Sam LaCroce '12 Nets Career-High 18 Points, Eileen Gaffney '12 Named All-Tourney as Cards Win Consolation
Trailing New Jersey City U. for only the first minute of the contest before taking the lead on an Erin Gold '11 free throw three minutes in, the Cardinals never looked back in building a double-digit lead on the first half en route to a 70-54 win in the consolation game of the Stevens Tip-Off Tournament Sat., Nov. 21. Gold finished the game with 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds while shooting 9-for-11 at the line.
Sam LaCroce '12 (#20, photo insert lower right) went 6-for-10 from the field and 6-for-7 from the charity stripe in collecting a game-high 18 points, her highest game total to date. Last year, LaCroce hit for 13 points in a contest at Tufts for her previous best game. Eileen Gaffney '12 (#30, main photo) received a nod to the all-tournament team at Stevens after scoring 13 points and grabbing eight caroms to go along with three steals and an assist vs. NJCU. In Wesleyan's first-round game vs. tournament winner Babson, Gaffney had the Cardinals' best stats with 11 points, five rebounds, four blocks, an assist and a steal.
By the middle of the first half against NJCU, the Cardinals forged a 22-12 edge when Ali Newman '12 converted a three-point play. From that points, Wesleyan held at least a nine-point lead before stretching the margin to 12 at halftime, 35-23. Wesleyan methodically advanced the difference to as many as 21 points in the second period, leading 54-33 on a LaCroce layup with 12 minutes to go. This was the first-ever meeting between Wesleyan and NJCU. The Cardinals shot a brisk 49 percent from the floor and 76 percent at the line in securing their initial win of the year.
Wesleyan will have 10 days off from competition before resuming game mode on Tues., Dec. 1 with action at St. Joseph (Conn.). The Cards are 9-1 all-time against St. Joseph, riding a current eight-game win streak vs. the Blue Jays including last year's 94-41 victory in Middletown.