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December 4th, 2013

Vassar defeats Wesleyan

Matsuoka finished with a game-high 17 points for Vassar, dishing out four assists to with her point total. Photo by: ED DILLER
MIDDLETOWN, CT - The Vassar College women’s basketball squad held previously undefeated Wesleyan University (CT) to just 18 first-half points, while shooting 59.3 percent in the opening stanza to earn a 65-52 non-conference win Tuesday evening in action from Silloway Gymnasium.

The Brewers (4-0) earned their undefeated record through four games for the third straight season, as their stifling defense forced WU (5-1) into just 28.6 percent (18-63) shooting from the field on the evening. A quick 10-0 run to open the game, with five coming from Cydni Matsuoka, was just the start that Vassar was looking for.

VC would increase its lead to as much as 25 with 4:54 remaining in the first period after a jumper from Matsuoka, cruising into the break with a 40-18 halftime lead. Matsuoka had 13 points in the first to lead all scorers, while sophomore Caitlin Drakeley added nine.

 Vassar continued to nurse its large advantage into the second half, holding a 23-point advantage 4:28 left in the game. The Cardinals would go on an 11-0 run over the next three minutes, posting 18 second-half points off turnovers, but it was too little, too late for the hosts.

Matusoka finished with a game-high 17 points for Vassar, dishing out four assists to with her point total. Drakeley ended the contest with 16 points and four boards, and Hannah Senftleber added her second double-double of the year with 12 points and 10 boards.

 The supporting cast of the Brewers added a solid game as well, as Allyson Pemberton made all three of her field goals for six points, adding three assists. The Brewers shot a season-best 52 percent from the floor, making 26 of their 50 attempts from the field.

 Vassar also held a decided advantage in the rebounding column, out-boarding Wesleyan 46-26 on the night. “We played a great first half, we were sound on the defensive end,” said head coach Candice Brown. “We executed on the offensive end and got the looks that we wanted. Our defense though really helped break open the game.”

Kaylie Williams came off the bench to lead the Cardinals in scoring Tuesday evening, chalking up 14 points on five-of-six shooting. KellyAnn Rooney registered 11 points, and Amber Wessells poured in 10 points for Wesleyan. The Cardinals took care of the ball, turning it over only nine times, but could not overcome their poor shooting.

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