AURORA, N.Y. – Freshman Lindsay Achzet (Johnstown, N.Y.) tied a career high mark with 15 points as the Wells College women's basketball team posted a 56-34 victory over the Mustangs of Morrisville State College Wednesday evening at the Frances Tarlton Farenthold Athletic Wing. With the victory, the Express collect their seventh North Eastern Athletic Conference victory of the season, a program record, while improving to 8-9 overall (7-2 NEAC) on the season. The Mustangs fall to 1-16 overall and to 1-8 within league play.
The Express collect three-straight victories for the first time in program history and have also won five of their last six contests, also a program record. Against league opponents in the month of January, Wells boasts a commanding 6-2 record. Additionally, the Express have collected victories in their last four games in the Frances Tarlton Farenthold Athletic Wing.
Achzet's 15 points led the team while junior Ashley Roser (Taberg, N.Y.) chipped in with her 51st career double-double by tallying 12 points and 10 rebounds on the evening. Additionally, sophomore Jessilyn Artaho-Aki (Kapaa, Hawaii) and freshman Holli Erkson (Cooperstown, N.Y.) scored nine and eight points, respectively, with both players posting two steals to their credit. Junior Kristen Ryan (Syracuse, N.Y.) led the team with five assists to her credit, tying a career-high mark in the process.
The Express led the entire way, claiming an early lead via an Achzet layup in the paint with only 48 ticks off the game clock. The closest the Mustangs would come to overtaking the Express came with 11:29 remaining in the first half, as Nijee' Scott posted a layup and drew a foul. Her ensuing converted free throw cut the margin to 15-11, but they could not muster any additional comeback chances.
Ryan lifted the Express to a game-high 23 point lead with 10:52 remaining in regulation time with a layup in the paint. Wells held Morrisville State at arm's length for the remainder of the contest, settling for a 22 point lead as time expired. Wells out-shot their opponent 35.9% to 27.8%, including a 60% to 33.3% conversion rate from the free throw line in favor of the Express.
Jennel Paul led the way for Morrisville State, scoring 10 of her team's 34 points. Scott barely missed a double-double, scooping up 10 boards but tallying only nine points offensively. Paul chipped in three assists while Scott and Akiella Parks posted three takeaways apiece.
The Express return to action Saturday, Jan. 26 as they host the Fighting Tigers of SUNY Cobleskill in a 1:00 p.m. tilt. Stay up to date with the latest news directly from the Wells College athletic department by "liking" us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/WellsExpress) and subscribing to our Twitter account (http://www.twitter.com/WellsExpress).