Saturday, January 20, 2018

Kelley Records Double-Double in Wilkes Women’s Basketball’s 75-59 Loss to King’s

WILKES-BARRE – Maddie Kelley recorded her first career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds but the Wilkes University women’s basketball team lost 75-59 to crosstown rival King’s College on Hall of Fame Day at the Marts Center Saturday afternoon.

Wilkes is now 4-12 overall and 0-6 in the Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom (MAC Freedom) while King’s improved to 9-8 overall and 4-2 in the MAC Freedom.

The Lady Colonels held an 8-7 lead 4:31 into the first quarter with six points coming from Alyssa Alfano. The Lady Monarchs would respond to take a 12-8 lead with the next five points. A Sierra Smith three-pointer tied the score at 14 with 58 seconds left in the quarter but Wilkes trailed 16-15 heading to the second quarter.

Kelley provided a spark for the Lady Colonels off the bench in the second quarter with seven points and four rebounds. Her trey with 6:10 left in the quarter gave Wilkes a 20-19 lead. Chelsea Ekes nailed a three-pointer to push the lead to 29-25 before King’s closed on a 7-3 run to send the game into halftime tied at 32.

King’s came out of halftime and produced a great third quarter where the Lady Monarchs built their lead to as many as 13 points and led 56-45 heading to the final 10 minutes.

The lead was extended to a game-high 19 with 5:47 left but Wilkes was able to go on an 11-2 run over the next 2:43 to get within 10 points at 66-56. In the run Alfano made four free-throws and Catey McFadden nailed a shot from behind the arc. The Lady Colonels were unable to close any closer in the final three minutes of play.

Kelley’s career-high 16 points and 11 rebounds came in 21 minutes of action and on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor. She was also 3-of-4 from the foul line and had two assists. Alfano joined Kelley in double figures with 11 points. McFadden finished with eight points and Sofranko had seven points, three rebounds, and three assists. Gianna Roberts pulled in eight rebounds for the Lady Colonels.

Alexis Steeber had a game-high 23 points to lead the King’s attack and she also grabbed 10 rebounds. Rebecca Prociak added 19 points and Mackenzie Yori had 15.

The Wilkes bench led King’s 29-13 in scoring.
The Lady Colonels play their last non-conference game of the season next when they travel to Reading, Pa. to take on Alvernia University Monday evening at 6:00 p.m.

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