Roundup: No. 17 Williams women finish December undefeated


MIDDLETOWN, CONN. — For the third consecutive season, the Williams College women's basketball team head into finals with a perfect record.

The 17th-ranked Ephs (8-0) got 29 points from Devon Caveney as they led wire-to-wire in an 81-62 win at Little Three rival Wesleyan (6-2). The 29 points equalled Caveney's career high, first reached on Dec. 5 against Clarkson.

Caveney scored on a drive to the basket just 19 seconds into the first quarter, and after Tara Berger made 1 of 2 from the foul line, Lauren McCall followed with a 3-point basket.

The Ephs led by as many as 29 points in the game. They outscored Wesleyan 50-22 in the paint and had 22 points off of 22 Cardinal turnovers.

Amani Fernandez had 14 points and six assists for Williams, while Katie Litman had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Berger led Wesleyan with 16 points and 10 boards.


In Utica, N.Y., Williams (5-2) closed out 2015 with a three-game winning streak after getting a 2-1 decision over Utica (9-3-1) on Saturday afternoon. It was the Ephs third straight win.

The game-winning goal was scored by Natalie Bernstein on a power play. The Ephs were some 30 seconds into a power play after Utica's Samantha Husak was whistled for checking at 18:37.

Sara Lehman scored on a second-period power play for Williams, breaking up a scoreless tie at 7:21. Utica's Lauren Patterson tied the game at 3:20 of the third period.

Christina Cleroux made 19 saves for the victory.


In Clinton, N.Y., Williams did everything against Hamilton — except light the lamp.

The 13th-ranked Ephs (5-2-1, 4-1-1 in NESCAC) took 42 shots on net against the Continentals (4-3-1, 2-2-1), but goalie Evan Buitenhuis stopped them all in a 1-0 win. It was the first conference loss for the Ephs.

Freshman Michael Pinios made 30 saves, including 15 in the first period. He could not stop the game winner off the stick of Jon Stickel at 6:06 of the third period.

High school wrestling


The Braves registered a third-place finish at the 16-team Red Raider Invitational at Athol. Taconic only finished behind Hollis-Brookline, N.H. and Natick.

Isiah Williams was the 152-pound champion for the Braves while Ari Burke (113), Zabian Powell (132) and Mason Papirio (138) all finished in second place. Austin Houghtaling (182) was a third-place finisher for Taconic while Jack Mathes (106) was fourth.

"We had some matches that I thought we could have won, but I thought vice-versa there were some surprises in there, too," Taconic coach Jeremy Tetreault said. "To place third, I was happy with that."


At the Early Duals up at Mount Greylock, Monument won all three of its matches.

The Spartans defeated Southwick (48-33), Hampden Charter (43-33) and Fair Haven, Vt. (48-18).

Max Buffoni (106), Eli Jones (113), Nate Cormier (145) and Hayden Gerrow (152) all went undefeated for Monument.

"I thought it was a good weekend, we wrestled really well, it was the first match of the year," Monument coach Simon Jones said. "I'm very happy with our performance, on the Varsity level and the JV as well."

Prep schools


In Simsbury, Conn., Grace Guachione and Sarah Willson each had double-doubles as the Hurricanes rallied in the second half to beat Ethel Walker.

Miss Hall's trailed 20-17 late in the first half when Willson completed a 3-point play. In the second half, the Hurricanes pulled away.

Guachione finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and two blocked shots. Willson had 13 points and 11 boards.


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