Score: Western New England 75, Emerson 72
Records: Emerson Lions (2-7, 0-3 NEWMAC) ; Western New England Golden Bears (6-2, 2-1 CCC)
Location: Boston, Mass. (Brown & Plofker Gym)
Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017
The Lead: In the final home game of its 2017 schedule, the Emerson women's basketball team were narrowly edged out, 75-72, by the visiting Western New England Golden Bears on Saturday afternoon with sophomores Kate Foultz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) and Natalie Clydesdale (Pittsburgh, Penn.) leading the Lions with 18 and 17 points, respectively.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Foultz finished 6-for-11 from the field and canned 4-of-7 from the three-point line for 18 points, one rebound and two assists.
- Clydesdale canned 17 points and went 7-for-9 on the floor and 3-for-4 on the free throw line to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.
- Freshman Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.) led the defense on both teams by grabbing nine rebounds.
- Dorothy O'Neill paced all scorers with 20 points and finished 8-for-17 from the hardwood with six assists and two steals.
- Meghan Orbann also had six rebounds and Courtney Carlson also put up 10 points and two steals, while Lauren Chadwick and Emily Scurka each had one block.
- Emerson went 27-for-54 (50%) on the floor and canned 38.9% of its shots beyond the arc (7-18) and were 11-of-14 from the free throw line (78.6%).
- Western New England finished 55.1% from the field (27-49) with a 55.6% on the three point line (10-18) and converted 11-of-16 from the free throw line (68.8%).
- The Lions beat the Golden Bears on the glass (28-26) and within the paint (32-18) with both teams both being credited with 17 assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Foultz collected 11 of Emerson's 21 points within the opening quarter and kept Emerson in the game with the score at 22-21 in Western New England's favor.
- After Western New England grabbed a 7-2 lead less than three minutes into the stanza, back-to-back triples from Foultz and a jumper from freshman Ashley Toner (Barnegat, N.J.) at 1:06 gave the Lions its first lead at 21-20.
- The Golden Bears gained the first's final possession with Emily Scurka drawing the foul with one second on the clock and nailed both free throws to put them on top, 22-21.
- The visitors jumped out to its biggest lead of the half at seven (34-27) after they canned 10 points to open the second quarter as Emerson answered with the next nine points and put themselves on top 38-36 with 1:04 to go.
- A trey from Scurka knotted Western New England with Emerson at 38-all with 42 seconds left in the half, but could not capitalize on the go-ahead jumper from Emily Farrell.
- Farrell's missed attempt with 28 seconds handed possession over to Emerson and allowed senior Eastin Ashby (Pittston, Penn.) a triple that would put the Lions on top 41-38 as the buzzer sounded.
- Western New England wasted little time and converted eight consecutive points within the span of a minute to regain a five point lead over Emerson (46-41).
- A shot from downtown from Hannah Zirkel at the 5:00 mark gave the Golden Bears a six point lead (51-45), but seven points from the Lions gave them the 52-51 edge after a triple from junior Natalie Busch (Weybridge, England).
- O'Neill canned a jumper to give Western New England the 56-53 as freshman Sophia Detweiler (West Chester, Penn.) brought Emerson back within one (56-55) to wrap the third.
- The biggest score margin within the fourth was held by Western New England at four (5:12) before Emerson propelled the score to 69-66 in their favor on a tray from Clydesdale at 3:48.
- O'Neill once again nailed a shot in the clutch with a triple that knotted the score 69-all with the Golden Bears putting up the next four points to maintain the four point lead (74-72) as the Golden Bears tacked on the winning point on the free throw line.
- Emerson remains in non conference action as they head across town for its final game of 2017 at Suffolk at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12.
- Western New England takes a short break for the holidays with its next set of games coming in the Land of Magic Classic where they will face Messiah on December 28 at 5:00 p.m. and Framingham State on December 29 at 7:00 p.m.
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