MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Before the 2012-13 season started, Williams men's basketball coach Mike Maker said he had a lot of weapons at his disposal. Monday night, host Wesleyan shut down NESCAC player of the week Mike Mayer, so enter Taylor Epley.
Epley scored a team-high 13 points and the Williams defense held 23rd-ranked Wesleyan to 29 percent shooting from the floor in a 56-48 win over the Cardinals. The win kept Williams' perfect start going. The Ephs are 3-0 and now are off until they face MCLA on Sunday.
The Cardinals' (2-1) last lead in the game came with 12:33 left on a Shasha Brown drive to the bucket that put his team up 8-7.
Williams women's basketball
SPRINGFIELD -- It took the 23rd-ranked Williams women (3-0) more than three minutes to get on the scoreboard against Springfield, missing four shots and committing a turnover, but they rebounded and finished with a 43-31 victory.
Claire Baecher's jumper with 16:45 left in the half took the lid off the Eph basket. Six minutes later, freshman Katie Litman scored four unanswered points and the Ephs never trailed again.
Springfield did a good job defending Baecher, who was held to four points on 2-for-6 shooting from the floor. Guard Ellen Cook scored 10 of her game-high 17 points in the second half as the Ephs pulled away to the double-digit win.