-13 lead after a Drescher jumper with 4:09 to go but the Eagles closed the half with an 8-3 run with layups from Marson, Travis, Fredericks and Gervais to post a 32-16 lead at the break.
A Drescher jumper early in the second cut the lead at 16 but the Eagles pulled away with a 12-4 run that ate up the next five minutes and a Travis layup made it a 46-20 game at the 14:05 mark and DWC limited the Wildcats to three points over the final 10 minutes to pull away.
The Eagles head to Becker on Saturday for a NECC matchup beginning at 1:00 p.m. Wheelock visits Regis Saturday for a NECC tilt at 1:00 p.m.