Score: Emerson 80, Clark 64
Records: Emerson Lions (8-11, 6-6 NEWMAC) ; Clark Cougars (9-12, 3-9 NEWMAC)
Location: Worcester, Mass. (Kneller Athletic Center)
Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
The Lead: Backed by the help of four double-digit efforts from freshman Sam Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.), junior Natalie Busch (Weybridge, England), sophomore Quinn Madden (Mokena, Ill.) and junior Charlie Boyle (Scotts Valley, Calif.), the Emerson women's basketball team locked up an 80-64 win over the Clark Cougars in NEWMAC play on Wednesday night and moved its conference record back to .500.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Boyle led all scorers with 18 points on 7-of-10 to go along with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal and finished 3-for-5 on the perimeter.
- Busch followed with 14, while Madden chipped in 11 off the bench with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks and C. Boyle added 10 to match seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.
- Senior Eastin Ashby (Pittston, Penn.) led on the defensive end with three steals.
- Ogechi Ezemma paced Clark with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Jamad Fiin came off the bench with 13 points and Idalis Miranda added 11.
- Emerson wrapped up the win shooting 38.6% (27-70) from the field to go along with a free-throw percentage of 60.7% (17-28) and a perimeter percentage of 32.1% (9-28).
Clark averaged 30.6% from the floor (22-72) with a three-point percentage of 25.0% (7-28) and canned 13-of-18 from the charity line (72.2%).
- The Lions forced 17 turnovers and turned them into 18 points, while the Cougars forced 12 turnovers.
- Clark topped Emerson on the boards (54-47), while the Lions outdid the Cougars in assists (19-17).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- S. Boyle started the first quarter off with back-to-back triples followed a layup from C. Boyle to give Emerson an 8-0 lead as the Lions defense contained the Cougars and held the hosts off the board until the 5:59 mark when Ezemma put up a jumper.
- Sophomore Kate Foultz (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) drained a three with 2:50 on the clock that extended the Lions' lead up to 18-6.
- Through the remainder of the opening frame, Clark canned eight points, including five from Rachel Chen, as Fiin's three fell through and closed the scoring out with Emerson ahead 20-12.
- Clark was able to inch within three backed by five points from Ezemma before closing within a pair (22-20) at 7:04 after Dominique St. Pierre knocked down a three.
- Ezemma evened the score 22-all on a bucket from under the hoop, which led to Miranda draining a free throw that gave the Cougars its first lead at 6:02.
- With Clark in front, Emerson picked up speed on both ends and saw sophomore Leena Kardacz (Harleysville, Penn.) drop in a pair from downtown to help the Lions put its lead back to 10 (37-27).
- Fiin capped off a seven-point individual effort with a triple to close out the second stanza with the Lions carrying a 37-36 lead into halftime.
- After Maya Kersetter and Ezemma each knocked down three's to start off the third, Clark found itself ahead by five (42-37) just under one minute into the quarter.
- Busch, sophomore Natalie Clydesdale (Pittsburgh, Penn.) and S. Boyle answered with seven points, which was enough to put Emerson back on top at 44-42 before Ezemma squared the score again at 44-all.
- 44-all is the closest the hosts would come to the Lions as the visitors took a five -point 58-53 lead into the final 10 minutes.
- With 7:25 to play in the fourth, Busch contributed a three and several layups to up Emerson's lead to 10 and extended their spurt on Ashby's bucket and free throw shot with the lead now at 13 (66-53).
- Emerson claimed its largest lead of the game at the 1:30 mark and led to the Lions 80-64 victory.
- Emerson stays on the road and travels to Smith on Saturday, February 3 at 2:00 p.m.
- Clark remains on its home hardwood on Wednesday, February 7 and welcomes in Springfield at 7:00 p.m.
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