Basketball: Mount Holyoke vs. Wellesley

Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 15:22

THE MATCHUP: Mount Holyoke plays host to New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Wellesley College Saturday afternoon (2:00 p.m.) at the Mildred Howard Gymnasium in South Hadley, Massachusetts. In 43 previous meetings between the programs, the Blue own a 26-17 advantage. They downed the Lyons 49-36 last winter. Prior to that contest, Mount Holyoke had come out on top four times in a row.
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MHC LogoTHE LYONS: Mount Holyoke (6-14, 3-5 NEWMAC) has dropped two straight contests after winning three in a row and four out of five. In their most recent home game, the Lyons downed NEWMAC rival Smith College 53-45. Erin Cain drained four shots from beyond the arc en route to 16 points. Meanwhile, Christine Chancy chipped in with nine points, nine boards, five steals and four assists. Mount Holyoke has since fallen to both WPI (44-33) and Clark University (54-46). Cain recorded her second career double-double on 13 points and ten boards against Clark. For the season, she has averaged a team best 11.4 points per game. The guard’s 27 three pointers lead the squad, and she has totaled 36 assists and 27 steals. The Lyons have also received a boost from Chancy, who has tallied 8.8 points and a club high 6.9 rebounds per game. Her 32 steals and 39 assists are both good for tops on the team. The guard has racked up four double-doubles. Guard Katie Austen has recorded 8.8 points and 6.4 boards per outing. Meanwhile, forward Emma Washauer has amassed 8.1 points per game.

Opponent LogoTHE BLUE: Wellesley (8-8, 2-6 NEWMAC) started the season with an overall record of 7-4. The Blue have since suffered setbacks in each of their last two outings and four of their last five. In their most recent contest, they were downed 72-57 by WPI. Forward Jessica Duff scored her 1,000th career point in the game and finished with 17 points and 17 rebounds. For the season, she has tallied 17.2 points and 12.3 boards per outing, both team highs. She has amassed 22 steals and 12 blocked shots. Forward Julia Thomas has posted 12.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per outing. Meanwhile, Courtney Richter has drained 20 three pointers on her way to a scoring average of 8.8 points per game. The forward’s 43 assists are good for tops on the squad. As a team, Wellesley has been dominant on the glass. The Blue have outrebounded their opponents by nearly 11 boards per contest. They have piled up 38 blocked shots and are shooting 38.5% from the floor.

NEXT UP: Both squads will resume their NEWMAC slates on Wednesday. Mount Holyoke will travel to Springfield College at 5:30 p.m., while Wellesley will host Wheaton College at 7:00 p.m.