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Women's Basketball Rolls Past Wellesley, 66-47, To Begin Wesleyan (Conn.) Invitational

Women's Basketball Rolls Past Wellesley, 66-47, To Begin Wesleyan (Conn.) Invitational

THE BASICS 

Score: Emerson 66, Wellesley 47

Records: Emerson Lions (2-2) ; Wellesley Blue (3-1)

Location: Middletown, Conn. (Silloway Gymnasium)

Date: Friday, November 22, 2019

The Lead: The Emerson women's basketball team powered their way back into the win column thanks to a 66-47 triumph over Wellesley to begin action at the Wesleyan (Conn.) Invitational on Friday night behind a 15-point night by junior Kailee Yan (Mercer Island, Wash.) and an additional 12 from junior Rachel Davey (Saratoga, Calif.). 

 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS 

EMERSON
Points:
Yan (15) & Davey (12)
Assists: Davey (3)
Rebounds: Katie Beckmann (7)
Steals: Sam Boyle & Julia Mallon (2)
Blocks: Boyle (1)


WELLESLEY

Points: Jiyun Chae (14) & Caitlin Aguirre (11)
Assists: Aguirre, Kendall You Mak and Pujita Shukla (2)
Rebounds: Aguirre & Caitrin Spottiswoode (5)
Steals: Shukla (3)

 

HOW IT HAPPENED 

  • Davey nailed a three followed by a layup from Boyle in the opening minutes of the first quickly gave Emerson a three-point edge over Wellesley (5-2) before the two teams began to exchange leads throughout the course of the quarter.
  • Wellesley gained a three-point lead of its own at the 1:58 mark when Shukla put up a layup only to be answered on the other end with senior Natalie Clydesdale (Pittsburgh, Penn.) banking the equalizing triple (11-11). 
  • With eight seconds left in the first stanza, Yan picked up an offensive rebound and turned it into the go ahead jumper that lifted Emerson to the 13-11 edge. 
  • Yan single handedly propelled the Lions to a seven point advantage a mere 27 seconds into the second on a jumper followed by three-point bucket (18-11). 
  • The seven-point lead was quickly erased down to one on a 6-0 Wellesley spurt with all six points tallied by Chae and was evened on a free throw from Valentina Morakis (18-18). 
  • Another three-pointer from Yan and Clydesdale's free throw pushed Emerson back in front by two at 22-20 just before Shukla squared the score on a layup at 2:26 (22-22). 
  • The Emerson offense took over the remaining 1:53 of the second and embarked on a 11-2 run, capped off by Davey's successful trip to the line, to enter halftime with the 32-24 lead. 
  • Emerson dominated the third quarter, holding Wellesley to just six points and shooting 25.0%, while the Lions knocked down 53.3% of its shots for 22 points and a comfortable 54-30 lead. 
  • Wellesley outscored Emerson within the fourth, 17-12, yet the Lions were able to keep the Blue far enough to hold on to the 66-47 victory. 

 

UP  NEXT

  • Emerson and Wellesley continue on play in the Wesleyan (Conn.) Inviational tomorrow against opponents yet to be announced. 

 

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