DiNucci's Surge Not Enough As Women's Basketball Falls To Westfield State
WESTFIELD, Mass. – Even as Emerson's Olivia DiNucci scored the game-high of 18 points on the night, the team effort by the Westfield State Owls proved to be invaluable as four difference players collected double-digits in points while Jen Ashton cranked out a triple-double as the Emerson Women's Basketball Team fell 76-49 Tuesday night to move to 3-3 on the year.
The first half saw Westefield State come out ready to play some defense as they forced 12 turnovers in the 20 minutes, with six steals, three alone to Jen Ashton. The Lions work on the floor didn't help as well, as they put up an uncanny 22% from the floor and only 8% from long range, going 1-13 beyond the arc.
The Owls swooped in to take advantage of the off-kilt Lions, putting up 41% on the floor and banging the boards for 19 rebounds. Westfield State worked to shift their attention on defense as well as Elissa Chojnicki put up 3-5 on the floor and seven points to lead EC, who went into the break down 30-15.
The second round saw both teams pick up the offensive assault with EC nearly doubling their shooting in every regard in the half. DiNucci worked her second half magic again, going out to blaze 18 points, with half coming from the land of three alone while picking up two steals. Rookie southpaw Marissa Nobile also checked into the game to show some shooting skills as she went 3-5 on the floor to pick up eight points in the half.
The night belonged to the wily hooting birds though, with Molly Waitt dropping 10 of Westfield's 46 in the half while Jen Ashton continued to dominate the glass and the rim with eight rebounds and seven points to polish off her triple double.
The Lions will head back to the home hardwood this weekend as they set to host Fitchburg State this Saturday in Boston at Emerson's Brown-Plofker Gym. The game will tip at high noon and will be broadcast live on ESN.