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Wellesley Falls to Bridgewater State, 91-46

Jiyun Chae '24 (Frank Poulin)
Jiyun Chae '24 (Frank Poulin)

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. - Bridgewater State overpowered Wellesley College basketball in a 91-46 win in the first round of the BSU Cave Classic on Friday from Adrian Tinsley Center. 

Sophomore Kylie Grassi (Plymouth, Mass.) lead the Bears (4-0) with 18 points and four assists while four additional players scored in double figures. Junior Jiyun Chae (Chantilly, Va.) paced the Blue (2-3) with 10 points, making four of seven shots.

Senior Kylee Piche (Bridgewater, Mass.) got the Bears on the board first, stealing the ball and going coast-to-coast for a layup. Shortly after, Chae tied the game at 2-2 on a basket for the Blue assisted by first year Arla Hofer (Las Vegas, Nev.). BSU got their lead to five at 11-6 on a layup from Piche. Sophomore Arielle Cleveland (Groveland, Mass.) hit a buzzer-beater for BSU at the end of the first to give the Bears a 20-11 lead.

The Bears outscored the Blue 26-11 in the second quarter. Senior Sophie Gaucher (Lakeville, Mass.) scored nine points in the quarter for BSU who shot 11-20 from the field in the quarter. 

The Bears also outscored Wellesley in the third quarter. Senior Pujita Shukla (Austin, Texas) scored six points for the Blue in the quarter and provided a pair of assists. Senior Sydney Bradbury (East Bridgewater, Mass.) hit a trio of threes for BSU in the quarter.

Grassi would shot 4-5 with eight points for Bridgewater State in the fourth as Bridgewater State finished off a convincing 91-46 win.

Bridgewater State shot 50 percent from the field in the game while out rebounding Wellesley 53-30.

The Blue will play New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Emerson in non-conference play tomorrow at 5:00 PM in their second game of the BSU Cave Classic. The Bears will take on Emerson on Sunday at noon to conclude the Cave Classic.