Wolves Defense Shines in Conference Victory

Reighly Melochick (3) tied for the team-lead with eight points on Thursday
Reighly Melochick (3) tied for the team-lead with eight points on Thursday

AURORA, N.Y. — The Keuka College Women's Basketball team defeated Wells College 51-34 on Thursday night at Wells College in a North Eastern Athletic Conference game.

Keuka College (6-1, 2-1 NEAC) was led in scoring by Reighly Melochick and Lauren Anten, each scoring eight points. Amanda Wood led Keuka with eight rebounds and added six points.

Keuka College 51 at Wells College 34

Both teams struggled to shoot from the floor in the early minutes of the first half as Keuka College and Wells College each went 2-6 from the field to open the game. A corner three by Riley Record halfway through the first quarter gave Keuka a 7-6 lead. The first would close with Sam Laranjo finding Tiffany Binion in the lane for the layup in the final seconds to give the Wolves a 10-9 lead after one.

The Wolves would grow their lead in the second quarter. The Green and Gold forced eight Wells turnovers in the frame and held the Express to just 20% shooting from the floor. Keuka College doubled up Wells 14-7 in the quarter and led 24-16 at the half.

After exchanging baskets to start the second half, Keuka College scored eight unanswered to build the lead up to 17 points at 35-18 midway through the third. Once again, the Keuka College defense would hold Wells to just seven points in the quarter as the Wolves led 37-23 going into the final quarter.

Keuka College would not let their lead slip below ten points as they continued onto the 51-34 North Eastern Athletic Conference victory on Thursday.

KC Notes:

  • Keuka College improves to 15-5 all-time against Wells College. The Wolves are 7-3 all-time on the Express' home floor.
  • The Wolves are 10-5 against the Express in North Eastern Athletic Conference games.
  • Sarah Tyler scored her 200th point of her career
  • Riley Record and Sam Laranjo each had five steals as Keuka College had 20 in the game
  • The Wolves forced 27 Express turnovers and that led to 26 points for the Green and Gold

Up Next for Keuka College: The Green and Gold will close the fall semester this weekend with a pair of games on the road. Keuka College will face NEAC North foe SUNY Cobleskill on Saturday and then travel to SUNY Delhi for a non-conference game on Sunday. The Wolves split the two games with SUNY Cobleskill last season. Also last season, Keuka College defeated SUNY Delhi in the only meeting between the two schools.