Fighting Scots More Than Double Pine Manor 74-30
The College of Wooster methodically broke down the Pine Manor
College defense, played smothering defense of its own, and
dominated the rebounding margin Sunday afternoon, as the visiting
Fighting Scots evened their record at 3-3 by rolling to a 74-30
non-conference victory during the first contest of their two-game
Sunday's game appeared to be a mismatch on paper, and it played out that way. Wooster scored the first five points of the contest on a jumper by junior Kaitlin Krister along with a free throw and jumper by classmate Kym Wenz. Pine Manor (1-6) scored the next four points cutting the Scot advantage to one at 5-4. However, Wooster steadily built the lead back up to nine on a quick 8-0 spurt. The Gators then got the margin down to four via a 5-0 spurt only to see the Scots quickly pull away. They outscored Pine Manor 20-4 the rest of the half and held a 35-15 lead at the halftime break.
The second half was a mere formality, with Wooster maintaining more than a 20-point advantage the final 20 minutes of action, including holding their biggest lead with the final margin at 44.
Ten of the 13 Scot players that dressed scored, including three in double figures. Wenz went for 20 points on 7-of-11 field goals, and recorded her third career double-double pulling down 10 rebounds. She added five steals and three assists in just 23 minutes of action. Krister posted a near double-double with 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the floor to go along with nine rebounds.
Freshman Christina Cruce also finished in double figures knocking in a career-high 10 points and grabbing three boards. Junior Deanna Pickett, starting her second game of the season for the Scots, added eight points and six rebounds, while Samantha Sulzer turned in career-bests of nine points and six rebounds off the bench
Overall, Wooster held Pine Manor to just under 19.1 percent field goal shooting (13-of-68), including 0-of-9 from three-point territory, and won the rebounding battle 66-39. The 66 rebounds recorded by the Scots is the fourth-highest total in a single game in the program's history.
The Scots made 45.7 percent of their shots form the floor (32-of-70), and recorded a season-best 15 steals defensively.
The Scots conclude their trip east on Tuesday afternoon when they take on Worcester State College (2-6) in the first meeting between the two schools with tip-off scheduled for noon.